At the end of January she won the first ever series of X Factor Malta, earning the right to represent the Mediterranean island at Eurovision 2019. And now, a month and a half later, Michela Pace (now just going by Michela) has finally revealed the song she’ll be singing in Tel Aviv: “Chameleon”.
In a stark contrast to the ballads that Michela predominately sang whilst on X Factor Malta, “Chameleon” is a fully upbeat and contemporary number with pop and R’n’B touches.
Michela – “Chameleon”
The song is written by the Symphonix team of Joacim Perrson, Paula Winger, Borislav Milanov and Johan Alkanas. They’ve been behind a number of recent Eurovision entries, including Poli Genova’s “If Love Was Crime” and Equinox’s “Bones”. Borislav has also penned Azerbaijan’s entry for Tel Aviv, “Truth”.
In the music video we see Michela and her backing dancers becoming one with nature. Full of flowers, parrots, and of course a chameleon, it’s bright and colourful. The lyrics are also included throughout.
Malta will be hoping that this “Chameleon” will gain a better reaction than Ira Losco’s 2016 national final entry. Despite winning Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a similarly named track, the Maltese singer later ditched the song in favour of eventual Eurovision song “Walk On Water”.
Michela will be performing “Chameleon” in the second half of semi-final two in Tel Aviv in May.
Michela is 18 years old and comes from from the island of Gozo, just north east of the main island of Malta. She entered X Factor Malta while still a student, but soon became the front runner of the competition.
In her first audition she brought Eurovision 2002 and 2016 contestant Ira Losco to tears with her rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Fellow judge and rock legend Ray Mercieca said that Michela was destined to have along career ahead of her.
She sailed through bootcamp and made it to the final 14 of the girls category, who were mentored by music manager Howard Keith Debono. After securing a seat in the six-chair challenge singing Kesha’s emotional ballad “Praying”, Michela then headed to Judge’s Houses. Her rendition of Adele’s “Turning Tables” secured her a spot in the live shows.
Continuing to stun both the judges and audience at home, Michela battled her way to the grand final of the show. There she sung with acclaimed Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, took on Maltese/Gozitan classic song “Inti Djamant”, before finishing with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s smash hit “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.
In the end, the Maltese public crowned Michela the winner of X Factor Malta.
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