She’s the teen star who won X Factor Malta, defeating some beloved veterans from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. And now Michela has proven she’s much more than a balladeer, releasing her reggaeton-infused track “Chameleon”.
Deban and I recently sat down to react — in front of a rolling camera. You can watch our unfiltered reaction below. Scroll down in this post and you can also read some of the comments are readers left on our original news item.
Writing in the wiwibloggs comments section, Sabrina had a lot of praise for the Maltese teen.
“Since Michela won X-Factor singing ballads, it surprised me that they gave her this song. She’s talented, young, and pretty, it was unavoidable that someone in the industry would think about pushing her into doing that, but we’ll need to check how comfortable she’ll feel doing it so early. By now, I like it much more than Switzerland’s and Cyprus’ entries. Her voice’s cracks (love them!) are refreshing for a genre so sanitized by autotune. And the ‘controversial’ chorus sounds current and avoid the track getting repetitive faster.”
Loin d’ici is living for the dance number and hopes it will translate to the Tel Aviv stage.
“Yes, we got another bop for this year. It’s exciting, tropical, fresh for Malta standards. Now I’m worried about the staging–not because Malta can’t bring their A-game, but can they make Michela exude the same level of energy on the stage?”
A random russian guy isn’t worried about staging. In fact, he’s pretty excited about it.
“I am a dancer and I like it. They have unlimited opportunities for staging this song starting from fusion choreography and ending with transformer (or illuminating) costumes and edgy colorful backgrounds and lighting. With smart staging and smooth performance, this can be in top-5.”
JeyDelRey said he’s sick of the comparisons to “Fuego”.
“Why do people keep saying that every song is a copy of ‘Fuego’? It’s getting so annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked ‘Fuego’ but Eleni didn’t invent the genre. Anyway, I absolutely love this entry, especially since it is not what I was expecting at all. I also love her voice and the chorus, I like that it is unusual. The Caribbean flavour is perfectly used, to create an atmosphere, a feeling, rather than being the main focus. Out of the «bops » of this year, I think this is my favorite for its edginess. Well done Malta, I really hope to see you in the final!”
Wiwiblogger Robyn raised an interesting point — that “Chameleon” is the entry countless Maltese acts have tried to deliver in the past in their national selection.
“The more I listen to ‘Chameleon’, the more it sounds like exactly the sort of entry Malta has been trying to get right over the past few years of MESC. Essentially, a young woman singing an upbeat, empowering anthem, not just about her but also ‘we’. And as a bonus, it’s a chance to show off some classic Maltese interpretive dance without feeling out of place.”
“My only concern: the song is cheeky. It needs a performer with a little sass. Based on what I’ve seen of Michela on the X Factor, I’m not sure that’s her style. But she might deliver!”
“You are completely right on all counts. This kind of song takes a certain kind of personality and performer. She’s a young girl with little experience and sang mostly ballads standing still. This will require a complete role reversal from what we’ve seen from here. I’m wondering what the writers , the broadcaster or herself thought in picking this song for her. Let’s see if she rises to the occasion. Best of luck to her. I always get nervous for young performers like a Blanche.”
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I believe this song shows my full potential! I'm so grateful to have got the chance to perform 'Shallow' to you all during @xfactormalta Live Show 3 originally sang by the amazing @ladygaga from @starisbornmovie! I thank as always, all of you for your incredible support. Thank you for your votes .. @howardkeithdebono thank you for your great mentoring.