Malta — the little island with massive ambition — isn’t playing games when it comes to Eurovision 2019. X Factor Malta, which served as their 2019 selection, gifted Europe 18-year-old Michela — a fresh face with a big voice. Then came her song “Chameleon”, which set the fandom alight with its unique mix of reggaeton, dance hall and pop. The song comes from our friends at The Symphonix, who have secured Top 4 places during the last three editions of Eurovision.

And now comes even more exciting news. Michela is working with noted choreographer Ambra Succi and the graphics geniuses at Front Pictures for her stage show in Tel Aviv.

Ambra is well-known in Sweden for her work with Loreen on the choreography of “Euphoria” — perhaps the most iconic and most celebrated Eurovision performance of the modern era. From her quirky crab dance to the scooping motions of her arms to the memorable lift from a backing dancer who appeared out of nowhere, Ambra dreams up moves that matter.

She was also responsible for Robin Stjernberg’s winning performance at Melodifestivalen 2013, and has served as the main choreographer on X-Factor Sweden and for countless musical theatre productions in Scandinavia.

Michela’s music video for “Chameleon” includes every colour under the sun and shows her working a variety of editorial looks — inside the palazzo and in stunning natural landscapes.

And it seems she’ll drop something as dynamic and eye-popping in Tel Aviv as she’ll work with the award-winning Front Pictures. They’re the graphic artists behind Ukraine’s Eurovision 2016 stage show. Jamala’s breaking beats song wasn’t an obvious winner prior to the contest. But owing partly to their iconic graphics — including that tree — they stormed to victory.

More recently they created the amazing visuals for Pink’s performance of “Try” at the Brit Awards 2019. Americans will know their work from America’s Got Talent.

Are you excited to see what Michela and her team have come up with? What kind of staging do you expect? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Fyrom 2017 part 2 is coming ….justsaying, she is one of my favourites to win

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

The song sounds like Fuego! It follows the same recipe (hire Swedish team) but i am curious to see Michela’s presence. In any case, this is a certain qualifier and a Top 10 result is almost on lock for Malta.

dave
dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Y’all speak as if Eleni invented a new genre with Fuego. Malta has a great chance this year. This song’s a banger and I’m here for it! Choreography and staging look like they’re being correctly cared for too! Michela’s vocals are undoubtedly good!

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

Effect on the odds ? Malta is now 8th switching with Greece.

Hmm
Hmm
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Well to be honest it is Greece’s odds that are drifting :P.

Odds takes some time to react to an event. We will see tomorrow if Malta’s odds shorten or stay the same. I am anticipating a slight improvement.

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
1 year ago

Huh. Alright. Then my expectations are VERY VERY high now.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

it’s the same person who staged jana burceska’s dance alone, u might as well lower them

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

But the big difference is that Michela can sing.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

we’re talkin bout the stage performance here

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

With good vocals Jana would have qualify. The main problem was not the staging.

Hmm
Hmm
1 year ago

Jana burceska live was not as good as studio version. Her song gave off 80s vibes, which may have put off potential voters. Also, the title ‘Dance Alone’ didn’t help for the staging, for obvious reasons 😀

star1
star1
1 year ago

I guess Jana Burceska had to dance alone because of the name of the song, so yea pretty much sums up why the staging was bad

star1
star1
1 year ago

I predict she’ll end up 6th – 10th in the final. If this was Sweden or Russia, top 3 for sure.

Marios
Marios
1 year ago

Malta and Cyprus both deserve to win more than anyone Its a huge opportunity to showcase our countries. We are not Sweden you know..

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Marios

an opportunity to showcase what ? there’s literally not one single cypriot person in cyprus’ team, neither among the songwriters nor among the performers. y’all just gon showcase a bunch of swedish people.

aroncido
aroncido
1 year ago

Seems to be reinforcing my theory that this may very well be a dark horse.

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
1 year ago
Reply to  aroncido

Wow Bjork and Eurovision fan, just like me 🙂

Valentino
Valentino
1 year ago

Feel that many countries are really investing into great staging this year. Hopefully we’ll have really great performances in Tel Aviv.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

This is Malta’s best entry ever! Excited to see it on stage in May 🙂

bastian
bastian
1 year ago

lol so now it will win esc? Ofcourse not, good song but far from amazing. And Michela seems to miss that something special. Could top top 7 if they get it right, but winning? Nope.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

Malta is spending money like never before.

Yol
Yol
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

Like ever before :’D

Verita
Verita
1 year ago
Reply to  Yol

Most money spent was on Ira Losco ! A lot and a lot ! They did not say the whole the truth how much they have spent ! Cos it would be a scandal ! And the way they used and rejected people who worked hard for a long period of years … where dumped with no shame!

Ugnius
Ugnius
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

Ira Losco says hi

Henry
Henry
1 year ago

Wow! i think that Malta is gonna Slay this year. Winning? Maybe.. But top 5 is possible!

A18
A18
1 year ago

Give me the trophy, I’m a WINNER

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  A18

When life gives me trolls , i never walk away na na

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Give me fire, I’m a fighter. Give me hype, I’m hyped. Please don’t blow it Malta, you have a real chance with this one.

GUEST
GUEST
1 year ago

Year after year Malta is underrated. I hope the ESC community would give the support that is deserved to this entry

Hey dudes
Hey dudes
1 year ago

Ambri succi didnt help Macedonia in 2017 a lot though

A18
A18
1 year ago
Reply to  Hey dudes

Have you heard Jana Burceska sing Dance Alone live? I’m sorry but she sucked .. loved the song though

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  A18

And you can clearly hear that a sound effect was used on her voice (this shouldn’t even be allowed in my opinion). The invisible back-singers were doing most of the job.

Going back to Malta, I hope they won’t make the mistake of letting Michela alone on stage. This a bop that needs backsingers dancers on stage.

Vision
Vision
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Yes I think she has four dancers, she just posted a photo on her Instagram account

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Hey dudes

Jan was pregnant at the time. It was likely unexpected so it is probable that there wasn’t much else they could have done to make significant changes to the choreography they were planning on doing beyond what we eventually ended up seeing.

GUEST
GUEST
1 year ago

someone’s butthurt

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

I mean…can they win? Maybe. It’s catchy enough. Lord knows they’ve waited a long enough time for that first trophy. I doubt it personally, but hey, expect the unexpected.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 year ago

Looks like Malta knows that “Chameleon” is their best chance in years at winning and are doing everything they can to win. This feels like the first time they’ve really focused on an international-quality performance, not just throwing in whatever local talent they can muster.

On one hand, it’s a pity because it’s always good to use local, but if Malta wins and hosts, they will no doubt find a role for every songwriter, producer and dancer on the islands.

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

I hope there is some connect between all those talented artists. I mean, I hope the choreographer knows what the graphic artists doing, and vice versa. Robyn, can wiwibloggs publish a list of all stage directors, choreographers and graphic artists competing this year?

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

^I actually like this idea

Mirko
Mirko
1 year ago

They’re trying to spend all the money they reached covering most of the screen with their advertisement! 🙂

GUEST
GUEST
1 year ago
Reply to  Mirko

The money they got from the advertisments in X Factor Malta 🙂

esc stan
esc stan
1 year ago

2012. will repeat itself

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

reminds me of when they spent €1 million on ira losco in 2016 only to crash n burn with that stale generic song

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago

All these downvotes but you’re really not wrong

A18
A18
1 year ago

I honestly think the song was good, the staging wasn’t really what the Maltese team wanted it to be, she was going to wear a massive coat with projections if I’m not mistaken but they had some technical issues

SAARA’S SOLDIER
SAARA’S SOLDIER
1 year ago

I mean she came 12th… still better than Italy that year huh?

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

lmfao not u tryin to come for one of the most successful countries in eurovision this decade

James
James
1 year ago

Didn’t Malta qualify that year? They were also top ten by the juries so how exactly did they “crashed and burned”?

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  James

I don’t know the situation that year, but I predict people were putting a big expectation on Ira. Surely, she qualified with being first with the juries and ninth with the televote. Malta ended up burning in the final, where they got fourth with the juries but sunk with being 21st with the televote–a strange occurrence.

maltese_falcon
maltese_falcon
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

According to Ira’s manager it was SVT’s fault because they could not cater for the staging requested by Ira’s team so they had to go for a more generic staging than planned. They still had to pay for everything though hehe

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  James

16 points in televote on a €1 million budget is the definition of crashin n burnin. everyone expected malta to be much higher than 12th overall, let alone 21st with the public.

martin
martin
1 year ago

In 2016, ira losco was going to use a massive coat projection in 7d. It was something that was never used before and also 3 years later we still are waiting for something like that. The problem was the SVT that failed to manage this new technology. If the plan works it is for sure that malta finished top 5.

Hmm
Hmm
1 year ago

Chameleon is better than walk on water in my opinion. Also, chameleon is now 6th on the eurovision scoreboard app and still gaining votes.

Shanfa Chai
Shanfa Chai
1 year ago

Malta really wanted to win. I hope Michela will serve us some great vocals and dancing.

“Chameleon” is my favorite song from this year’s Eurovision.

Kayleen
Kayleen
1 year ago
Reply to  Shanfa Chai

Count me in. I’ve been listening to it on repeat.

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

This really gears up.for a shock win. Malta, Iceland, Cyprus are due for their first wins anyway, I would not mind seeing either of them to win.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

When life gives the budget, yes, I know, I’ll never save away, na na, just spend with me now.

Bercolata
Bercolata
1 year ago

Give me budget I’m a spender.

esc stan
esc stan
1 year ago
Reply to  Bercolata

Give me money I’m your honey

SAARA’S SOLDIER
SAARA’S SOLDIER
1 year ago
Reply to  Bercolata

Give me Succi, I’ll wear Gucci, yaa yaa yaaa