The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Malta where X Factor winner Michela has “Chameleon”. Could we see where she was coming from? Read on to find out!
Michela with “Chameleon”
Pablo: My first reaction was “Holy (expletive)! Is this really Malta? Malta?!” This song is incredible, not going to mince words. It feel like it’s the first time in a long while that the Maltese artist has a song both modern and age-appropriate. From a quirky and fun pop drop to a Margaret-style breakdown, “Chameleon” offers a lot of different flavours in little time, sometimes dissonant, but that’s its key charm for it never becomes boring. Combined with Michela’s known great live performances, all I can say is welcome back to the final, Malta.
Anthony: It was a mixed bag of results after years of MESC, but Malta has got off to a flyer with the country’s first ever X Factor winner. “Chameleon” screams out summer hit material. And although it’s becoming a fan favourite, my main concern for Michela is will the song have enough appeal to the casual viewers when it comes to televoting — Malta’s main Achilles heel in recent years.
Florian: Urban, bright, spectacular — the list goes on. Malta is not going safe by sending a calculated, expected entry to Eurovision. In fact, I really applaud the Maltese broadcaster for trying something that’s never been done at Eurovision before. While Ira Losco’s “Chameleon” didn’t make it as far, this time there could be a chameleon on top. And if the song wouldn’t be convincing enough, there’s still the extraordinary vocal delivery from Michela that makes this stand out.
Luis: Malta, this is so damn good! “Chameleon” has been stuck in my head since the very first time I heard it and (much like the rest of Eurovision fans) it made me spend all my phone data watching it on Youtube until it was available to stream. Michela may have been known as a balladeer, but here she is slaying a super fresh pop banger that has all the ingredients to storm the charts across Europe in 2019. This should easily be Malta’s best result since Gianluca.
Robyn: This is the kind of entry Malta has been trying to send to Eurovision for so many years and finally they’ve got it right. Michela is a likeable young performer with a great voice. She’s been paired with a super cool song that shows off her talents and could easily be a chart hit outside of Eurovision. But best of all — the song lends itself to a vibrant and eccentric aesthetic which perfectly suits the interpretive dancers Malta loves to send. If anything can overcome Malta’s televote problem, it’s “Chameleon”.
Sebastian: What. A. Banger. And not only what a banger – but what a surprise from the little country that could. “Chameleon” proves that the young Michela can do just that – proving her typically rock and ballad voice can fit seamlessly into an electro pop track that would not sound out of place among the biggest female pop stars of today. While this is so radio friendly and so 2019, here’s hoping the magic of the colourful and vivacious video clip can be recreated on stage.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.2/10
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