She’s golden like the rising sun that shines over the Mediterranean island of Malta. And now Michela Pace has made it well and truly clear that she can handle her reggaeton-tinged banger “Chameleon”.
Over the weekend the 18-year-old gave fans their first taste of her vocals on the track during a performance at Café Del Mar. She brought pop-drops and sunny beats to the North-Eastern coast of Malta’s main island near St Paul’s Bay. This is how you make a stunning setting even more stunning!
Big stage show coming?
Her most recent stage may have been a small one, but we know that Michela — who hails from the Maltese island of Gozo — has big plans in store. She’s working with noted choreographer Ambra Succi (the genius behind Loreen’s “Euphoria” performance) for Tel Aviv. She’s also called on Front Row Pictures, who designed the graphics for Jamala’s mesmerising performance of “1944” in 2016. Bringing a big stage show to reflect the music video would certainly keep a good thing going. Michela’s video is among the most visually-arresting of the year.
Michela is being discussed as a dark horse to win the whole competition. As you can see from her live performance, the vocals are definitely there. But this dynamic song demands a dynamic performance. The live video makes it clear that choreography is essential to keep this interesting. But the foundation is there, and we’re sure she’s just keeping her staging a surprise.
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Exactly 1 month to go for the @eurovision ?? Excitement is surely kicking in, but before we go into this final stretch, I would like to once again thank you all for the incredible support I've been receiving from all over Europe. In just 5 weeks, #Chameleon has already surpassed 5 million views on YouTube and last weeks digital release has amassed 200,000 streams on Spotify and similarly great figures on Apple Music, while being the biggest climber in these charts. I am honestly delighted and incredibly thankful for all my family, friends and all the superb professionals I've been working with for the past weeks and months, without whom all of this surely wouldn't be possible. I simply can't wait to show you what #TeamMichela has in store for #TelAviv! #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision #eurovision2019 #esc2019
Just say it with her now…
Chama-Chameleon! What is the Maltese entry this year actually all about? Chameleons are reptiles known for changing colour according to their mood, and the theme of colour is very prominent in the music video. The first verse is laden with colour metaphors: “I’m bluer than the ocean, I’m golden like the rising sun and, I’m red with hot emotion”.
The pre-chorus then takes the song to a place of empowerment. “And when they try to hold me down, inside a box I’ll find my way out,” she sings. That spirit of perseverance continues in the chorus where Michela expresses her doggedness and determination. “When life brings me trouble this I know, I never walk away na-na….We are technicolour watch us go, we never walk away na-na”.
Michela will perform in the 11th slot in the second semi final, in between Croatia’s Roko and Lithuania’s Jurijus. She has a strong position and a great track, so do you think she could bring Malta back to the final? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter HERE. You can also follow our YouTube antics HERE.