She won X-Factor Malta as a ballad belter. 

But today at Malta’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019 Michela completed her chameleon transformation into a dance diva.

Dressed down, with her hair in a bun, Michela proved that weeks of rehearsals have paid off.

This package looks slick and the technology here is turbocharged.

We switch between scenes of a desert, an aquatic wonderland, and a verdant jungle. That reflects the lyrics of the song and Michela’s versatility as an artist.

She traverses different environments from jungles to cityscapes and finishes in a vibrant burst of colour.

Some areas of the press quarter felt that the vocal was off in the first run and to be candid some of the camera shots went awry.

However, improvements were made every run, and Malta can tighten this up even further in their second rehearsal.

Michela — “Chameleon”: Reviews and Reactions

Malta: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019

Malta: First press conference 2019

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Charli Cheer Up

My guilty pleasure this year. Hope this does really well at the grand finals!

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poe-tay-toe-chips

Me: …Just some white jeans and shirt? Why something so plain?

Me, two seconds later bombarded by the entire color wheel: OH…! :-O

Paul
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Paul

this is my winner this year…good luck from the UK

Angelica
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Angelica

mine too 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It looks promising, probably the most colorful and youthful performance of the year. Not sure about the costumes, but I understand that the intention is to keep them simple since there’s a lot happening on the background. Considering her lack of experience in performances like these, I believe Michela was feeling quite comfortable on the rehearsal. Now she just needs to get more confident. She has all the reasons for it.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

I don’t think (and hope) this will not be the outfits her and the dancers will wear. MIchela also has to free her hair.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I also hope that’s the case and I agree that she sould wear her hair down. Maybe the focus on the first rehearsal was on focusing on the projections and how do they look over light clothing.

Ruby
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Ruby

This gives me mikolas josef vibes idk why

Paul
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Paul

Agreed – with a bit of Margaret thrown in for good measure!

IVANOV
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IVANOV

It seems Blanche 2.0 is back. Catastrophic 1st rehearsals but will improve and finish top 5 at the end. Sergey is safe 🙂

Joshua
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Joshua

Catastrophic rehearsal? She was perfect all the way through, from the very first rehearsal to the last performance in the final. What are you talking about?

IVANOV
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IVANOV

To be honest she was the one I was the most afraid of to beat Sergey. Now I am kind sort of relieved.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I liked the staging on the verses, not so much on the choruses.
Her vocals were inconsistent. Sometimes, really good…sometimes, not so much. It’s been a bit overrated in the odds for some reason.

Ezal
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Ezal

Well done!

Alex
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Alex

Not a fan of vocals but she will improve.

The performance echoes the music video, very colorful and modern. Malta will easily be top 10 in the final. Cyprus and Switzerland should worry.

Ezal
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Ezal

it’s better than Cyprus and Switzerland

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Nice. Colourful. Yeah. I think I like it.

Kris
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Kris

Let me in your heart

Denis
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Denis

I dont know, something is off. For now the studio version is better. I think its the staging that’s a bit much..

Grftn
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Grftn

SOOO GOOD. Fresh and new, with good vocals and visuals. I hope she will make top 10, hopefully top 5 ! She’s moving up in my personal ranking, go Michela 🙂

Valentina Toni
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Valentina Toni

Amazing act, amazing artist. Valletta here we come!

Steve Mc Mannaman
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Steve Mc Mannaman

Saw clips via insta stories! This is one great surprise this year. Valletta 2020?

Nikki
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Nikki

Good start, classy yet stylish costume, nice choreography, she just need to improve a bit her vocals and she’s going through

Anita
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Anita

Have just watched the small snippet from eurovison.com: vocally very very good.

Tom
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Tom

Too much is happening in the scene,it is not classy and vocally she is really weak….she will qualify but Luca and Tamta are way better than Michela

Jackson
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Jackson

Rubbish!

Jack
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Jack

Well Luca, aka Fuego 2.0 (even with the moves) cannot sing darling. She sounds great and the staging is RE-FRESH-ING!

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Switzerland has a backing singer doing a good job. Here it seems that Destiny is not on point too. I’m surprised Malta choose a female as a back vocalist. It should have been a male vocalist to fit the studio version.

Helen
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Helen

Switzerland’s staging is similar to Fuego last year. His vocals are weak live. Very disappointing

EV26
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EV26

Malta surpassed Cyprus in the odds after her performance ..

redarrow
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Malta the best

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

It seems that Malta mixed it up! Right now a lot is happening on stage, and I’m kinda worried if it’s not too much, but if they manage to not make the viewers confused during the performance, then I have good feelings about this! I also hope that the “music video” effect won’t alienate the watchers, as we already know how this could end.

Jenny
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Jenny

I will be voting for Malta

EV26
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EV26

Me too!

EV26
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EV26

FINALLY something different! WELL DONE MALTA <3

Jack
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Jack

YESS MALTA, Come through with the staging!!

I can feel the tropical vibes already and I see you in top 10!

Polegend Godgarina
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she has room for improvement, we believe in ha

Jack
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Jack

I guess at this stage everyone has room for improvement lol but for starters this staging looks promising AND refreshing! Go Malta!

Nicolas
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Nicolas

She sounded very nervous at the very beginning. She can now only improve, you already felt it in the 3rd time of rehearsal.