She’s the blonde songstress who tried to represent Malta at Eurovision on three occasions. And this week, Brooke Borg has fans wondering if she’s on the verge of a fourth attempt.
That’s because the 26-year-old has been in Sofia since last Friday, 5 July. While the Bulgarian capital is a tourist hotspot this time of year, Brooke is not there for recreational purposes.
She’s working with Symphonix – the songwriting team led by Borislav Milanov. They’re responsible for Eurovision hits such as Poli Genova’s “If Love Was A Crime” and Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess”. They also penned tracks for Malta’s Michela and Azerbaijan’s Chingiz this year. Indeed, Borg collaborated with the team before on her Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry “Heart Of Gold”.
Brooke Borg and Symphonix — Malta Eurovision Song Contest
Brooke’s recent Instagram story updates — @brookebofficial — offer plenty of glimpses behind the scenes, including snaps with César Sampson and Georgi “JJ” Simeonov. Sampson finished third for Austria at Eurovision 2018. JJ was one-fifth of Equinox, the “common framework” which represented Bulgaria in 2018. Both entered with Symphonix written songs and are part of the songwriting powerhouse themselves.
There is also footage of Brooke and Milanov “cookin [sic] tunes straight from the kitchen”. The question is, what are these tunes destined for?
Brooke Borg on Instagram
Given the strong links which all parties have to Eurovision, one fan theory is that Brooke is working on an entry for the 2020 contest. This speculation suggests that Maltese broadcaster TVM has decided to stop using The X Factor to choose its act in favour of an internal selection. The logic continues that Brooke Borg is that internally selected act.
She boasts strong credentials. The singer competed in Malta’s national selection for three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018, racking up two podium finishes. “Golden” came second in 2016 while “Heart Of Gold” was third in 2018. Her worst placing was with “Unstoppable” in 2017, and even then she came fifth out of 16 entries.
Whatever about Brooke’s involvement, talk of a move away from The X Factor is bolstered by this season’s contracts. Allegedly, they make no mention of the much-loved song contest. Furthermore, the debut series made clear from the get-go that the winner would represent Malta. The second edition launched to much fanfare last month, but there remains no official confirmation as to whether the winner will travel to the Netherlands or not.
An alternative theory proposes that TV execs are still undecided about how to select Malta’s next Eurovision star, and that Brooke may instead be planning to woo them with something they can’t refuse. There is also a possibility that MESC could be revived.
Their last collaboration gave us the line “that shirt won’t get you laid tonight”. So, Eurovision or not, the anticipation for Brooke’s and Symphonix’s next project is real!
Brooke Borg — Malta Eurovision interview
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