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Malta: Christabelle Borg – Taboo

Malta before the first song chosen in this busy February selection period. The juries and televote decided to send Christabelle to Lisbon with the G:son-penned song Taboo. Malta is still struggling to break free from generic ballads and pop songs. To make up for it, they've deployed some cheap, holo-gauze staging with some interpretive dance during the middle-eight before the pyro-climax. This is Ibiza levels of generic. Starved of the customary LED staging in Lisbon, we should expect to see quite a bit of holo-gauze action this year. For Christabelle, however, it is distracting and doesn't bring anything to the…
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Malta is still struggling to break free from generic ballads and pop songs.

User Rating: 1.84 ( 37 votes)

Malta before the first song chosen in this busy February selection period.

The juries and televote decided to send Christabelle to Lisbon with the G:son-penned song Taboo.

Malta is still struggling to break free from generic ballads and pop songs. To make up for it, they’ve deployed some cheap, holo-gauze staging with some interpretive dance during the middle-eight before the pyro-climax. This is Ibiza levels of generic.

Starved of the customary LED staging in Lisbon, we should expect to see quite a bit of holo-gauze action this year. For Christabelle, however, it is distracting and doesn’t bring anything to the package – it’s an effect for the sake of having an effect, which is what Malta were guilty of in Stockholm.

Back in 2015, Nina Sublatti made a good fist of looking fierce while also appearing stylish and mildly voteable. Christabelle is on the wrong side of fierce and appears desperate and rather amateurish. Mixed with the buffet of staging concepts, it all comes across as aimless and lacks a take-away message.

Taboo will probably get a small rework along with the staging, so Malta could look and sound very different by the time we get to semi-final 2 rehearsals. And in case you hadn’t noticed, semi-final 2 looks about as honest as a Zimbabwean general election. But for the moment, Malta are on the wrong side of the qualification threshold.

Can you resist Borg’s Taboo?

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6 comments

  1. If they ruin the staging this song has no hopes of making it to the final, though in it’s current form it’s quite good and with more “refinement” who knows. Might be a total Amber, especially since it only won the televote by approximately 220 votes. Gutted Song for Dad didn’t get much jury love.

  2. Absolutely gutted for Song for Dad, it would be a dark horse worth risking for. As for the selected one, I saw it dropping to 200 at bets and this is its fair level

  3. Catriona colville

    Those juries were dodgy as hell. For sure something fishy there.

  4. Chiara she ain’t. Re-vamp or not, this is screaming NQ very early on to me.

  5. It’s ok, same sort of thing Malta send every year, probably won’t get through as there’s no real Usp or reason to vote for this and juries surely can’t pull it through. I’d guess about 10th with juries and 15th or down with the televote.

  6. The song is competent, and could improve with a revamp to the arrangement. There are some interesting staging ideas. They went a tad heavy on the dimmer switch, but again I would anticipate some improvement between now and Lisbon. That said – it’s all a bit, well, ‘generic’. It has the feel of a song that might have done reasonably well at Eurovision 5 to 10 years ago but the contest has moved on. I can’t see juries going for this (at least not honest ones) and in semi two there are plenty big hitters to corner the televotes. I also share Gav’s reservations about Christabelle. She is probably a woman of average height but in the video she comes across like she’s four feet six.

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