Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Malta is still struggling to break free from generic ballads and pop songs.
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?