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How does balladeer Michela embark upon a chameleonic transformation to confident pop diva?
Malta has presented Michela’s song, Chameleon, for Tel Aviv.
There are now three competitive, radio-friendly upbeat pop-songs in the Eurovision lineup from Cyprus, Switzerland and now Malta. Controversial opinion coming: Malta is perhaps the most daring and original among them, yet Chameleon potentially has the most challenging journey in its transition to Eurovision stage performance. How does balladeer Michela embark upon a chameleonic transformation to confident pop diva?
This will be tricky, as Michela doesn’t exude the confidence and sass of the likes of Foueira or Tamta, and if she does, she sure kept it hidden on Malta’s version of the X Factor. If you came across Michela for the first time in the official Chameleon video, then these concerns might not have quite hit your agenda, yet there are a few scenes in the video where Michela attempts choreography and it lacks sufficient determination and attack. She’s great at the pouting and ‘not bovvered’ looks away from camera, but when when she’s the main focus of attention, it all looks rather flimsy.
If I were advising Malta, I would either send Michela to dance school for a month, or devise a stage concept that plays to the best elements of the music video and go from there.
Malta has a nifty way of doing well with certain juries when the need requires it. In 2016, Ira Losco finished 1st with the semi-final 1 juries in what was seen as highly irregular. Malta also went on to finish top-4 with juries in the final. And with Björkman announced as Eurovision Producer again, the Swedish link with choreographer Sacha Jean-Baptiste may see Malta given the semi-2 pimp slot.