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Malta: Michela – Chameleon

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…
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How does balladeer Michela embark upon a chameleonic transformation to confident pop diva?

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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.

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16 comments

  1. The drop ruins everything. I suspect their staging will be good, Malta seem to be chucking money at their entry this year with Symphonix and now Sacha Jean Baptise involved.

  2. This is ploughing the same furrow as Cyprus and Switzerland. The similarities to Fuego are there for all to see – which won’t be helpful to it. I also agree with Danyal352 that the weakest part of the song is the ‘Chameleon’ drop.

    I would say that song-wise Chameleon rates lower than Switzerland and Cyprus, but which of these three fly or flop will ultimately come down to staging and live vocal. If as Danyal352 says, Malta are chucking money at it, they could still come out on top in this little contest within a contest.

    So, at the moment, anything is possible from marginal NQ to top 10.

  3. Malta probably think they’ve got some big summer hit on their hands here to but this is a horrible mash of sound, both generic and gnaring. Am I the only one who thinks this is awful? Maybe it’s just me with this so I’ll be cautious not to let my own thoughts cloud my judgement.
    Anyway, Malta is one of those you can’t really ever discount, but I have this as an nq for now, and can not see it beating either Cyprus or Switzerland, or even its cousin song in Azerbaijan.

  4. I would be cautious to mark down Malta in terms of Jury appeal. Almost every Maltese entry scores significantly better with juries than with the Televote – even eurocrap like “This is the Night”

  5. I’ve read people comparing this song to parts of Fuego, Cool Me Down, songs from Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello’s “Havana”.

    Seems like Boris Milanov and Laurel Barker have been taking inspiration from reggaeton/Latino type songs and other tropical type influenced songs.

  6. Is SJB confirmed for Malta?

  7. There is nothing to add for me here.I think Gav has highlighted the positives and the likely problems.
    What is good though is i think almost all the last entries we got were good to very good.Once we strip away a lot in the semis the final looks a lot better now.

  8. I think this cannot be dismissed. Song-wise it’s the best of the 3 and she is the best vocalist of the 3 by a country mile. Agree Gav, the dancers will have to do the work and she needs to focus on her vocal.

    She is so young and fresh. With SJB choreographing this has the potential to finish literally anywhere from 1st to 21st in the Final (and it will qualify).

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