Malta sends fan favourite Michela Pace with ‘Chameleon’
Malta has the reputation of one of the smallest nations in Eurovision that takes the contest the most seriously. In the past four years however, they missed the final three times. Only Ira Losco managed to qualify in 2016 and reached a respectable 12th place with her ‘Walk On Water’. It is safe to say that Malta is ready for another success. X Factor Malta winner Michela Pace was selected as the candidate and as one of the last countries this year, they presented their entry ‘Chameleon’. The bookmakers currently predict a top 10 finish for Malta, but is that realistic?
Well, first of all, ‘Chameleon’ was written by some experienced Eurovision composers. Both Borislav Milanov and Joacim Persson worked on the track, who were also responsible for the Bulgarian entries of the past three years (of which two made top 5) and this time they received help from Paula Winger and Johan Alkaenas. ‘Chameleon’ is a proper bop with a modern production that seems to fit in the same category as the entries from Cyprus and Switzerland this year. As all three songs are reasonably strong in their genre, a lot will depend on the live performances. ‘Chameleon’ is an effective uptempo tune that is tailormade for Eurovision with a slick build up and an explosive last chorus with hooks in all the right places.
We know that Michela Pace is vocally strong, judging by the her performances on X Factor. A tune like ‘Chameleon’ will need a big production around her to make a proper impact, so we will have to wait and see how that will turn out. Judging on just the song and music video, I think Malta should not have any problems qualifying and could possibly finish on the left side of the scoreboard.
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