Malta chose its representative to this year’s ESC tonight, and they decided to go with last year’s Albanian entry. Apparently, they forgot that it finished 16th. Anyway, here’s Glen Vella with “One Life”:
I have no idea why the backing dancers are wearing riot gear over their heads, unless they’re worried that Egyptians are going to rise up all in their faces.
Malta decided its Maltasong for Europe entry yesterday and it is Morena’s “Vodka.” I kinda like this. Or I don’t hate it, I guess. It’s got an annoyingly catchy hook, although it sounds like an ’80s song that I can’t quite place:
Ooo, hunky shirtless guys prancing around the stage! Always a good decision for a kitsch-fest.
There’s an Indian theme to Olivia Lewis’ dress and the stage props, which is weird because the song sounds like it has a heavy Turkish pop influence. She’s generally singing fine, but the wind machine is set way too high. This is just chaotic. Too bad.
UPDATED: Actually, upon second look… what? Yes, I watched the replay… the stage props are Japanese, not Indian. I stand by my comment about her dress having Indian influences, though.
Since Sweden didn’t send an ABBA sound-alike this year, it’s comforting to see Malta stepping up. The waltz tempo kind of works given the subject matter – but your love gives me vertigo does seem like a strange theme.
Fabrizio looks like Hal Sparks, he does, he does, he does, he does. “I Do” is one of those prototypical Eurovision songs, cynically calculated to compete but not even remotely good enough to win. Although, actually, I don’t completely hate this. Oh, there’s the key change. Cardboard. Pure cardboard.