Malta is having it's semifinal next Friday and as usual there's plenty to choose from. A mixture of televote and jury will pick up the 16 finalists. I have picked up my top-11 favourites out of the semifinalist hoping they will make the cut and eventually one of them win.
Wayne Micallef - Everybody sing. He has one of the best voices around and this song's a very good pop song instead of the ballads we have heard from him the previous years. It's got a good and memorable melody, easy to sing along. What else do you need in Eurovision?
Richard Edwards - Finally. Another great voice, just like his brother. Those Micallef kids really can sing! And write great melodic songs. This one's anthemic, classic pop song that needs a strong singer, just like Richard. It's his first time this far as soloist in Malta but will he outdo Wayne?
Eleanor Cassar - Hypnotized. She sure has a great voice, looks like a diva and the song's not bad either.One day she will do Eurovision I hope but I doubt this is the year. Again.
Raquela - If I could do it all again. Classic power piano ballad. Beautiful and emotional. Nice arrangement without being over produced as often happens (Drip drop anyone?) but I guess this song stands or falls with Raquel's live vocals...
Domenique - I'll follow the sunshine. Apparently this was offered to Lena but her management were not interested once they heard it was written by Siegel-Meinunger. I think Lena could have done wonders with this one. Domenique makes a good imitation in looks, not in voice which is good. Nice happy little catchy number that will propably suffer from comparison unfairly.
Kelly Schembri - Love me like your money. Catchy tune that has a bit of Kylie, a bit of Britney but I'm not sure how Kelly will treat this live? This could become a big hit if it won, if she can sing live, if it is rearranged and reproduced for clubs. Too many ifs.
Sophie - Love to love you. She's got the sparkle in the eye, funny face and movements all over the place totally unsync with everything but in some weird way it works. Totally annoyingly fabulously crazy nonsense.
Claudia Faniello - Movie in my mind. Little Claudia has grown and got rockier. The song moves on like a train and Claudia drags along. And she seems very convinced on what she's singing. Will it be enough? She's been so close so many times.
Fabrizio Faniello - No surrender. This is a perfect Eurovision song, a sure fan favourite that will fall the big night. Or will it? Could he do it this time? There's something special in the song, it's written very cleverly and it never stops moving all the way to the fantastic change of beat in the end. Fabrizio's husky voice sounds better than ever. But if this wins they will propably ruin it with dancers, acrobats and all that circus when it works great when simply staged.
Glen Vella - One life. Isn't this Albania 2010 all over again??? I'm not a big fan of his voice and way of singing but this one works pretty well, as a remake of beforementioned song. Not in melody but the overal atmosphere and feeling.
Jamie - Lost without you. He seems to really believe in his song, which is always good. Too often you see singers singing their songs without any real connection. Otherwise it's a bit too oldfashioned and heard before.
And the rest? Ally could appeal to some part of the public but I didn't get so excited about it. Not yet at least. Baklava is already so old. Didn't Slovenia send this already? This might be slightly better though with the chanting. Petra is a charmer but Eurovision and reggae don't go together well. I wouldn't though be too sad if she made the final. Rosman Pace will propably make the final but the song's like a Melodifestivalen drop out that doesn't work there either anymore. And what's that with all those esaggerated facials? So, in short: Wayne, Edward or Fabrizio for me!