Some non-Maltese ESC fans on Twitter weren’t 100% on with Ira Losco’s plan to represent her country a second time with the song “Chameleon.” They said that it looked like she didn’t really do anything with the staging, that “Chameleon” reminded them a lot of “Euphoria”, and for a country where over 80% of the population is fluent in English, the lyrics didn’t make much sense.
It turned out that Ira Losco wasn’t exactly satisfied with her performance either. After winning the contest, she took advantage of Malta’s rules that MESC only selects the artist and changed her song. After a few weeks she revealed her new song, “Walk on Water.”
When I first listened to the song, I didn’t know which of the songs would have worked better. While “Chameleon” sounded super derivative from “Euphoria,” “Walk on Water” seemed a bit incomplete at first listen. I’ve gotten used to the ending, but at the time I thought the lyric “I’m not perfect but I’m A-OK” described the song really well: Most of the song sounded good, and it was probably going to get her at least an okay result in the final, but it wasn’t perfect.
Suddenly word broke out that the song was co-composed by Molly Pettersson Hammar and the team that wrote “I’ll be Fine” in Melodifestivalen 2015 (best known for crashing out in the semi because of Mello app malfunctioning), and what hype was already there jumped with the non-Swedish Mello fandom rushing to support Malta and announcing that MPH is finally going to ESC as a composer/backing vocalist. Paired with Ira’s return to ESC after 14 years and a song in the top half of the odds, I don’t think she’ll pull off a Dima Bilan and win, but she will do Malta and bring back a respectable score.
On a completely unrelated note, I hope that the Mello fandom isn’t going to upstage Ira like the minion fandom in Despicable Me…