Rumors had been flying over the last few days that Malta and Emma Muscat may not be sending “Out of Sight” to Eurovision, opting to send a new song instead. The rumors dated back to an Instagram Q&A Emma posted earlier last week, where a user asked if she would change her song for Eurovision 2022. She gave no response, instead immitating the classic thinking face emoji (🤔) to avoid the question.
Emma has not been shy about her work on new projects and music from a recording studio in Italy. And while it is not unusal for artists to continue work on new music ahead of Eurovision, it is very usual for a current Eurovision artist to release a new song so close to the song submission window (all songs must be turned in to the EBU by March 14th at the Head of Delegation meeting). This told us something was up.
The new song “I Am What I Am”
There are a number of Eurovision-like elements hidden within the new single. The song features a choir of voices on the backing track, a practices that was extremely popular in the 2021 contest due to the pre-recorded backing rule change. Iceland, Austria, North Macedonia, and Slovenia were just a few of the countries to use this in their Eurovison song last year.
The song also contains an infamous “clap-along” moment staring at 2:02, a feature of numerous Eurovision songs heading into the final chorus. The track still features a prominent piano melody similar to her MESC entry.
The song is written by Emma herself and produced by Dino Medanhodzic, who wrote Little Tot and Bulletproof for Dotter. He has also worked with Lina Hedlund, Normandie, Steps, and Smash into Pieces as a songwriter, performer, or instrumentalist. Also appearing on the track as a backing vocalist is Johanna Maria Jansson – also known to the Eurovision community as Dotter. Stine Kinck (Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2011) and Julie Aagaard are also credited as backing vocalists and composers for the song.
Emma’s interview on TVAM this morning confirmed that the new song will serve as Malta’s official Eurovision song this coming May. This would not be the first time that Malta has changed their song after an artist won MESC, as Ira Losco’s song “Chameleon” was replaced with “Walk on Water” in 2016.
Emma won MESC on February 19th, sweeping both the jury and televote on the night. Emma is a very popular musician in both Malta and Italy and is even signed to Warner Music Italy.