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Warrior (Eurovision 2015 – Malta)

The ESC United “Expert” Panel is back once again reviewing all Eurovision songs and rank them accordingly.

You are probably asking yourself on how we pick our panel and the criteria. We looked at people from all walks of life to bring together a unique group of panelists with a wide range in taste. They all bring different skills and tastes to the table so who are they?

Anselm – The Alternative Guy
Arie – The Professional Musician
Daniel – The Noob
Katja – The Schlager Queen
Mike – The Smart One
Olivia – The Journalist

You can read more about them HERE

Disclaimer: While we picked, what we perceived individuals with a wide range in taste, it is subjective to a certain degree so just enjoy their thoughts and if you don’t agree, feel free to post your comments below.

Next up is another Warrior, this time it’s Amber from Malta. Here is what our Panel had to say:

 

Daniel – The Noob
Oooh, another song called “Warrior”. That’s certainly rare. But Malta’s “Warrior”  is not as good as Georgia’s. Amber is a real good singer and her voice is stunning for sure but unfortunately the song isn’t that stunning. It’s a good song no doubt but there are no chance of winning. Nevertheless, this entry is nothing to sneeze at but I don’t wand to venture a prognosis about her placing.
Points: 5/10

Katja – the Schlager Queen
another “riot” ballad coming up. When watching Maltese NF, it wasn’t my favourite (that was “Fandango” by Jessika Muscat and “Breakaway” by Glen Vella), but this grew on me and I thought by lowering the key (as Amber’s live performance was tad too screechy) it would make the song sound better. Instead we got a major devamp, with messy orchestration and the chorus, previously so evident, now totally bland. I do hope Amber manages to improve the song’s chances with her charisma, as the song alone is not good enough.
Points: 4/10

Olivia – The Journalist
Hmm. This is certainly a contrast to last yea’s folk entry. This year Malta’s entry is bold, biting, and in all, well sewn together.  It seamlessly mixes subtle folk instrumentation with dark dub-step riffs and beats. The melody isn’t anything particularly special, but the structure of the song is varied enough, with dynamic rise and falls, to make for an engaging listen. Amber is yet another talented and charismatic solo-singer in this competition. But whether she will be able to hold her ground vis a vis the other entries is yet to be seen. As we saw last year in the Moldovan entry, a strong singer can only go so far in masking an innately average song. In all – ok, but not my favourite by any stretch.
Points: 6/10

Anselm – The Alternative Guy
Warrior #2. Unfortunately the Maltese attempt is much weaker than the Georgian one. Not a very intense battle after all. Neither the old (more electronic) nor the new (more orchestral) version spark much interest in me. The biggest problem here for me are Amber’s vocals. I know this is a very individual thing but to me they don’t sound pleasant at all, not even in the studio version. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure she’s a great singer in general but this particular song just doesn’t do her voice any favours. There’s not much to be said about the song itself as it’s well-made but totally non-descript and soulless.
Points: 3/10

Mike – The Smart One
This version of “Warrior” is much better than Georgia’s. There’s a lot to like in this song.  The lead female singer has one of the best female voices this year and the song gives her ample opportunities to show it off, singing in more than two octaves.  I also appreciated her jazzy roughness near the end, which is certainly appropriate for the song.  I thought the instrumental accompaniment was good, even if bordering on the wrong side of lush, inappropriate for a song with this theme.  The verses were very good.  If it weren’t for the banality of the refrain with its choppiness and nonsense syllables, though…
Points: 8/10

Arie – The Professional Musician
Yet another song in the middle of the pack.   Despite the title, this song is definitely NOT a warrior.  It’s just a dense compaction of words that talk about defeating, fighting, etc with little or no original point of view or poetic nuance.  The chorus itself is little more than a beat while the verses seem to slither around with no goal.   Place on top of that the whiny, nag-like voice of it’s soloist, it drops 2 notches below mediocrity.
Points: 3/10

 

Overall: 29 Points

It’s official, Georgia wins the battle of the warriors. Unfortunately Amber was not able to convince our panel with only one individuals awarding it a good score. With 29 points, Malta ties with Poland but at least beats Monika thanks to Mike 8 points. Here’s the updated ranking:

 

“Expert” Panel Ranking
No Country Act Song Points
1. Norway
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett A Monster Like Me 49
 2. Australia
Guy Sebastian
Tonight Again  47 (10)
3. Slovenia
Maaraya Here For You 47 (9)
4. Azerbaijan
Elnur Huseynov Hour Of The Wolf 44 (10)
5. Estonia
Elina Born & Stig Rästa Goodbye To Yesterday 44 (9)
6. Sweden
Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes 43 (9,9)
7. Hungary
Boggie Wars For Nothing 43 (9,8,8,8)
8. Austria
The Makemakes I Am Yours 43 (9,8,8)
9. Germany
Ann Sophie Black Smoke 43 (9,8)
10. Lithuania
Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila This Time 43 (8,8)
11. Italy
Il Volo Grande Amore 41 (10)
12. Israel
Nadav Gudej Golden Boy 41 (8)
13. Albania
Elhaida Dani I’m Alive 40 (10,8)
 14. Denmark
Anti-Social Media The Way You Are  40 (10,7)
15. Serbia
Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies 40 (8,8)
16. Georgia
Nina Sublatti Warrior 39 (10)
17. Spain
Edurne Amanacer 39 (9,9)
18. Belgium
Loïc Nottet
Rhythm Inside 38 (10)
 19. Romania
Voltaj All Over Again  38 (8)
 20. Montenegro
Knez  Adio  37
21. Iceland
Maria Olafs Unbroken 36 (10)
 22. Belarus
Uzari & Maimuna  Time  36 (8)
23. Russia
Polina Gagarina A Million Voices 36 (7)
24. France Lisa Angell  N’oubliez pas  35 (9)
25. Portugal
Leonor Andrade Há um Mar que nos Separa 35 (7,7)
26. The Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis  Walk Along  34
27. Ireland
Molly Sterling Playing With Numbers 33 (9)
28. Czech Republic
Marta Jandová &
Václav Noid Bárta
Hope Never Dies  33 (7)
29. Armenia
Genealogy Face The Shadows 32
30. Malta
Amber Warrior 29 (8)
31. Poland
Monika Kuszyńska In The Name Of Love 29 (7)
32. Greece
Maria-Elena Kyriakou One Last Breath 27
33. Moldova
Eduard Romanyuta I Want Your Love 26
34. San Marino
Anita Simoncini &
Michele Perniola
Chain of Lights 23
35. Finland
PKN Aina mun pitää 21

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