Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Malta, “Taboo” by Christabelle, written by Johnny Sanchez, Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, and Muxu. The song is performed in English. Christabelle (last name Borg) began her career as a television host on Maltese television in her teens and expanded into music as she got a bit older, making several attempts to represent her country in both the Junior EuroVision and EuroVision contests, finally getting the nod this year. The song will be performed 12th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.
The song takes a look at the plight of those suffering from mental illness and how society sometimes looks upon them as animals and criminals, which is a key part of the chorus of the song. The video looks like it was ripped out of a Mad Max film, using the whole dystopian future idea to propel the song’s message that we need to be more positive in the treatment of people suffering from a variety of these illnesses. But while well written, I’m not a huge fan of the presentation – the video isn’t really very original, with multiple videos in recent times doing the dystopian future idea, and the song itself is typical EuroDance. I doubt it has much of a shot to make an impact on the US Charts, although the song is performing well, if not spectacularly, with EuroVision fans.
Malta first participated in Eurovision in 1971, then after a few competitions withdrew for a 16 year period before returning to the competition in 1991, and have participated each year since. Although they have yet to win their first Grand Final, they have been in the runner-up slot twice since returning, in 2002 and 2005.
Here’s the official music video – very Mad Mad/Hunger Games style…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…
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