Can Malta Overcome a 'Bloodbath' Semi-Final and Secure a Spot in the Finals?
Malta’s representative, The Busker, is expected to face a tough challenge in reaching the final as the first semi-final has been described as a highly competitive and difficult contest. Adding to the challenge, The Busker will perform second in the lineup, immediately following Norway, a popular and well-supported participant. Additionally, five of the top ten favourites according to bookmakers are also participating in this semi-final. The remaining entries come from the big five – The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine. But it’s not over yet, reporters have underlined the group’s magnetic personality, mentioning that ‘those guys from The Busker are just so charismatic and make this song accessible to me. It feels fresh, cool and somehow different to anything else.’ Another reporter commented that the group’s ‘effortlessly fun, yet endearingly awkward dancing make this performance so relatable’. However, Malta’s qualifying chances currently look doubtful at best.
A park seat, a light, a little house, a car, and cardboard cutouts of prior Maltese Eurovision performances are just a few of the accessories that The Busker brought on stage to create their own house party. To tell the song’s three-part plot, the band engages with each element of the performance. Towards the end of the performance, the sweaters are replaced by silver sequins in a swift yet ever-so-quirky costume change. It is clearly an elevated version of their national selection performance while remaining authentic and groovy.
The performance is expected to be rather cheesy but in the best way possible. Will it provide enough entertainment for the regular viewer at home to pick up the phone so it can make it to the Saturday final? Although there is always stiff competition for the Eurovision Song Contest, The Busker’s distinctive and cool performance, may put them in a position of qualification. It remains to be seen how it will do in this year’s very competitive contest since ultimately, the final choice will rest in the audience’s hands.