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Thursday, 17 January 2013 23:55

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'No One's Home'

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The Public Broadcasting Services has invested in a stunning showcase to present to the audience of the notable Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past three years noting the improvements made into the presentation as well as song quality, which has not only been noted locally but even in foreign waters from where entries have also been submitted consistently. The improvement in this manner has also been seen through the results at the Eurovision Song Contest noting that Glen had almost qualified from the semi-final whilst Kurt Calleja managed the feat last year. escflashmalta.com is collaborating with the television programme 'Sas-Sitta' in order to present three awards to entries that are competing in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. A panel of critics have voted for their favourite entry, first as a standalone track and secondly within the confines of a competition with the latter garnering important yet the percentage is an indication of the former. The twelfth entry to be reviewed is entitled No One's Home performed by Petra, co-written between the Micallef brothers otherwise known as Richard and Wayne.

Introducing Petra is quite intriguing noting that she stands in-between the newcomers and the veterans by virtue of being in her prime and promoting her music in the best possible way. The first very first time that I had seen her perform was during the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 when she had managed to make it through to the final eight songs that year with the track Streetcar of Desire composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a successful career which would see her make several guest appearances on the local scene and then ultimately returning for another two performances in the leading competition in the country, these being in 2010 with All I Need composed by Andrew Zammit and penned by Keith Zammit and in 2011 with a completely different type of entry entitled Unintentional composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace, the same team from which she had gained acclaim. Nevertheless, her debut performance is still the one which the people seem to enjoy the most. In the meantime, she has achieved success in other competitions, finishing in the first runner-up position at the Għanja tal-Poplu with the track Rakkont Ta' Omm composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Deo Grech as well as the Summer Hit Song Contest with Forget My Name composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner respectively.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIQwVe6L0Fo

Being honest, I believe that the return of Petra is quite a breathe of fresh air to the competition because she brings about songs which are intriguing and honest, reflecting the mood of the public at times whilst staying true to the sound itself. The entry which she brings forward to this years' competition bears the name No One's Home and it is pop/rock entry with that sort of country tinge, giving it the opportunity to develop within the three minutes whilst reaching more than one demographic of an audience. Songwriting credits are always important and this track brings about the Micallef brothers, Wayne who himself is a former finalist within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having made the cut in 2009 with Where You Belong, in 2010 with Save A Life, in 2011 with Everybody Sing and last year with Time and Richard who is incidentally competing like Petra with two entries, the solo track entitled Fall Like Rome and the duet with Petra bearing the title Wonderful Today. Whilst Wayne is taking the year off from performing, Richard brings about a runner-up finish in 2011 with him and this is the first track that they wrote together for another artist. It has to be pointed out though that Petra is dating her lyricist although, this has been at the centre of the local media for quite some time especially with the fame that Richard had garnered in the past couple of months.
 
The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 52%

Sharon Vaughn: Love her voice, my favourite singer. The song should have made use of the title.

Martin Isherwood: Can't see why it's called no-one home - as it is not the real focus of the song. Bluesy, rocky, competent but uninspiring. Doesn't feel like a Eurovision song. Hints of Aquilera Genie in a bottle. 

Stano Simor: Old fashioned. Very dull song. Searching for that something special but nothing comes up and it just leaves you cold. This kind of rock music does not work anymore.

Roberto Meloni: The style of this entry is far too old unfortunately and she sounds much better in the duet rather than this entry.

Lina Eriksson: At first I really like the retro feeling in the verse of this song. But then the chorus isn't at all what I expected and I feel they don’t really fit together. I’m left disappointed. Good verse – not such a good chorus.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5CUcRDe7ys

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