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Thursday, 02 February 2012 05:25

The Critics Choice: 'D.N.A'

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Through the concept of time, there have been many issues which have been remarkably outstanding even for our local music market actually whereas people with strong vocal capabilities have been given the boot whilst succeeding on an international scene through a vast number of showcases. Some artists have not been appreciated for their talent unfortunately despite making sure to present themselves in the best possible way but then again many would argue that it would make the respective individual to work harder to achieve the goal that he has striven out to do in the long run. Whilst this is true, some people would find it discouraging to keep on trying if the door has been slammed closed on more than one particular occasion. The idea is that one does not succeed the first time round; he works harder and tries again. This is not the case though for the next artist to face the critics who is none other than Romina Mamo.

The renowned female artist has already reached a number of musical competitions in her career and although she has not been a regular in this leading showcase, she will be making her third participation. It is quite interesting that the very first time she made it to the finals of the 2003 edition of the Malta Song for Europe, it was somewhat of a debut in the scene. The track she performed back then was entitled 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' composed by Dominic Galea and penned by Joe Friggieri. She would find herself in the competition just two years later alongside Rachel Fabri fresh from her 'L-Isfida' experience and also Neville Refalo who was still finding an upcoming performer back then. They performed the song 'We Can Do Better' written by Carm Fenech but it did not go down well with the public. People might not recall it but Romina actually debuted back in 2000 after being selected to attend a two week music industry conference within Germany. She took part in a number of workshops and showcases as a soloist and also in a choir.

Apart from the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Romina has competed in a number of music competitions including, the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' in 2004 with the song 'Saħħartni' (You Mystifyed Me) composed by Augusto Cardinali and penned by Clinton Paul finishing in third place, returning in 2007 and 2008 with entries written by Clinton Paul entitled 'L-Aħħar Bewsa' (Last Kiss) and 'Medusa' before making her last competitive effort thus far in 2010 with the song 'L-Eroj' (Hero) which Clinton Paul also wrote, finishing in third place once more. She has also competed in the Malta International Hit Song Contest in 2010 with the song 'Primitive' winning the public vote and finishing in second place thus giving her the opportunity to represent Malta in Turkey. She returned for a second participation in 2011 winning the overall competition with the track 'Poison Ivy'. She has represented Malta in a number of countries including Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Bulgaria. In recent months, she also launched her debut album 'Eyes On Me' released through CAP Sounds and distributed through Universal Music Germany.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - An In-Depth Analysis

The experience of this years' competition has already proven to be quite the success for Romina having submitted four songs, which all made it through to the second phase of the competition. The jury selected this track 'D.N.A.' composed by Michael Johannes Tanczos and penned by Gerard James Borg to spare her that burden which artists face when they have more than one song in contention. Nevertheless, this style is somewhat unconventional and relatively new for Romina and can therefore put a dent in the hopes of some other artists. Many have compared this music genre to that of the British singer/songwriter Lily Allen.

The lyricist of the track; Gerard James Borg has gone to the Eurovision Song Contest on five seperate occasions, those being in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 but his songs have made it to the national finals of Iceland, Norway, Belgium and The Netherlands amongst other countries. His co-writer on this track; Michael Johannes Tanczos is actually one who has been involved with the national selections including 'Decadence' in Belgium not too long ago with Eurovision Song Contest winner Katrina stating that the song had 'the catchiest chorus'. He is also a singer fronting the popular Austrian band Zeronic with whom he has been nominated for Best Alternative album twice in the Austrian Music Awards.

The Opinion of the Critics

Rating: 66%

Steve Allen: Quirky pop and a bit different, she's good, i like her vocal delivery, catchy song, could have impact on show

Carlos Coelho: The song is OK, but the melody sounds like something you heard before. The lyrics are clearly the strongest link in this song. Singer is a bit exaggerated in her actions for my taste.

Sharon Vaughn: Beautiful and good stage presence but a weak voice.

Martin Isherwood: Pixie Lott style opening - strong contemporary, but doesn't live up to it. Hard to make out what the point of the song is. Good title. Good chorus. Interesting voice, but perhaps a little too quirky. Break down in the middle interesting but detracts due to the half time. Great track.

Charlie Rapino: One of the best songs in the competition, the effort is really cool but she needs to work on the look based on this video. Presentation is quite important in this track.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Thursday, 02 February 2012 05:31