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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:23

The Critics Choice: 'You Make Me Go UH UH'

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Each respective country boasts pride and prowess when it comes to national events incorporating as much national elements as possible but then again, foreign help cannot be excluded at any level despite the numerous complaints and arguments put forward because their positive aspects tend to outweigh negative ones and end up in providing beneficial characteristics which might have never even been considered. Since their initial inclusion, there has been a lot of negative acclaim despite the positive foreign press noting that many countries are accepting foreigners to compete in their selection process. The possibility of an artist to represent Malta alone has not come in and the probability is that this won't happen especially with such an astounding amount of talent. This issue in itself relates to the next act whom the critics reviewed though because it comprises of Deborah C and also features Leila J.

First and foremost, this is the only track in the competition to feature two artists with all of the other entries being performed by soloists as main performers adding their respective dancers and backing vocals for the live performance. It is quite astounding that the two singers are very different from each other when it comes to appearances even though both look gorgeous. The individual on the left is Liz Verbruggen from Belgium but currently lives in The Netherlands. She has been performing for quite some time now coming from a family with deep ties in the entertainment industry mostly acting noting that two of her family members have leading roles in the film industry. She is currently busy studying in Utrecht hoping to finish her four year course in two years time having started in 2010. This will be the very first time that she is competing in such a major competition and surely feel honoured to have made it to the live stages. She has been to Malta on quite a number of occasions and is being represented by our former International Relations Officer; Olivier Vanhoutte who has vast experience in the field having aided people such as Hadise, Kate Ryan, Alexey Vorobyov and Chiara on their promotional tours over the years whilst acting as a consultant on a number of musical projects.

The second individual in the image found to the right hand side is none other than Deborah C whose debut to the world of music came back in the 2004 edition of the Golden Cross International Singing Festival winning the Public Opinion Award and representing the country in the FYR Macedonia winning yet another prize there known as the 'Princess of the Festival'. She would then return in the 2005 edition of the Junior Malta Song for Europe with the song 'Closer'. Unfortunately she did not manage to finish at the helm of the scoreboard but definitely did not give up going onto take part in the prestigious Golden Cross International Singing Festival coming out as the winner of the 'FIDOF Award' which is one of the most internally recognized prizes that one could win as a young artist. With such an honour, she was asked to represented Malta in Russia. As the years went by, Deborah grew in confidence and taking part in the Malta International Television Song Festival and the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' in 2007, 2008 and 2011 with the songs 'Hemm Int', 'Pandora' and 'Fjamma' winning prestigious prizes each time. Last year, she was asked to back two time representative Fabrizio Faniello as a backing artist and accepted but this time round, she is the one in the limelight.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 – An In-depth Analysis

As already noted down, it has been an impressive year for the artists who despite having been known in the industry before hand, have made it to the live stages of the competition for the very first time showing that the vocal capabilities in our country are very much alive. This is one of the very few tracks which could be said to be uptempo and should include a stunning visual presentation for it to stand out amongst the rest. Many people have already made this point in a number of social networking portals. The song which Deborah C and Leila J are presenting is entitled 'You Make Me Go UH UH' written by the Belgian pairing of composer Renier Patrick and lyrics by Vervoort David who both have esteemed credentials behind their name showcasing their experience in the music industry.

For many people, the composer might not need a lot of introduction because Patrick Renier who is a music producer, songwriter and a recording engineer has successfully been managing the Beglain artist Belle Perez over the years creating the APR Words Records company which works exclusively on behalf of the singer. On the other hand, the lyricist boasts a stunning discography having worked on tracks as a backing vocalist, a writer and also a remixer. He has worked with top billing acts including Lasgo, Tom Waes and Christoff amongst others. Together they  have come together for the very first time releasing a product which the Maltese public have been difficult to seek but would be overlooked or rather overshadowed by other musical ensembles during the evening.

The Opinion of the Critics
Rating: 68%

Steve Allen: Could do well, catchy, good commercial beat and very cute sexy girls finally! But they are a bit stiff, need to work on movement and performance, a little more confidence - need a good routine and fluid movement.

Carlos Coelho: Very catchy but it sounds like a B-Track, lyrics are a bit silly and all in all it’s not very original.

Sharon Vaughn: Not quirky enough for this song. The girls don't fit or the song doesn't fit them. Sorry.

Martin Isherwood: Nice idea. Good use of major key in chorus 2nd verse is a bit bewildering - what "famous scene"? Strong idea - You-hoo, Uh Uh. Should be written as Ooh Ooh or "Ooh Ooh Aah Aah"- as Uh Uh is usually an indication of something wrong. Very good Quite instant and contemporary. Verse lyrics need fixing; Britney, Girls Aloud, Goldfrapp etc. "Son of my father Chicory Tip - very old reference

Charlie Rapino: Finally! A good uptempo song .. clever, and catchy. They will have to work more on the performance in Baku should they make it.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:31