2000 and Whatever – Malta

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Chiara – Angel | 2nd place, 192 points (Final)

I probably sound like a broken record when I say this, but I’m definitely more a fan of the upbeat entries at Eurovision rather than ballads. It takes a special ballad to capture my heart. Irrelevant to the fact that Malta finished in 2nd place in 2005 with this song, this song just doesn’t do it for me. Vocally, this is clearly a strong entry, and easily one of the best vocal performances of 2005, however the song itself just doesn’t feel unique, and dare I say it, it’s a bit bland. The staging was kept simple to highlight the song and vocals, but again, didn’t help me to remain interested in watching this performance. Sorry Chiara, sorry Malta and sorry Dennis.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Chiara – Angel | 2nd place, 192 points (Final)

The song takes a while to develop into its charming chorus, then slowly begins to build again. I feel as this is a song of thirds – slow start, charming chorus/second verse, and an eventful bridge/final chorus. ‘Angel’ isn’t entirely my cup of tea, but the second ‘third of the song really saves it for me. It’s gentle, charming, and has a beautiful melody. Also notable is that this entry is very ‘Brand Malta’. Even 15 years on, and they haven’t changed too much from sending strong female vocalists to sing ballads!

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Malta below: