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Malta reveal that technical issues changed their performance

After today’s second rehearsal, in the press conference, the Maltese delegation revealed they were “forced” to make significant changes to their performance due to technical difficulties in the production of their entry, “Chameleon” by Michela.

“We do not have full control over the technical environment”

In this video filmed at the press conference today, the Maltese delegation describes their issues in full. You can see a transcription of the video below.

“With regards to the changes from the first rehearsal to the second, this we said even in the previous press conference that we had. We were experiencing some issues with the production, with regards to technical problems and staging, so these weren’t solved in time. So, we had to, unfortunately, shift to a plan B, to adapt to a different staging. We’re obviously keeping the concept there, and we’re working hard so that the production team and technical team here in Tel Aviv will translate the imagery, camera shots and camera angles at the right time in the right way. So that we are still working hard to explain exactly what we require and what we had planned from day 1. We are giving them a bit more time. This was like a first rehearsal for us with this [staging] but we were forced to go that way because the technical problems we had weren’t solved. Unfortunately, we as a delegation do not have full control over the technical environment, over certain production issues, so to give time for these issues to be solved. But since they weren’t solved in time, we had to do the adaptation and changes and we had our first rehearsal with them today. We are not happy with the camera shots, basically, so we’re quite happy with the song, but we need to still [make] corrections to the lighting which were not done and the angles and cuts from the camera. So hopefully by the next rehearsal, it will be all done and correct.”

“This is what a massive pop performance in 2019 should look like”

In our rehearsal review from our team Live in Tel Aviv, we described the entry before knowing this was an enforced change as:

Michela looks extremely happy and confident throughout this performance, and we have several overlays of rain, fish and fireflies that give this such a fresh feel. This is what a massive pop performance in 2019 should look like, congratulations Malta.

Matt Baker, live in Tel Aviv for ESCXTRA.com

You can see the rehearsal clip from today below, exclusively using the TV feed from the official Eurovision YouTube channel:

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