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XTRA DECIDES: 🇲🇹 ‘Checkmate’ is our choice to win MESC 2023

XTRA DECIDES sees the team here at ESCXTRA score the Eurovision national final songs, reviewing our winner. Follow us from here through to March 2023 as we make our choices for Eurovision 2023.

The Scores

1Brooke – “Checkmate” 🏆713
2Cheryl Balzan – La La Land440
2Maxine Pace – “Alone”442
2Eliana Gomez Blanco – “Guess What”440
5Christian Arding – “Eku Ċar261
5The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)”261
7Fabrizio Faniello – “Try To Be Better”210
7Ryan Hill – In the Silence210
9Giada – I Depend on You160
10Nathan – “Creeping Walls”130
11Stefan Galea – Heartbreaker120
12Matt Blxck – “UP.”90
13Geo Debono – “The Mirror”30
14Dan – “It’ll Be Ok”20
15Chris Grech – Indescribable10
15Ian – “On My Own”10

The Reviews

Malta have a tendency to sometimes change a song after they win MESC, but I would advise them not to do that if (when…) Brooke wins. “Checkmate” is a very slick package, with a good hook, a good vocal. It’s Eurovision in the 20s by numbers, but that’s really a compliment in this case. It’s by far the best complete performance Malta have got to offer. So… don’t ‘MESC’ this up, okay?
I have seen a lot of worry with Malta this year but in Brooke, they have a contender. Brooke Borg is a performer and she shows it every single time she steps on that MESC stage. How she hasn’t been chosen before this is beyond me. “Checkmate” is a fun pop song which gives Brooke the space to display her breathtaking vocals whilst having engaging and unique staging. Malta should be proud if this wins!

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