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Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:38

MESC 2013: A Review of 'Too Little Too Late'

A national selection needs to encompass the best elements of a particular music scene in order for the chosen entry to make an effect and represent the identity of the nation abroad. It is highly imperative that despite having foreign songwriters, the performers are still local and this has become a successful formula for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. The re-introduction of foreign songwriters has given the local songwriters a taste of what they would face abroad and therefore, entries have become stronger making the competition more intriguing. The Eurovision Song Contest is a showcase in which several countries in Europe come together for a couple of evenings to compete through the medium of song but nevertheless, behind the scenes, one could denote that artists along with their respective delegations become friends with others and thus the aim is reached. Promotion for this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been well aligned through a schedule put forward by the Public Broadcasting Services. In the meantime, in collaboration with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment is hosting a number of awards, among them, one being given by a set of critics. The twentieth entry entitled Too Little Too Late composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Matthias Strasser is set to be performed by Domenique.

Whilst being one of the youngest participants in this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Domenique is definitely experienced in the music scene noting that she took up the profession when she was just four years old and working with a number of renowned vocal coaches including the likes of Phyllisienne Brincat and Priscilla Psaila, otherwise known as Kaya amongst others. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a stunning platform for artists growing up within the world of music and Domenique did try her luck to represent Malta on a number of occasions but unfortunately, despite stunning performances, was not given the chance. In the meantime, the timbre in her voice suddenly became an element to look forward to following her vocal development and competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza last year, where she managed to finish in third place with her entry Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. This will be her second experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having made the cut for the very first time back in 2011 with the song I’ll Follow the Sunshine written by the winning songwriters of the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest.

Following an absence of one year, Domenique returns to the competition with the track Too Little Too Late which had also made it through to the second phase of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest last year before being discarded as per the qualifiers list which had been published. The genre of the entry is a ballad, one which the local public should very much enjoy because it is heartfelt and works its’ way to represent the vocals of Domenique in the best possible manner. The songwriters seemingly worked to make this song as personal to the artist as possible so that she could relate to the lyrics and ultimately, this would show in the vocal and visual performance. Speaking of the songwriters, Domenique brings internationally acclaimed composer Marc Paelinck into the fray noting that he has been the brains behind three entries in the Eurovision Song Contest, the first being Sister interpreted by Sergio & the Ladies for Belgium in 2002, then came 1 Life sung by Xandee for Belgium in 2004 and last but not least, What If We performed by Chiara on behalf of Malta in 2009. The lyricist is Matthias Strasser who has already competed in the Irish selection a couple of years back with the track Fashion Queen sung by Monika Ivkic which finished in third place out of five contestants. 

The Critics Speak Out 

Rating: 56%

Sharon Vaughn: This is a sweet song and the vocalist is just brilliant but nevertheless, the song is somewhat pretty much inexistent and that is quite disappointing.

Martin Isherwood: Great chorus musically, although title placement feels rushed. Not sure what the meaning of the song is from the lyrics or title. Very nice voice. Strong meloldies. Bit frilly on keys. Key change to second verse feels a little too soon, contrived and twee. Production style is very safe and a little too safe given the simplicity of the song it could use an edge somewhere. Nice song overall just a little too pretty. Reminiscent of fields of Gold & Sally Oldfield Mirrors.

Stano Simor: East of the European audience will love her. Melancholic song in conjunction with a beautiful voice and look  is literally a weapon that has Domenique in her hands. Transpose in the middle of songs is very natural and creates enough update of song without pompous arrangements.

Roberto Meloni: She works very well with cameras. The song is kind of gentle ballad, being honest…a little boring in the end..but still better than many others here.

Lina Eriksson: Yet another ballad. I’m sorry to say that it doesn’t do it for me. I feel like nothing really happens. It’s too little, too late for my taste.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services,

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