Following our own advice, we chose to forsake the 5+ hour Maltese marathon and play catch up later. Eventually, Malta decided to send Gianluca Bezzina and “Tomorrow” to Malmö.
In Malta, where no one is just a singer, 23-year old Bezzina has a day job–he’s a doctor.
Doc Bezzina brings a geeky charm to the stage and he reels you in. As a performer, he’s raw, and that quality can be a double-edged sword. Malta handled the semi-finals in the studio. That went poorly for Bezzina, and I’m not just talking about the ugly sweater. Rather, his inexperience showed as he looked uncomfortable playing directly to the camera. In the Maltese final, in front of an audience, Bezzina opened up. He engaged his band, he engaged the crowd. He didn’t engage the camera, but he didn’t need to.
“Tomorrow” is a quirky little song, and there is an emerging Eurovision sub-genre of adorable twee pop. Listening to “Tomorrow” we rattled off several past Eurovision entries that occupied a similar niche: Paradise Oskar, Tom Dice, Jon Lilygreen, Anna Rossinelli, Simon Matthew… These entries all have something else in common: they all made the finals.
This is a tough one to call. “Tomorrow” may not be to our taste, but it might be unwise to count this one out.