Malta’s 2016 Eurovision entry
Ira Losco fee-ee-eels like she can walk on water. But she’s not really dressed for swimming. In fact, Ira Losco might just be the dressiest person to stride across a barren landscape since Servalan in Blakes’ Seven.
Here’s the video
I’ve quite a few more videos to see, but so far, Ira Losco is by far the most sartorially magnificent entrant. There’s a lot of inventive fabric that’s both clinging to her and flying all around her. I think Liz Taylor had a more restrained wardrobe for Cleopatra.
The song has a very traditional sort of merit, but it’s the costuming that fixates. Rather cleverly, there is a male dancer dressed entirely in black who follows her around so that she can pretend not to notice him – and his restrained appearance only adds to the overall sense of happy glamour.
Perhaps the point of the costuming is to make the walking on water all the more impressive. Because if she starts to lose faith in her own ability to walk on water (like St Peter did (see Matthew 14: 22-33) then she’s going to be in considerable difficulties. Either she walks or she sinks. Maybe Jesus will save her (assuming it’s not the Grumpy Jesus from the Armenian video).
Of course, videos don’t translate into Stockholm stage shows, and it’s hard to say what the actual performance will be like. Costuming, however, is rarely less restrained on stage than it is in videos, so I’d expect something of the spectacular love of drapery to be preserved.
Every year I sort of hope for a sulky or bad tempered entry from Malta just so that I can make my annual ritual (i.e. not funny) joke about “making the Maltese cross”. However, Ira seems to be positively beatific. She’s glowing. This joke is going to be even harder to make this year – even more tiresome and cringe-worthy.
Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…
More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow
Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan
More chillingly, here is Estonia
But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus
On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…
San Marino – folks…
Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…
Here’s Austria by the way…