Chameleon (Michela Pace song)

"Chameleon" is a song by Maltese singer Michela Pace. It was selected by PBS (Malta) to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The song was revealed on 10 March 2019, along with the music video, while its official release was on 4 April 2019.[2] The singer was selected to represent her country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest through winning the first edition of X Factor Malta. This song was assigned to the singer after that TV show had ended. It was performed during the second semi-final on 16 May 2019, and qualified for the final, where it placed 14th with a total of 107 points.[3]

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Single by Michela Pace
Released4 April 2019
Michela Pace singles chronology
Music video
"Chameleon" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 entry
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Taboo" (2018)   
"All of My Love" (2020) ►


By 29 March, "Chameleon" had achieved more than four million views on the official YouTube channel of the contest.[4] It peaked at number 1 in its debut in the Malta's Top 10 charts show held every week by Bay 89.7 radio station.[5] The song has received positive reviews from Eurovision journalists. William Lee Adams of Wiwibloggs made a reaction video saying that the song "is daring" and "full of quality", while Natalie Feliks described it "strong" and "colorful" with an "infectious quality".[6][7] Owner of ESCtips wrote about "Chameleon" that it is the "most original" among the upbeat pop songs of the 2019 contest.[1]

Eurovision Song ContestEdit

Michela Pace won the first Maltese version of The X Factor on 26 January 2019 and therefore got the right to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, in Tel Aviv.[8] On 10 March, her song "Chameleon", written and composed by Joacim Persson, Paula Winger, Borislav Milanov and Johan Alkanas, was revealed on the Eurovision Song Contest's official YouTube channel along with its music video.[9] The commercial release of the song was on 4 April. The music video of "Chameleon" was produced and directed by a team from the Maltese national broadcaster PBS, with popular freelance steadicam operator and videographer Charles Ahar at the head of the team.[10]

On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Malta was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[11]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Malta was set to perform in position 11, following the entry from Croatia and preceding the entry from Lithuania.[12]

The song qualified to the final from the second semi-final where it was announced as the last qualifying entry (the songs were announced in a random order).[13]


Chart (2019) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 159
Estonia (Eesti Tipp-40)[15] 29
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[16] 65
Iceland (Tonlist)[17] 38
Lithuania (AGATA)[18] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 73
Scotland (OCC)[20] 86
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 69


  1. ^ a b "Malta: Michela – Chameleon". ESCtips. 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ Herbert, Emily (10 March 2019). "Malta: Michela Pace to Sing 'Chameleon' at Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix.
  3. ^ "EBU issues statement on Eurovision 2019 Grand Final jury result". 22 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Watch: Malta's Eurovision Song Is Now Trending on YouTube". Bay 89.7. 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Malta's Top 10". Bay 89.7. 11 March 2019. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  6. ^ "'Chameleon' reaction video: What do we think of Malta's Eurovision entry from Michela?". Wiwibloggs. March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "We are technicolour! Michela's "Chameleon" lyrics remind us of our capacity to overcome". Wiwibloggs. 20 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Michela Pace is Malta's X Factor winner and Eurovision hopeful". MaltaToday. 26 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Michela reveals Malta's 'Chameleon' Eurovision entry for Tel Aviv". European Broadcasting Union. 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ "CHAMELEON: Here's The Team Behind Malta's 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Entry". lovinmalta. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Malta makes it to the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv - TVM News". TVM English. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  14. ^ " – Michela %5BMT%5D – Chameleon" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  15. ^ "EESTI TIPP-40: Official Estonian Singles Chart". Eesti Ekspress. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 21/2019". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Lagalistinn Vika 22 – 2019" (in Icelandic). Tonlistinn. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  19. ^ " – Michela %5BMT%5D – Chameleon" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  21. ^ " – Michela %5BMT%5D – Chameleon". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 24 May 2019.