Much has been said about 60-year-old (!) Madonna’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday. Shade was thrown, memes were made and it seems like some friendships might also have been destroyed (but more on that later). Amidst the ashes, one of Malta’s most successful singers ever had a thing or two to tell the haters.
Ira Losco took to Instagram on Tuesday afternoon to address a lot of the negative comments on Madonna’s performance
“Whilst almost everyone’s ears can tell when a singer is off-key, not everyone has the capacity to understand and take in the fact that Madge is the UNDISPUTED QUEEN of pop and charts,” Losco started.
“Without her, there would be no music videos the way we are used to being produced,” Ira continued, naming huge international stars like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande who she says “would not have been as inspired aesthetically if Madge hadn’t come along before them.”
“I’m not saying singing off key is OK. Cause it’s not.”
“But there are many singers who can sing in tune and yet they’re forgettable, and quite frankly they’re not going to be around as long as Madge is,” Losco clarified, before going on to the subject of people comparing the decades-old superstar with freshly-picked young Eurovision talent on the stage last weekend.
“Let’s stop comparing her to the other singers in ESC. Most of them were vocally impeccable, but those same artists wish they had half the discography, stage act, track record and years to their careers as her.”
“Also, in-ear monitoring leaves much to be desired in some countries… as is live TV mix,” Ira continued, no doubt speaking from the decade and a half of experience she’s had singing all around Europe in similarly high-profile contexts. “A lot could’ve contributed to being off-key.”
“That said, this post is about reminding a few in the industry and those out of it who love to bitch about older artists…”
Not holding back anymore, Ira went on to give some Madonna naysayers a proper piece of her mind.
“Who came first… and that’s Madonna… and who had staying power for YONKS and that’s Madonna,” she stated. “Also, who has inspired and continues to inspire most of the female artists we have come to love over years, and again that’s someone like Madonna.”
If there’s anyone in Malta who knows a thing or two about withstanding a couple of generations in the music industry, it’s definitely Ira Losco
The 37-year-old has already represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest twice, coming second the first time round all the way back in 2002.
She’s released Number 1 single after Number 1 single, and her most recent double-album No Sinner No Saint has seen the continuous release of some of the most watched music videos of the last couple of years.
Which is probably why so many people were quick to reshare Ira’s posts in defence of one of pop’s biggest OGs. Little did we know that so much Maltese drama could’ve come out of an 80s star performance on the other side of the continent… but again, more on that later.