Vertigo (Olivia Lewis song)

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""Vertigo""
Single by Olivia Lewis
Released 2007
Writer(s) Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg
Malta "Vertigo"
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 entry
Country Malta
Artist(s) Olivia Lewis
Language English
Composer(s) Philip Vella
Lyricist(s) Gerard James Borg
Finals performance
Semi-final result 25th
Semi-final points 15
Appearance chronology
◄ "I Do" (2006)   
"Vodka" (2008) ►

"Vertigo" was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, performed in English by Olivia Lewis.

The song is a moderately up-tempo number. Lewis describes the difficulties she faces in her relationship, as her lover apparently spends much of his time doing exactly the opposite of what she expects him to. She likens this feeling to vertigo, and wonders if perhaps "solo is the way to go", suggesting that she may choose to end the relationship rather than deal with the problems.

Olivia Lewis performing "Vertigo" for Malta.

Musically, the song features a tune described as "oriental" and containing elements both of Middle Eastern and Far Eastern music (most notably a gong, struck at various points during the song). Lewis herself performed in a costume made of silk and giving the appearance of being from China.

As Malta had not finished the previous Contest in the top ten, the song was performed in the semi-final. Here, it was performed twentieth (following Norway's Guri Schanke with "Ven a bailar conmigo" and preceding Andorra's Anonymous with "Salvem el món"). At the close of voting, it had received 15 points, placing 25th in a field of 28 and thus preventing Malta from qualifying for the final. The result represents Malta's first failure to appear in the final since the country relaunched itself at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991.

It is said by Maltese singer Enzo Gusman that the song itself may be derivative of a song in the film Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock[citation needed].

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  • Vertigo (Eurovision Version)
  • Vertigo (Unplugged)
  • Vertigo (DJ Armani Remix)