The year was 2006. Deep in the dry, red-hot deserts near Alice Springs, Australia, two D-list celebrities and soul icon Marcia Hines found themselves lost and alone. Melting into their chairs under the scorching Australian sun. Thirsty for water and even thirstier for talent. Australian Idol had done them real dirty this time. Until, like a mirage, they heard a voice. 'Shaaaaaaare my liiiiife...' Instant hydration. Broad spectrum sun protection. Shelter from the sandstorms (and the Sandilands). The voice was smooth. Clear. Angelic. And it belonged to Jessica Hilda Mauboy. From that first Whitney rendition, Miss Mauboy was on the country's radar - delivering knockout performance after knockout performance (except for a bit of a rough take on the Bee Gee's "Words"). And although she finished runner-up to Damien Leith ('who?' the gays ask), Jessica was the winner in the hearts and minds of everyone with taste. We stanned. Well, I definitely stanned. Once signed to Sony, it was hard to say what Jess was going to do - if much of anything. She replaced Ricki-Lee in the Young Divas and stole the whole damn show on the colossal banger that is "Turn Me Loose" - but the group's second album didn't exactly take off. Was that it for our girl? Would she ever get her time in the solo sun? The answer came in 2008, when Jessica ARRIVED with "Running Back". Sure, having Flo Rida (who was HUGE at the time was) on the track was a massive get for an Aussie girl's debut single. But it was the song's amazing R'n'B-pop production and Jess' incredible vocals that really made people sit up and take notice. SHE WASN'T PLAYING. The song hit the top five, went double-platinum, and set up Jess as a viable pop star. Turns out, it was just the beginning. Her debut album "Been Waiting was one of the biggest-selling albums by an Australian artist that year. Second single "Burn" leapfrogged "Running Back" to hit number one. The bops kept coming - and so did the hits. In the space of a year, Jess had gone from singing-show-runner-up-featured-on-girl-group's-flop-album to a viable popstar. (Did I mention we stanned?) In the TEN YEARS since, J-Mally has pressed on with a strong pop game. From the sleek, commercial beats of 'Get 'Em Girls' to the soul success of 'The Sapphires', the fizzy dance-pop of 'Beautiful' to the euphoric "We Got Love" at this year's Eurovision, she's become one of the most iconique presences in Australian pop. She's racked up 9 top-10 singles, 6 top-10 albums (including 2 number ones), and one PopJustice rate. Which starts now. Over the next few weeks, we'll be rating all of Jess' original studio tracks that have been released on an album - include deluxe re-releases (of which she's had a few.) ALSO, because I'm a dedicated stan who wants to give y'all the best possible rate, I've tracked down the studio version of "Over and Over" - which was released as a B-Side on the "To The End Of The Earth" physical single. Bear with as I figure out the best way to share this with y'all. So turn it up and put it down. Do your make-up and your hair the way you like (like), you like. Pop a bottle of your love. Ride, ride, ride on a Saturday night. And get on your get 'em girls. Because we've been waiting so long - and once we've made the definitive call on the best Jessica Mauboy song of all time, things are never gonna be the same. THE SONGS Not on Spotify: Over and Over THE DEADLINE DECEMBER 10, 2018 THE RULES Use the PM list in the post below this to fill out your scores and send them over to me, thanks! As per usual, score each song out of 10 - and give an 11 to the J-Mally track you think's the pick of the bunch. I'll accept scores with a decimal points as long as they're not crazy. We're talking 0.1-0.9 and the usual 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 fare. If you're giving a 7.85732 to a Beautiful deluxe track, you can Go (I don't need you anyway). Please hit me up with some commentary! You can say as little or as much as you want, as long as you say something. Don't be a troll.