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Malta: Interview with Christabelle

Christabelle will represent Malta at Eurovison 2018 with the song „Taboo“. Its story is strong and real. The Maltese artist believes everyone deserves to be heard and accepted by the others when they struggle with emotional problems. She told us more about herself, „Taboo“ and her preparations for the Contest in May.

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What does representing Malta at Eurovision mean to you?

It’s scary and exciting in equal measure! It’s a great honour to be entrusted with representing my country and I am working as hard as I can to ensure that I make Malta and the Maltese people proud.

What is the message of your song?

It’s about the need to break down the taboos surrounding mental health. I feel that too many people suffer in silence, and the message of the song is that it doesn’t have to be this way. More importantly, it’s vital that we work hard to ensure those seeking help are comfortable enough to do so without feeling judged.

Why did you decide to sing exactly about this topic?

‘Taboo’ is a very personal song for me. When I felt emotionally and mentally unwell, I wanted to tell my loved ones how I felt but I wasn’t entirely comfortable with that. So, in a way, I decided to sing about this because I felt it was important to speak about it.

Is there anything which is a taboo for you? Why?

I believe in discussing everything!

Your music video is very interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

I’m glad you like it! A great team worked on it and I was delighted with the result. The post-apocalyptic world in the video, I feel, lent itself well to what it’s like to not feel emotionally or mentally well and not being able to speak out.

You’ve had previous attempts in MESC. How is „Taboo“ different from your other songs for the contest? What do you think made it so successful?

There are many talented singers and songs in Malta Eurovision each year so, while I did feel like I had a particularly strong song this year, I didn’t take anything for granted. Even so, I think taking a year off in between helped me refocus and I brought all that I had learnt to the stage.

Many people love your live performance from MESC. Will the one in Lisbon be similar or you’ll surprise us with something even better?

The aim is to make it even better, of course! To ensure that, I’m working with a fantastic artistic team, and we’ll have a few surprises on the night, too!

Many artists will be doing a promo tour in April. What about you? Which of the pre-parties are you going to attend? What do you expect from them?

The UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Slovenia are definitely on the list and there may be a few others, too… I have to admit that I’m very excited to promote ‘Taboo’ internationally, as well as to meet all the lovely people in each of those destinations.

Do you have any favourite songs from previous Eurovision editions? Which is the best Maltese entry in your opinion?

I have two all-time favourites: ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen, which won in 2012, and ‘1944’, the winning song of 2016 from Ukraine. As for Malta, I think one of the best entries ever was ‘Tomorrow’ by Gianluca Bezzina.

You have experience as a TV presenter. Does this make you more confident in front of the big Eurovision audience?

Well, I hope so! I mean, I’ve never been camera-shy but 200 million people is quite something!

Hear „Taboo“ here: