|Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on March 25, 2018 at 7:25 AM|
Taboo is the song of Christabelle and Malta of this year. We had the chance to speak to Christabelle about Eurovision 2018. Read now what she has to say about Salvador, Lisbon, Portugal and the Eurovision.
Christabelle, when you think about Portugal, what is the first thing having in mind?
Well, now that I’ve been, the first thing that comes to mind is the farm I was on at Alter do
Chão. I fell in love with the place and can’t wait to visit and see all the beautiful horses again.
But, I also get butterflies when I remember that I’ll be performing on the Eurovision stage in
Portugal. I don’t think I could be more excited!
Have you ever been to Lisbon and what did you like the most? Or what are you the
most excited about Lisbon, if it is your first time?
I was in Lisbon for a few hours a couple of weeks ago but I’m afraid I didn’t get to see much
so I’m very excited to be back and explore the city a bit better. I recently couldn’t sleep and I
decided to do some research on the city, so now I have a list of all the places I want to visit
(the architecture is wonderful!) and the foods I want to try…
What was your reaction about the victory of Salvador last year?
Sometimes, it can be hard to connect with a song when you don’t understand the lyrics, but
‘Amar pelos dois’ blew me away immediately. Salvador’s voice is so soothing and the song
just instantly reminds you of romance! Definitely a well-deserved win.
You already participated at the national final. Now you got the ticket. Why did you
return this year?
Yes, I only started taking part in 2014. That year there were 2 national finals, and I placed 2nd
with the song Rush during my second try. The last time was in 2016 and I then decided to
take a break for a year and focus on some other parts of my musical career. I missed this
particular stage, however, and thought that I would try my hand at it once again and bring in
all the things I had experienced and learnt as an artist over the previous year to create
something that was different – at least for me.
What is the inspiration behind your song Taboo?
It’s a very personal song for me as it talks about breaking down the taboos that we have when
it comes to mental health. I’ve experienced it at first hand and I know that it can be really
difficult to simply find someone to tell that you are not feeling well emotionally and
mentally. With that in mind, I approached the other three songwriters (Johnny Sanchez,
Thomas G:son and Muxu) and, together, we wrote ‘Taboo’. But the song was always meant
to be a visual one, which is why I enlisted the help of artistic director Steven Levi Vella to
bring the song to life on stage. He is now also helping me work on the performance for
What do you expect from Eurovision for your musical career?
Performing in front of so many millions of people on the stage of a contest with such a
history and prestige is incredible. No matter what happens after the performance, making it to
the Eurovision will always be a highlight. Having said that, I also need to keep in mind that
this is not about me but about my country, Malta, and its people, who have entrusted me to
represent them. All I wish for, at this point, is that I will make Malta proud, Europe sing
along, and the theme of ‘Taboo’ out there.
What does the theme “All aboard” means to you?
No matter where we come from, what language we speak, what kind of clothes we wear, or
what God we pray to, music can unite us. For that reason, I think ‘All Aboard’ is actually a
fantastic slogan for a contest that has united Europe – and, now, even places well outside of
Europe, like Australia – for more than six decades. In other words, to me ‘All Aboard’ means
inclusion and solidarity; something that, when practiced, makes the whole world a kinder
place to live in.
Eurovision this year will be without big LED walls, what do you think about that fact?
The first time I heard about it, I was actually quite worried. But then I realised that this
opened the door for us to be even more creative with how we set the scene for our
performance. In a way, this will put the focus back on us, the contestants, and that’s
something that we will have to use to our advantage!
The inspiration for the theme of this year was the ocean. Which meaning does it has for
While Portugal has connected Europe to the New World for centuries, Malta has connected
Europe to Africa and the Middle East for centuries, too, so the theme is also very close to
Malta’s experience of history and our identity as a people. The ocean – or the sea – has not
only allowed us to discover new lands but to share goods, ideas and traditions, and I think
that’s definitely worth celebrating!
Malta never won the Eurovision Song Contest. What would you do, if you would be the
one to bring the first victory to Malta?
I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like! Malta has done well on several occasions
but, as you’ve mentioned, it’s never won, so I’m pretty sure this would be a big deal. But, my
mindset until I get to perform in Portugal is to work hard to be able to give my best
performance possible and to stay grounded… But it’s a very exciting prospect so, yes, all
fingers and toes crossed, of course!
We thank for this nice interview and wish all the best to Christabelle and hope that her wishes and dreams come true. And not miss a Nata in Lisbon
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