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MALTA 2018 : Five minutes with Christabelle
Publié le 01 Février 18 à 20h48  / Modifié le 01 Février 2018 à 20h50  Par Mathias
She's one of the most successful Maltese singers of the past years, and in 2018, she is entering MESC with a message to share.

Meet Christabelle!

How would you define yourself in one word?

How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
That’s really hard to describe, because when I get off the stage I tend to forget about how I was feeling. I normally feel excited, full of energy and appreciative.

How would you quickly tell the story of your life?
Born in 1992, I have been performing on stage since the age of three. Following a brief stint on television in my teens – during which I hosted Teen Traffic and Teen Trouble (both nominated for a Malta Television Award) – I decided to focus on my music career, which led me to study music at Mount St. Mary’s College in Hollywood, and participate in several song contests including the Junior Eurovision in Malta, and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, amongst others.

For the past six years, I won eight Bay Music Awards and have been working with various producers on a string of songs, including ‘I Wanna Know’, ‘Flame’, ‘Naturally’, ‘Every Time I Bleed’, ‘Everything About You’, ‘Say’, and ‘Fall for You’, with many of them reaching the Number 1 spot in the local charts. In 2009, I was chosen by Gigi D’Alessio to perform alongside him during his concert at the Palalottomatica in Rome. I have also opened for world-renowned singer Laura Pausini here in Malta, and performed at Isle of MTV 2017.

I am also an accountant by profession and a social media influencer.

How does one make you angry?
I tend to get angry and frustrated by those double-faced people, and people who judge and don’t think about how their words can affect another individual.

How does one make you happy?
I am a very positive person, so I try find the best in everything and everyone. I am very easily pleased and I try to always be happy, even when I’m down. By simply loving me and showing me that a person cares, I’m happy.

How would you define your taste in music?
I like listening to different genres of music, I like performing pop songs though.

If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
I am mesmerized by Sia’s voice and her music, so I would probably listen to her for the rest of my life.

How would you describe Taboo, your song for the contest?
The song is called Taboo , and it’s an incredibly personal one for me, both because of what I have been through as an individual in my private life, and because it addresses something that is very close to my heart. The song’s message is that we should be open about discussing mental illness and in offering help (rather than judgement) to those suffering from it. We need to change the way we talk about mental illness and encourage those who need help to speak up; but it’s only by working together that we can break this taboo... So, in a nutshell, with Taboo I set out to raise awareness about mental health. I feel that the MESC is a huge platform for anyone who wants to get their message across through a song and that is why I wrote this song to participate with it in Malta Eurovision Song Contest. I believe that people want something beyond entertainment and beyond content; they want inspiration. They want something they can add to a list of quotes or a handbook, a playbook. And they want to keep adding to it, that is why I decided to write such a meaningful song, raising awareness.

How did you make the decision of entering MESC this year?
Even though I only started taking part in the MESC a few years ago, last year I decided to take a year off the Eurovision to focus on my job as a full-time financial controller, as well as on my music beyond the MESC. Even so, my intention was always to return within a year and, watching it last year, made me realise just how much I enjoy being a part of it and to be on the MESC stage. Also, I feel that the MESC is a huge platform for anyone who wants to get their message across through song.

How would you make us want to come to Malta?
Malta is so rich in history. I believe that there is history everywhere around so Malta is like an open-air museum. We have several World Heritage sites, a perfect capital city, charming architecture, divine food, beautiful weather all year round, so many wonderful beaches, 2 sister islands. Unfortunately, I cannot choose, as I believe that whoever is lucky enough to get to visit Malta should be prepared for a week of sightseeing and fun activities.

How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
A contest that still produces fun and great music and stupendous shows.

How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
At times, music seems to only be about the beat and the melody, but even though both factors are important, I believe that Taboo is a mixture of the three elements that make a good track: a strong message, a catchy melody and good rhythm. The message of Taboo is also universal, and I hope that it can get people to talk about mental illness both locally and abroad, hence it would mean that the message behind my song wouldn’t only be transmitted to solely the Maltese audience, but to all the countries competing in Eurovision 2018.

Christabelle, thank you so much for the interview, and for coming forward with such an important message. To see if Taboo will make it to Lisbon, tune in on TVM on Saturday!

For any requests/questions, you can email mathias.eurovision.fr.net@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @altruismless!
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