During my sacrosanct weekly shopping hours on Saturday, I popped into Amore & Baci, a jewellery store in the heart of Paola. The shop is an Italian franchise and the owners have set up an exhibition of coloured and juvenile jewels which are ideal for summer. It is most definitely a shop not to be missed.

Inside the store, a pleasant surprise was waiting for me. I was welcomed with a beaming smile by none other than this year’s Eurovision ambassador, Amber!

Your Eve event reporter took the opportunity to ask her a couple of questions for you:

The music we hear in the background is the song which you took to Vienna for the last Eurovision Song Contest. What had drawn you to music?

Well, music is actually a passion that came later on in life. I won’t be giving you the classic answer of “I started when I was 5 years old!” My first love was Judo. For 11 years, I wilfully trained until I got to a competitive level, but I then had a bad accident which forced me to leave and abandon my dream of becoming a recognised judo champion. That’s when I began to follow people’s advice and try singing. Well, here I am…

I cannot help but ask you about your experience at the Eurovision…

It was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to expose myself in an international context and to share the stage with artists from all over Europe. Despite the result, it has been an experience that has enriched me both personally and professionally, and that I will cherish forever in my heart.

Many people wonder if the negative result of the competition was made by the usual strategic game of neighbour-voting. What do you think?

I believe that Eurovision is just a game, and as such there is only one winner. There are many factors that come into play, but the important thing is the teaching that one gets from the entire experience. It’s made me grow a lot by pushing me to become a better singer. Here in Malta, it’s very easy to mistake notoriety for success, but when you put yourself in the international game, you will understand that humility and hard work are the fundamental components of this job.

We concur! This fits well with the spirit of the choir you belong: Animae…

Yes, absolutely! Animae is a wonderful family. We are very close and we share the same passion for soul and gospel music. In fact, my models are Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé and Ray Charles. But the best thing about it is that we work as a single body – all parts are equally important. No divas, just music!

Tell me a little bit more about you.

I’m currently studying at university to become a primary school teacher. I like children very much, even if my dream is to pursue my music career.

Any boyfriends in the picture?

What?! None at all! I’m very focused on my career and I don’t have much time for romance. Obviously, if Prince Charming comes along…

OK boys, line up! But, do let us know what’s in store for the near future…

I’ll just let you know that you’ll soon be hearing my new work, which will be exploring different sounds from what you’re used to. It will be a more commercial project that will be launched both on a national and an international level, but that’s all I can say.

No worries Amber! We’ll remain in the loop.