“‘Taboo’ is an incredibly personal song for me as it speaks about the hardships people feeling mentally and/or emotionally unwell go through when they can’t tell their loved ones how they’re feeling. I’ve been there myself and I wanted this song to help break those taboos surrounding mental health,” Christabelle Borg tells Eve, having just recently presented the official video of ‘Taboo’ to her supportive audience. Amid the hectic preparations for the big moment, Malta’s hope in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 shares a glimpse into what led her on the path to victory.
Eve: Could you name a few activities that take the most of your time as you prepare for the Eurovision Song Contest?
Christabelle Borg: It’s very hectic but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Just last Friday we launched the official music video for ‘Taboo’, and it’s now full steam ahead with the preparations of what will happen on the Eurovision stage. As the Ambassador for the Maltese President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society for Mental Health, I’m also attending a lot of very interesting and inspiring events, including the opening of Brain Awareness Week yesterday, where researchers at the University of Malta are showcasing their hard work and achievements in the sector.
With President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. Photo credits: president.gov.mt
Eve: Is there anything you decided to change for the Eurovision show, compared to the national one that we saw?
CB: I can’t say much about what will actually happen on stage, but some elements will be retained while others changed completely. I think the show in Malta was a good blueprint to work on for the Semi-final, but it’s not what will actually happen on stage.
Eve: You co-wrote ‘Taboo’ with an international team. What was it like, writing this particular song together?
CB: Working with Johnny Sanchez, Thomas G:son and Muxu on this was fantastic. They were all incredibly professional and the process was incredibly seamless.
Eve: What is your own favourite Eurovision performance of all times, from any country?
CB: Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ – which Thomas G:son actually wrote – is probably my favourite. It was powerful, simple and memorable! I also liked Jamala’s ‘1944’.
Eve: You have studied and worked abroad. What would you name as your best qualities that will help you reach the hearts of foreign audiences?
CB: I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work with numerous American and British producers, and each of them has taught me something invaluable and inspired me to do better. Even so, I think my biggest inspirations remain my parents, who have supported me through thick and thin, and who have always been there to give me advice and keep me grounded.
I do consider myself to be very hard-working, and I would also say that that this is my best quality. I don’t rest until I’m sure that I’ve done everything to my best potential.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Christabelle!