Almost a month ago she became Malta‘s act for the Eurovision Song Contest and now Christabelle is making waves with the music video for “Taboo”. 

The clip builds upon themes used in the performance at Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Starting in a desert dystopia with strong Mad Max vibes, the Maltese diva finds herself prisoner of an unknown evil state.

We then move to a Hunger Games-style confrontation were tributes battle one another for the entertainment of a privileged elite.

As those clips are shown, the Maltese star also holds court over clubland and battles her demons in a perspex box.

In a further woodland scene, Christabelle brings light to the trees in a blue kaftan creation, a visual metaphor for the song’s aim to shine light on the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The 3:50 clip ends with Christabelle waving a flag of revolution, the evil state defeated and the titular “Taboo” broken.

Swapping between club dancefloor diva, nude illusion vulnerability and an ethereal woodland look, the video is a good show of the versatility that fans of Malta’s Eurovision selection shows know Christabelle possesses as a performer.

Christabelle: Activist Artist

As well as using the Maltese ticket to Eurovision to put the spotlight on mental health issues, Christabelle recently assumed a role as a Special Ambassador for the The President of Malta’s Foundation For The Wellbeing Of Society.

The role will focus on mental health issues and follows meetings with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat.

Christabelle is set to perform “Taboo” for an even wider European audience in the second-half of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. She’ll hope to avoid the fate of last year’s Maltese act Claudia Faniello, who failed to advance to the Grand Final in Kyiv.


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When Jamala won, it wasn’t because her song was the best one, but for what it stood for. Personally, I didn’t like Jamala’s song but this one, Taboo, I like a lot. The message it portrays makes you further fall in love with the song.
I cannot understand why some people said she has a weak performance live, because vocals are there, her choreography is there and staging is fully thought out.
Anyways Goodluck Christabelle!


One of the best song for me. That’s too bad Christabelle live performances are not the best ones.

Thing is, Malta has tried out such a motley assortment of meaningless stuff (not unlike most participating countries, of course) that now it comes up with something that makes sense and everyone’s just stopped taking it seriously. The last few years it’s been, other than those, lots of watered-down fillers. Warrior was fine and Amber was all there live on stage, but they screwed the staging -maybe? Gianlucca Bezzina was fresh and a charmer, and it paid off. And by then anyway, Malta had already gotten its reputation as a dated bore with B production. Pity much. Not that I… Read more »
Sleep on Malta at your own caution. This has way more ambition than their last few entries, so keep an eye out for them. If they stick with the staging from MESC and she gives a good vocal, I see her making the final. She and Laura Rizzotto are the biggest wildcards of semi 2 – there’s an equal likelihood of them flopping and triumphing. As I said before, the only entry from the second half of semi 2 I can see making the final, no questions asked, is “Under the Ladder.” Sweden and Poland have solid track records but… Read more »

this makes me despair. how come they make such a cool cideo like this (the aesthetics reminds me of the once upon a time youth series The Tribe, also riding that car in the beginning) but meanwhile in Estonia Mart Normet team can´t even spell the word “video” we mostly have really embarrassing efforts at that


Sorry to say, but her live performance/act is really awful.


Still better than Saara Alto.


Cool video , it looked like a movie trailer


I dont know how this is so low in the betting odds, i guess it’s because it’s Malta and not Sweden. It gave me winner vibes since i first heard it, i can imagine Loreen singing this.


or demi lovato


Argh same!!! It have a really bad feeling it will be the Switzerland of this year


Really underrated. I can’t stand it 🙁