The Malta Eurovision Song Contest kicks off later tonight, and the semi-finalists are busy perfecting their performances. Twenty artists want the golden ticket for Vienna, and over the last few weeks our Austrian correspondent Patrick Melbler has been catching up with ALL of them. Today he talks with Amber, who is singing the song “Warrior”, and who won our fan poll in Malta.
First of all, congratulations for making the National Selection of Malta. How do you feel?
Being chosen as one of the semi-finalists in the National Selection of Malta is a huge honour for me. The excitement is gradually building up as we get closer and closer to the festival.
This time you try your luck with “Warrior”. Can you tell us the story behind it? What’s it like knowing it’s written by the same composers of Gaia’s “The Start?
To me, Elton Zarb and Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca aren’t simply my writers. I consider them as friends, as I had already known them well before the Eurovision, and had already worked with them in previous years on other projects. Having the same composers as Gaia’s ‘The Start’, is a huge honour for me. ‘Warrior’ is a song to which anyone can relate to. It is an inspirational message to which all those who are facing or had difficulties in their lives can relate to
It’s your 5th attempt in the Maltese selection process. Why did you decide to enter again and which of your songs do you feel most connected to?
The Eurovision in Malta is very popular. It provides artists, writers and composers with the opportunity to exhibit their talents on a large scale both locally and internationally. Naturally, I had to try and make it to the semi-final of this year’s edition. Of all the years during which I have participated, this year’s song most definitely is one of those with which I feel most connected.
Currently I am attending a course in Bachelor of Education course in Early Years at the University of Malta. Throughout the years, I was lucky enough to have full support from my family and friends. As I have already mentioned earlier, the Eurovision is followed by many in Malta. Since participating in the festival I have met talented artists, composers, writers, and I have also made new friends who follow the Eurovision both from Malta, as well as from other countries abroad.
You are a really caring person as you did voluntary work in Tanzania and Calabria. Can you tell us a bit more?
When I was younger, it was always a dream for me to do voluntary work in other countries. Both experiences in Tanzania and Reggio Calabria taught me how different life was for people in other countries, even in countries so close to Malta, like Reggio Calabria in Italy. I enjoyed every moment of both experiences, and learned how much more I should appreciate what I have.
You already had the chance to be in Eurovision as a backing singer for Kurt Calleja. How did you get that opportunity?
I was chosen as Kurt’s backing vocalist after an audition. Kurt and his band were very accepting of me, and we got along instantly. Performing in Baku, Azerbaijan on such a huge stage, in front of so many people was an unforgettable experience for me. I was able to be part of an amazing team representing my country as a backing vocalist.
Why should Malta finally win Eurovision and do you think you could manage that as many people consider you a favourite?
Malta is an island with a lot to offer. The locals are very welcoming and are definitely able to host the Eurovision if the opportunity arises. This year, Malta hosted the Junior Eurovision, which is proof of how capable the Maltese are in hosting a festival of this calibre. If the Maltese public and the jury choose my entry, I would most definitely try my best to bring the Eurovision to our beautiful islands.
I always carry something with me which is of sentimental value.
Can you give us some details about your staging?
My team and I are still in the process of finalizing staging. I would like to leave everything a surprise for the final nights.
Have you listened to your competition? Which songs are your favourites?
Yes, I have already heard the songs. Personally, I believe that all the artists who have made it so far, have the ability to make it to the final night on Saturday and eventually even win the contest. All the artists have a very competitive product, with very high standards. For this reason, I simply cannot choose my biggest competitor or favourite.
Do you have a special message for your fans and readers of wiwibloggs?
I would like to thank all the readers and fans for their support. Without them, I surely would not be where I am today. Finally, I hope that you like my song ‘Warrior’ as much as I do.
It was an honour to speak with you. Good luck to you and your team and maybe you will be a warrior in Vienna as well.
Thank you really much!
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Picture Source: PBS Malta