Earlier today Malta’s Amber released the re-mastered version of her Eurovision 2015 song “Warrior”. wiwibloggs’s Malta correspondent Noel was on-the-scene and caught up with Amber to discuss the new version and to get her thoughts on the other Warrior in this year’s contest.
Do you think that the new version of “Warrior” fits you better? Does it make you feel more confident?
I believed in the song from the very first day I heard it. Since the song is of an emotional nature it has developed and grown. I feel it is sounding better than ever. I’m very happy with it.
Have you heard Nina Sublatti’s “Warrior”? Do you think that having two songs with the same name could cause issues?
Yes, I have heard the Georgian entry. In reality, the two “Warriors” are two completely different songs that just happen to have the same title. It’s important to look at the big picture because I believe there are 40 warriors in the competition, all fighting in the same battle.
Most of the songs are now chosen. Have you heard them? Do you feel more confident in the song after you heard the others?
It has been fun listening to the other songs. I can see the competition is tough. I believe that there is a great mixture of genres in this year’s Eurovision, which makes the contest even more exciting. Personally I like the Italian and Spanish and a few other entries. I don’t think my confidence levels have changed much since I believed in my song from day one and I still have hopes of it doing well.
Can you tell us about the performance plans for Vienna? Will it be similar to the National Final? Any surprises?
We are going to keep things simple with no outrageous gimmicks. We want the audience to focus on the song and its message. The song is the star and I want it to shine.
The backdrop on the screens in Malta was dark and atmospheric. Will it be the same in Vienna?
Let’s keep it as a surprise but we’ve given a clue of the way we want it to go in the video.
Australia is taking part this year. Any message which you would like to send out to the Eurovision fans in Australia – including the huge Maltese community living there?
It’s very exciting having Australia take part. I would like to say hello to all the Maltese community in Australia, especially my relatives and friends living there. We talk on Skype all the time and I know there will be a few Eurovision parties down under with people waving the Maltese flag. I’d love to visit Australia one day. Follow me on my official social media pages www.facebook/EurovisionSongMalta and @EurovisionMT on Twitter.