The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Christabelle from Malta.
At the beginning of February, it was announced that Christabelle would represent Malta at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after winning their national final show. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Christabelle Borg was born on 28th April 1992 in Mgarr, Malta. Christabelle had studied music in college where she graduated in 2014, alongside hosting the TV shows Teen Trouble and Teen Traffic. 2014 was also the year she made her debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the show which is used to select Malta’s next Eurovision entry. On her debut, she placed 8th with her song “Lovetricity”. She tried again in 2015 and 2016, with “Rush” and “Kingdom”, which placed 2nd and 4th respectively. After a year’s break, she returned to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Taboo”, which won the contest.
Christabelle will be representing Malta at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal in May.
Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-Maltija”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top 10, and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002. They are the most country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.