The Maltese national broadcaster has announced that they will be holding ‘Christabelle Eurovision Farewell Party’ as she sets off for Lisbon.
The Christabelle Eurovision Farwell Party will take place on April 21 at the Heart Club Lounge. The party will be the official farewell before the young singer sets off for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Christabelle has traveled across Europe ahead of the contest next month visiting Russia, Slovenia and Israel as part of her promotional tour.
The Party will see a number of former Maltese Eurovision participants performed including Claudia Faniello (Breathlessly – 2017) and Gianluca Bezzina (Tomorrow – 2013). Tickets are currently on sale for the party starting at 10 Euro.
Christabelle won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in a final against 15 other songs with a total of 133 points. She follows Claudia Faniello as the Maltese Eurovision representative. In 2017, Claudia finished in 16th place in her semi-final in Kyiv with Breathlessly.
Christabelle is an ambassador for the Maltese President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, and the message of her Eurovision song “Taboo” is to enforce that we should be open about discussing mental illness and offering help to those suffering from it.
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 successful country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.