Christabelle from Malta has performed her Eurovision 2018 entry “Taboo” at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.
The singer was invited to perform in her capacity as Global Citizen Advocate for Mental Health Awareness. She attended the “Girls in Emergencies: How the UK and the Commonwealth are empowering girls in times of crisis” event which was attended by leaders and politicians of various Commonwealth countries including the UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Malta is a member nation of the Commonwealth of Nations.
As well as performing an acoustic version of “Taboo,” Christbelle spoke about her work in mental health advocacy. She stressed the need for greater access to mental health care services, especially in distressed countries.
Christabelle has already spoken about the important message in her song of overcoming the stigma attached to mental health issues and promoting awareness. She recently posted a video message to the Finnish singer for Eurovision 2018, Saara Aalto, after Saara spoke about her own mental health in an interview on British radio.
As part of her advocacy, Christabelle has also been appointed by the President of Malta as Ambassador of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society on Mental Health.
In addition to promoting her mental health message, Christabelle has been busy promoting her song in the lead-up to Eurovision. She has performed at preview events in Moscow, London, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam and has made a promotional visit to Slovenia where she met Slovenian representative Lea Sirk.
A farewell party will be held for Christabelle in Malta on 21 April and she will perform “Taboo” in the second-semi final of Eurovision 2018 on Thursday 10 May in Lisbon, Portugal.
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.