Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta – the nation’s national selection for the world’s most watched music contest is coming to it’s climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year’s local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year’s show during their preperations. One of these was the veteran participant, Eleanor Cassar who will be singing “Back to Life”.
Hi Eleanor, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?
I am very happy to be back as I believe in this song BACK TO LIFE.
You’ve been missing from the Malta Eurovision scene for the last few years. What have you been up to in the meantime? Was it by coincidence that you decided to come back this year?
In the meantime I became a mother of a beautiful daughter. I thought about it last year. Spoke to my friend Glen Vella, so he helped me to find the composers so we try and find the right song.
Tell us more about your song, “Back to life”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?
The song is about a person who was suffering from psychological abuse, were now is out of it and got the life back. It is modern pop song, powerful and really suits my voice.
How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?
The only thing I can say is that I will be alone.
When you’re searching for a song to add to your repertoire is there anything in particular that you’re looking for?
It is the style and also that is good for my voice.
Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?
There are many. But my favourite one is MOLITVA
Do you have a personal goal for the competition?
Well it is a completion so I would like to win. But it is a chance also to be seen.
What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?
I am listening to POP/SOUL music.
When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?
I love cooking, swimming …I love to go out for a good dinner in a nice restaurant and of course playing with my daughter.
What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?
At the moment, I don’t have any plans, but most probably I would love to release a video for Back to life.
Thanks for your time Eleanor, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!
I would like to thank everyone for the support as I am receiving great feedback regards the song and now i am looking forward to perform on stage.