Christabelle

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest tends to reward those who persist. Especially if your name is Borg. And so it was for Christabelle (Borg) last night in Valletta. After being the runner-up in 2015 and coming fourth in 2016, her song 'Taboo' was picked to represent Malta at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

As is the fashion these days, the result was a 50/50 jury/televote split, and Christabelle won both. She scored top marks from every juror and topped the televote. Her final score of 133 left second-placed Richard & Joe Micallef way behind with 98 points.

Song    Performer(s) Jury Televote  Total Psn
Dai laga Aidan 34 8 42 4
Rocket Miriana Conte 9 5 14 12
Supernovas Jasmine Abela 25 6 31 8
Call 2morrow Matthew Anthony 26 6 32 7
One step at a time Danica Muscat 2 1 3 16
Breaking point Dwett 3 12 15 10
Love renegade Lawrence Gray 3 4 7 15
Song for Dad Richard & Joe Micallef 31 67 98 2
First time Tiziana Calleja 4 8 12 14
Back to life Eleanor Cassar 19 17 36 5
Beyond blue horizons Rhiannon Micallef 9 5 14 11
Heart of gold Brooke Borg 37 47 84 3
Taboo Christabelle Borg 60 73 133 1
Turn it up Deborah C 0 13 13 13
We can run Avenue Sky 1 15 16 9
Evolution Petra 27 6 33 6

 

'Taboo' breaks from the regular Maltese Eurovision fodder in that it isn't a song about love (lost, forbidden, yearning or otherwise). It addresses mental health awareness. And if it sounds eerily like something you've heard before on this stage, it's co- written by Swede Thomas G:son, along with by Johnny Sanchez, Muxu and Christabelle herself.

To these ears, it's a nice-enough song, but it relies heavily on visuals to distract from any weakness elsewhere.

 

Image Credits: TVM.