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As the songs begin to surface thick and fast for Eurovision 2018, our attentions turn towards the weekend and Malta, who will be the next country to decide its entry for Lisbon on Saturday. We spoke to Deborah C, who is no stranger to Malta Eurovision Song Contest, about her entry and how her experiences have shaped her music!

Hello Deborah!

First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you ? Can you introduce yourselves ? What can you tell us about yourself?

Hi there! I’m fine thanks and I hope all is well!

I’m Deborah C, I’m 28 years old and I come from the small village of Għajnsielem Gozo. I’ve been singing for the past 19 years. I try to find the right balance between singing and teaching. I started my teaching profession four years ago. This gives me the opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of young people!

The song that you will be presenting for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is “Turn It Up”. What can you tell us about the song?

I believe “Turn It Up” is a potential song… It has a universal appeal and gives people an infectious energy. Its hook is memorable!

What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision?

Christian Schneider, Aidan O’ Connor, Sarah Biglert and Erik Gronwall (the composers/authors) all shared their ideas on music, style and lyrics to come up with a great song. The message behind this song is to live life to the maximum and give everything 100%, whether it’s a relationship or a passion. We turn up the music to dance, to celebrate, to love. Life is too short so give it the best shot you can!

What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?

Personally, I think The Malta Eurovision is the biggest platform for all artists and it opens new doors internationally. I look forward to take part each year. I watch the international one every year as I will be eagerly waiting to watch the live stage acts. My favourite entry is ‘Euphoria’ as it’s full of emotions.

Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest, where would you dream to perform?

I would dream to perform live at the X Factor shows or at Britain’s Got Talent.

How do you describe your music to people?

Music is an integral part of my life. I try to make people curious and ask questions whenever I work on new songs with my team. I also like sharing my personal experience in song writing so that people can relate to it.

What is a typical day like for you?

I love my busy typical day ie: Waking up early, having breakfast… meeting my little ones at school. Then I normally do some errands… Afterwards I have rehearsals, vocal lessons or recordings in the afternoon and catch up with my colleagues or friends in the evening.

What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?

“Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you”

If your life was a song title, what would it be?

It would be “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. It’s definitely the song we turn to when we’re having a rough patch in our lives and need an extra push to get through the day.

Thanks for your time. We wish you the best of luck for the upcoming competition. Maybe we see you in May in Lisbon!

Thank You for this interview. A special Thanks goes to all of you out there for your constant support. I hope you’ll like ‘Turn It Up’ as much as I do! Debs xxx

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