Jessika has taken part in Malta Eurovision Song Contest every year since 2008! Her latest entry “Hypnotica” ended up winning the televoting, as well as the online voting, but it convince the juries, thus didn’t win the national final. She is giving it a try once again with her new song titled “Fandango”, written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.
We had the pleasure to talk to Jessika about her entry in Malta Eurovision Song Contest, her views on Eurovision and Junior Eurovision, as well as her personal favourite songs. Check out all of that and more in the following interview:
- Hi Jessika! First of all congratulations for making it to the top 20! How do you feel?
Ecstatic!! Am so happy I’ve got the chance to be back on the greatest music showcases we have in Malta and this year the stage is so grand!!
- How did you decide to enter the Contest this year?
I always wanted to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest and I truly believe it’s a good stepping stone for us singers. I also worked hard to have a great song to compete with, if not I wouldn’t have tried. Also after last year I had to work harder, as “Hypnotica” was the people’s choice, thus it had to be of the same level or even better!! And also the fact that people wanted me to represent Malta gave me the will to try yet again.
- How did you get in contact with the composers of your song?
I have been working with Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg from 2008 and I feel we have created a great working chemistry which helps in creating appealing projects and thus after last year’s “Hypnotica”, our mind set wasn’t of giving up but to work harder… and here we are!!
- Can you tell us a little bit about your song?
It’s catchy and above all has a modern vibe that does not only make it a good Eurovision contender, but can also to climb the charts. Above all, it appeals to a variety of audience. Also Fandango is a couple’s dance….
- How are you preparing yourself for the national final?
I’m having my vocal lessons with my vocal coach Claire McCartin, also physically restarted my early workouts and more…
- Have you already had some thought about how your performance will be on stage?
It’s a little bit early… but still it will be something original and fun!
- Who do you think is your biggest competition to win this national final?
I truly believe all contenders are in the chance of winning it, it’s an awesome competition as there are many different styles, and thus it’s all in the judges hands. Depends what’s to the liking of the judges on the night!
- Malta is hosting Junior Eurovision only a week before the national final. Are you planning to attend this event?
I believe it’s already sold out! But I’ll be at home watching and obviously having a party and supporting our Federica Falzon.
- What does Eurovision mean to you?
Since I was a child I was always the first to sit in front of the TV to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. I really believe that this is one of the biggest Contests that bring the countries together through music. I also believe it’s a great showcase for singers. It has brought joy and tears to me, but with each experience I grow so much richer!
- Are you a Eurovision fan, and have you got an all time favourite Eurovision song?
Yes I consider myself a Eurovision fan and hmm that’s a tough one, only one favourite song?? Let me name at least 4. “Wild dances” – Ruslana, “My number one” – Helena Paparizou, “Everyway that I can” – Sertab Erener and “Euphoria” – Loreen. But there are so many more…
- Do you have a message for all the readers of escbubble?
I hope you support Maltese talent as this helps us evolve and work harder every time to prepare better projects. I always try to give my utmost to have a great project and I really believe in my song Fandango. I hope you do so too!
- Thank you so much for taking your time out for this interview, and we wish you the best of luck in the Maltese national selection!
Thank you 😉
Give a listen to the snippet of Jessika’s entry in Malta Eurovision Song Contest, “Fandango”: