Jasmine Abela is entering the Maltese Eurovision selection for the very first time with the song “Alive”, which carries a very strong message. The song is written by an international team – Paul Abela, Michael James Down, Marie Pettersson, and Filip Lindfors.
We wanted to get to know Jasmine Abela a little bit better, so we asked her about her song and the message behind it, her team, and more. Check out everything she told us in this interview right here:
First of all I would like to congratulate you for making it to the top 20! How do you feel about being in the semi finals of Malta’s selection?
This is my first time participating in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. I must say that I am over the Moon! At the age of 16 and submitting only one song and being able to make it to the semi finals of Malta’s selection is just amazing!
How did you decide to enter this Contest this year?
It has always been my dream to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, and now, since I am 16, I could participate and I thought that it is the right time for me to do so. As the song started to fall in its place I instantly felt that it would be a good song for Eurovision.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your song, and the team who worked on it?
The song is about Shanta Liora’s journey, formerly known as Marie Picasso (the winner of Swedish “Idol” in 2007). Shanta Lior had a long battle against a brain tumour and subsequent complications and what we both wish is that people draw strength from the song. The song is about giving hope and courage to every single person who might have been through such a tough journey and to who is currently facing a tough journey. I will be singing my heart out for every single person in need of strength, courage and hope! The composers of my song are Paul Abela, Michael James Down, Shanta Liora and Filip Lindfors, while the lyrics were written by Michael James Down, Shanta Liora and Filip Lindfors.
How are you getting ready for the national final? Did your ideas for the stage performance all come together, and how is everything going to look like?
Everything is coming together bit by bit… As regards to how everything is going to look like, i’m going to leave that as a surprise!
Who do you think is your biggest competition to win the Maltese national final?
What would representing Malta in Eurovision mean to you?
It would mean a lot of things, hard work, discipline and being my true self as usual to make sure that Malta is represented in the best way possible! It would mean the world to me!
What would be your all time favorite Eurovision song?
National: Warrior – Amber Bondin, International: Euphoria.
What sort of music do you listen to in your free time, when all you want is to relax?
R’n’B, jazz and soul music.
What do you do when you are not singing?
Planning a weekly timetable.
Are you engaged in any other projects at the moment?
At the moment it’s all about Eurovision and School since I’m still studying at school.
Do you have a message for all the readers of ESCBubble who will support you in Malta’s national final?
I genuinely hope that you draw strength from my song and that you keep growing in the best ways that you can, without giving up, no matter what the situation is! I also hope that you connect to my performance and feel courage and strength, a feeling that no one can take away from you!
We also wanted to learn a little bit more about Jasmine Abela, so we asked her for her favorite:
Book: I don’t have a particularly favorite books, but I fancy science related books.
Movie: High School Musical
Dish: King Prawns
Song of all time: “If I were a boy” by Beyonce!
If Jasmine Abela is your personal favorite in Malta Eurovision Song Contest, make sure you cast your vote for her in our poll here (click!). Give a listen to Jasmine’s entry in Malta Eurovision Song Contest titled “Alive”, right here: