Cherton Caruana: “I will be a fighter in Kiev to make Malta proud”

Cherton Caruana is a newcomer in the Maltese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. She is going to try and win the Maltese ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev with the song titled “Fighting To Survive”.

We had a small chat with Cherton Caruana, where we asked her about “Fighting To Survive” and the team behind it, the rule-change in the national final, as well as some more personal questions in order to get to know her a little better. Read everything she told us in this interview right here:

Hello Cherton! Congratulations for making it to the MESC Final! For the start of the interview, can you tell us more about the story behind your song, and the team who worked on it?

The idea behind “Fighting To Survive” was to create a song that was all about standing up for yourself and fighting for what you believe in. The song wasn’t written specifically for the MESC and I think that is important, because I wanted the song to hold up outside of the competition and sound like a current song you would hear in the charts. That said, once my team and I decided we were going to submit this song for MESC, a lot of work went into making sure that it would stand out in the competition. So, while it wasn’t originally written for the MESC, the version of the song that exists today was strongly shaped by MESC. The song was written by two talented songwriters Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek who already represented Malta in Eurovision in 2013 with the song “Tomorrow” sung by Gianluca Bezzina.

Can you tell us more about the way you are getting ready for the night of the final?

Well, I’m currently working hard on my vocal technique and choreography to ensure I’ll deliver the best performance I can on the 18th February 🙂

What do you usually do when you are not singing?

I’m usually at work as I work long hours, and then in the evening most of the time I am at home relaxing with some friends or family.

Cherton Caruana 2What do you think of the rule change in this year’s MESC, that only the public will pick the winner?

I agree with the rule change. MESC is all about finding a winning song to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, so it is important that the public chooses the best song they want to represent them.

Why should you be the one to represent Malta in Kiev this year?

I believe I have the right song for the moment, something that people from all over can relate to and connect to in some special, personal way. I am a very hard worker and never go down without a fight, therefore I will surely be a fighter in Kiev to make Malta proud 🙂

Who do you think is your biggest competition to win this year?

I don’t see anyone in particular as my competition, we are all in it to win it, so may the best song win.

Are you currently involved in any other projects, apart from MESC?

I am currently the resident singer on the popular panel show “Xarabank”. I have also been offered other projects which are yet to be discussed after the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. My only focus for now is the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

We also have a couple of questions for you just to get to know you a little bit better. What would be your favorite book?

I’m not really a reader but the last book I read was about two years ago, “Fifty Shades Of Grey”.

Favorite movie?

Me Before You.

Your own signature dish?

I’m a very good chef so I have more then one signature dish, but I would say the most popular one is Spaghetti Vongole 🙂

In a movie about your life, who would be playing you?

Jennifer Love Hewitt, as everyone says we look alike 🙂

What would you bring to a desert island?

Food, no doubt 🙂

Your ideal duet-partner would be?

Beyoncé, or Rihanna.

The last song you listened to was…?

“Fighting To Survive”, as I was just rehearsing it five minutes ago 🙂

Thank you very much for your time Cherton, and we wish you the very best of luck at the MESC Final!

If Cherton Caruana is your personal favorite in the Maltese selection this year, you can vote for her song in our poll here:


Give a listen to Cherton Caruana’s entry “Fighting To Survive” right here:

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