Eleanor Cassar is a true veteran of Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as this is going to be her 9th participation. The closest she came to winning the festival was back in 2009 when she finished second with “Someday”, only three points behind the winner – Chiara. Now she is back in the contest with “Back To Life”, written by Jonas Gladnikoff and Michael James Down.
We had a pleasure to chat with Eleanor Cassar, get to know her better, and find out more information about her song “Back To Life”. Check out everything she told us in this interview:
Hello Eleanor! First of all thank you for your time for doing this interview, and congratulations for making it to the Finals of MESC once again! How did you feel when you found out that you are one of the finalists?
I made a comeback after 5 years so you can imagine how excited I am to be back. I’m very much looking forward to performing on that stage once again, which is something I really missed.
How did you decide to enter the song this year?
As I told you I really missed the atmosphere of MESC, and I felt that I was ready to do this comeback. I wanted to do something different, for the first time I am working with foreign composers, that I’m really happy with the result.
Can you tell us more about the story of the song, what it’s about, and the team who worked on it?
It’s a different song to the ones I usually sing. It’s as song that was written specifically for me. The story is about a person who is in a relationship and is suffering from emotional abuse. Finally she finds the strength to let go and start a new chapter in her life. Unfortunately many people are suffering silently from this situation and we need to do more awareness regarding this.
How are you getting ready for the night of the final?
I’m working very hard and preparing myself vocally. I have my team behind me that we are working together hand in hand.
How do you plan your stage performance to look like? Are you planning to have any props, backing vocalists, or anyone joining you on stage?
We are still discussing regarding the stage. For sure I will not have any props. Just myself.
What do you usually do when you are not singing?
Last year I had the most beautiful experience in my life, I became a mother, so I’m too busy taking care of my daughter and doing the role of a mother. And I need to do the role of a housewife as well. I like to go out for dinners in good restaurants as I love food so much.
Why should you be the one to represent Malta in Lisbon?
I participated already 9 times at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. I also represented Malta in other international Festivals abroad. There I managed to achieve great results. I am well prepared to represent Malta as I gained a lot of experience throughout my career.
Are you currently involved in any other projects?
Not really, as at the moment I am focusing on the Festival.
We also have a couple of questions for you just to get to know you a little bit better. What would be your favourite book?
Unfortunately I don’t have much time to read, but I really love to read romantic/tragic novels.
“Brave heart” and “Ratatouille”.
Your own signature dish?
I like cooking so much especially finger foods, as a dish may be lasagne.
What would you bring to a desert island?
Water, as much I can handle.
Favourite taste of ice-cream?
Pistachio & Cookies.
Your ideal duet-partner would be?
Locally definitely with Glen Vella, and internationally – Bruno Mars.
Favourite Eurovision winning song?
“Molitva” by Marija Serifovic, and “Euphoria” by Loreen.
The song you heard and wished it was yours instead?
“Euphoria” by Loreen, “Undo” by Sanna Nielsen, and “Sound Of Silence” by Dami Im.
Thank you very much for your time Eleanor, and we wish you the very best of luck at the MESC Final!
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