After using the X Factor Malta for the past few years as their Eurovision selection method, in 2022 Malta is going back to their longstanding national final show Malta Eurovision Song Contest or MESC for short. With that comes 22 hopefuls who will all be competing for the ticket to Turin! Over the next two weeks join us for our series of interviews with the artists in the lead up to the show.
Next up its Jessika, who is taking part with her song “Kaleidoscope”!
David: Welcome back to MESC! You have been a fan favourite for the years that you’ve entered before, so what made you decide to return to the competition this year? Are you excited to return?
Jessika: It has been always a dream of mine to represent my own country at the Eurovision, therefore I am back because I believe it is a great opportunity for us artists to showcase our new material as this is a huge event in Malta and because I believe in my song. Of course, I am truly grateful and honoured to have been selected with the semi-finalists so far and cannot wait to be on that stage as I missed it! Covid-19, unfortunately took away a lot from us artists, lots of lost opportunities. The passion to perform remains the same, I dare say it got even stronger, as I believe I have got a lot more to give!
David: This year you’ll be performing “Kaleidoscope” at the contest. Tell us more about the song, working with the team behind it and why you chose this to be your entry?
Jessika: Kaleidoscope is a catchy pop tune written by Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella. We have been working together for so many years now and when I heard Kaleidoscope for the first time, I was like “wow I love it”. Through the years we have achieved this type of chemistry and understanding that in my opinion we manage to create something sounding beautifully. I chose to sing this song because it represents me in a way, the message it conveys metaphorically is that when you look through a kaleidoscope from broken pieces you see mesmerizing and colourful patterns. Life experiences might break you however, someone might come a long to put them together in a way to create or to remind you that you can be that beautiful pattern we see in a Kaleidoscope. I just love it!!!
David: We of course have to mention that you represented San Marino at Eurovision back in 2018! Tell us more about your journey and experience with “Who We Are”. What was the best part of the experience for you?
Jessika: Yes it was one of my dreams come true, to be on that big stage and to sing in front of all those people, to see and hear them sing along my song will always stay imprinted in my heart. For me the whole experience, from the selection process onwards was a great experience. It was truly unexpected to win considering there were loads of artists from all around the world and they were all fantastic and talented individuals. I will always be grateful to San Marino for giving me the opportunity as I managed to get the experience, meet lots of great artists and euro fans around all Europe (I cherish all the memories of them fondly) and to be better experienced and prepared for my musical career and also why not, better prepared to represent my own country.
David: How have you grown as a musical artist throughout your career and since your previous MESC appearances? Have there been any new inspirations or influences for your music?
Jessika: Of course, as an artist one has to acknowledge that we are always changing, experiencing, learning and growing. I believe that when you experience lots of events, mostly abroad it helps you widen your outlook in the music industry. Meeting and getting to know artists, authors, composers and producers out there helps you grow the most. In fact, through several gigs abroad and working with producers around the world taught me a lot about myself as an artist. In fact, I believe I perfected my sound as a singer making it sound more unique and special. As a songwriter, myself I listen to lots of new and upcoming artists to keep up with what’s working on the radio and I still cherish some great artists who are songwriters themselves, just to name a few the following are my inspirations: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Sia, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran etc.
David: Eurovision is huge in Malta! If you were to return to the contest and represent Malta in Turin, what would that mean to you?
Jessika: That would mean the world to me. For those who have been seeing me grow throughout my experience in previous MESC selections, know how much and truly I want to represent my own country at the Eurovision, therefore it would be fantastic. They also know that I am a true advocate of never giving up!
David: We like to throw a random question in the mix… if you were able to have any three course meal of your choice, what would you choose?
Jessika: Hehe that’s a very good question as I love to eat a lot! I would go for seafood I think, oysters to begin with, some seafood chowder and spaghetti marinara or a fresh fish of the day!! And as a dessert a chocolate coulant…. Aaah heaven on earth!!
David: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the contest! Did you have any message for your fans?
Jessika: Thank you, first of all for taking time to prepare questions for us and for keeping the readers up to date on the journey of the MESC. My message to all the fans out there is to enjoy the music and support the Maltese talent not just during MESC but throughout the whole year round. I wholeheartedly, thank you loads for appreciating all the effort we put in all this and last but not least, I wish you all a Kaleidoscope of love, health, passion and joy in your life. Big virtual hugs and kisses your way.
The semi final for Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be taking place on Thursday 17th February 2022 with the top sixteen performances qualifying for the grand final, which will be taking place on Saturday 19th February 2022.
You can vote for your favourites in our poll here!