And the interviews just keep on coming! This time it’s the turn of Malta’s Thea Garrett (minus Birdman) to step up to the Eurovision Blog questionnaire. Got your eyes on our Josh, have you love?????
Introduce yourself to our readers and tell us how you ended up being Malta’s Eurovision representative this year!
I started singing when I was six years old but I never participated in any music festivals or contests. I took voice technique lessons for the past years which were based on musical theatre. I spent three consecutive summers studying musical theatre at Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. I was chosen to sing as a backing vocalist to the famous Spanish singer Paco Pena which took place in the West End. I participated in the Voice of Tomorrow West End contest and ended up in the final 20.
I accompanied the North West Choir from the UK as a soloist whilst performing an oratory at the Anglican Church in Valletta. I am currently a member of Enkor, a gospel classical choir, with whomI also perform as soloist.
Recently I sang with famous Italian singer, Gigi D’Alessio on the opening night of his world tour in Rome and was again invited to sing in Milan, where this time Gigi accompanied me on his piano and let me sing one of his favourite songs as a soloist.
I was 14 when I went to Jason’s studio for some studio experience. I recorded Ave Maria and he promised me that when I was old enough he would write a song for me for the Eurosong, which he did along with Sunny Aquilina.
What are you most looking forward to about taking part and what can we expect from your stage show?
Meeting all the other contestants. My stage show will be very similar as I do not find it fair to change what the viewers voted for during the final of the Malta Eurosong.
Will the ‘Birdman’ from Malta Eurosong be joining you in Oslo?
Yes, my seagull will be with me all the way.
Which is your favourite all time Eurovision song and your favourite from your home country?
Why Me by Linda Martin in 1992 is my all time favourite. And my all time Maltese favourite is Little Child by Mary Spiteri, which participated in the same year that Linda Martin won the Eurovision.
Which of the other entries this year do you like?
The Irish entry by Niamh Kavanagh.
Many Eurovision fans have said it isn’t a great year for songs, what do you think about this?
No actually I think it is a good year as there are different styles and a bit of everything.
Malta has never won Eurovision and if you don’t mind me saying so, it’s about time you did. Do you have a strategy to change your country’s fortunes and bring the contest to Malta?
I will do my best and hope for a good result.
We watched Malta Eurosong online and it seemed to me as if it’s a huge event there (certainly compared to the UK’s national final which was paltry by comparison). Just what is it about Eurovision that makes it so popular in Malta, as compared to other countries?
It is the biggest singing contest that every singer dreams of winning. The Maltese people unite to select the best possible entry to represent Malta and hopefully do well.
Eurovision always suffers from accusations of political/neighbourly voting. Do you think the new voting system with the re-introduction of juries has gone some way to changing people’s minds?
Yes, because if the judges vote professionally, they will vote for the song and not the country.
And finally……Have you heard the UK entry this year and if so what do you think of it? Any chance Malta could give us some points (if we asked nicely, since frankly we need all the help we can get, and you’ve always been very nice to us in the past……?!)
Personally the UK is my favourite country and honestly I plan to move there for good in two years time. That Sounds Good To Me is a good song but HE looks good to me! 🙂