Less then 2 weeks to go for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The preparations are in full swing and soon the participants will start rehearsing at the MFCC. Today, Franklin Calleja has spoken to us about her entry Follow me.
First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you ? Can you introduce yourselves ? What can you tell us about yourself?
Hiya everyone! 🙂
I’m Franklin Calleja, a Eurovision fan. 24 year old who loves music and fashion. My career started 5 years ago when I won a TV singing competition. Never looked back and thanks god opportunities continued to arise. Now this is my 5th time competing in the Malta Eurovision selection. Had various important achievements, some of which were national important shows and concerts with thousands of viewership.
Your song that you will be presenting for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is “Follow me”. What can you tell us about the song?
‘Follow Me’ is a heartfelt ballad with a message to all those who are going through a rough path. By following me and listen to the song’s message, they will surly gain courage.
There’s a big team behind the song. Apart from my tutors, the authors of Follow Me are Ivan Grech, a well known composer, author and singer in Malta,together with Muxu who won twice the Junior Eurovision 2013, 2015 and the song’s composer Cyprian Cassar.
What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision?
Our inspiration was to help those who are going through a rough path. we wanted to give them the courage with our song. It was written specifically for myself.
What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?
I’m a big fan of Eurovision in fact since young, I never missed one. Few past favorite entries were ‘Rise like a Phoenix’, ‘Fairytale’ by Alexander Rybak which I had the pleasure to work with, and ‘Euphoria’
Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest , where would you dream to do a performance?
As like every singer, I envision myslef in the UK and USA charts.. who knows?! maybe one day 🙂
Do you think performing at the Eurovision Song Contest will have a positive impact on your career?
Without any doubts. People all around Europe and Australia will be watching it so it’s a big stepping stone for the singer.
Whats the one thing that might surprise people about you?
Is it my voice? 🙂 at least that’s what people tells me hehe.
Where do we find you on a Sunday Afternoon?
I’m a resident singer on a popular Maltese TV Show, ‘Hadd Ghalik’, aired every Sunday on the Maltese national Television. so on a Sunday afternoon, i’ll be at the studio 🙂
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
To keep strong, and to keep my feet on the ground.
If your life was a song title, what would it be?
‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ by Kelly Clarkson.
What is a typical day like for you?
Well, usually during the week I’m always at work. when I arrive home I’ll be looking forward to some free time, while having a nice cup of hot tea to relax after a long day.
You can listen to Franklin’s latest version of the entry “Follow me” on this link below :-