[WATCH] Updated | Christabelle wins Malta Eurovision song contest

Christabelle will sing Taboo, a song that talks about compassion for people suffering with mental illness, at the Eurovision contest that will be held in Lisbon next May

Christabelle Borg is Malta's Eurovision representative in Lisbon
Christabelle Borg is Malta's Eurovision representative in Lisbon

Christabelle Borg was the undisputed winner at the Malta Eurovision song contest on Saturday night after getting maximum points from all jury members and the public.

Christabelle placed first, ahead of father and son duo, Richard Micallef and Joe George, who placed second with Song for Dad. Brooke with her song Heart of Gold, placed third.

Voting was split 50% either way between the jury and televoting.

Christabelle got the maximum 12 points from each of the five jury members and went on to capture the maximum points from televoting.

Her song tackles a cause that is very close to the artist’s heart. In the run-up to the contest, Christabelle said her hope was for the song to get people to talk more openly about mental illness.

The contest was presented by radio personality Colin Fitz, whose clean, no-frills delivery came in handy when a technical hitch during Deborah C’s song blacked out television screens. The singer had to repeat her song as a result of the technical breakdown.

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