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Sunday 19 August 2018

Donna sets sights on Euro glory... for Malta

CROONER Donna McCaul (26) is hoping that it will be a case of 'second time's the charm' in her Eurovision bid.

But far from joining forces with her brother again, the Herald can reveal how she's competing to be Malta's entry with a "burlesque-style performance" of a song called Topsy Turvy.

She's been chosen as a backing singer with Maltese act J Anvil as they compete in this weekend's Maltese National song contest, their answer to Eurosong.

And the end goal for the Athlone native, who's still dating fellow crooner Lauren White, is to go solo and represent Ireland at the contest next year.

"One of the guys from Malta got in touch with [composer] Niall Mooney and asked if I would be interested in doing backing singer for Anvil," she explained.

"He's very well known in Malta and they were looking for a female singer and they got in contact with me and asked me if I would be interested in doing it.

"I said 'OK, let me think about it, I'll get back to you in a few days'. So I thought about it because at the moment I'm in the process of getting back into the Eurovision for Ireland next year on my own.

"So I thought, what better way to do it than go to another country and get used to the game, get the feel for the whole stage and head back again for Ireland in 2012."

However, she'll have a challenge this weekend as they'll have to battle against 23 other acts to make the final 16, with an overall winner picked on Saturday.

She also denied that she was just the backing singer for Anvil, saying they were all interacting with him. "It's like one act, there doesn't seem to be just one singer because we've got a lot of vocals going on, lots of acting going on," she said.

mfinn@herald.ie

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