Join us as Matilde G reveals what she does before taking the stage.

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In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop artist, Matilde G, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.

I'm Matilde G and I am an Italian singer and songwriter living in Singapore. These two cultures are famous for their rituals and superstitions, so here I am to tell you about my weird habits before my shows. Some of them have scientific foundations, but others are really unmotivated and crazy.  For example, I always keep my lucky stuffed sloth with me backstage. I'm obsessed with them, they are the cutest creatures on this planet because their facial structure gives the appearance that they are constantly smiling and when you are on stage you have to smile like a sloth even if that day you have a terrible headache or you broke up with your boyfriend.

I always have with me a Feng Shui amulet to bring success energy. It's a white horse with 3 coloured balloons to help me overcome obstacles and to be able to pursue my goals. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice, very common in Singapore too, that uses energy forces to harmonize people and the places where they live. I also bring with me a charm with a red horn which is an Italian talisman to protect me against Evil.

On the other hand, I have reasonable habits I learned on my way. For example, I don't eat before performing. I want to feel my stomach empty to be able to use my diaphragm at its best and avoid unpleasant inconveniences such as hiccups or burps. I try to have my meal four hours before the show or after it. I also avoid food that can create excess of acidity or mucus, such as fries, cheese, sauces, species.

Before the shows, I drink plain water to keep my body and vocal cords hydrated. Performing on open stages during the summer, under the hit of the lights, can be challenging and I need to be prepared. But it's important to go to the toilet before the show starts!

I'm fashion addicted and I choose my outfit personally. But I need to wear it before the show and try to move and shake my body in it to be sure I will feel comfortable on stage. I always wear bright colors and almost never black, unless the stage is a different color or has colorful background images in order to not disappear with the background. I ALWAYS do my own makeup, first of all because it's my way of relaxing before a show and secondly because I'm a germaphobe and don't like other people touching my face unless strictly necessary.  I love using sparkling and shining colours that can be seen from afar. I can't go on stage without glitters, I would feel naked.

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