Paulette Gafa’, better known as Pawla ta’ Liquorish, has amassed a large fanbase over the last few years as the epitome of Maltese fun and hilarity. However, it seems like some of the TV presenter’s biggest fans don’t even live in Malta.
Pawla has been invited to fly all the way to Australia for a meet and greet… and the organisers sponsored the entire trip.
“At first, I absolutely couldn’t believe it,” Pawla told Lovin Malta. “I couldn’t understand how so many people outside of Malta liked me. When I got the call I thought someone might’ve been prank-calling me.” A few days later, though, Pawla received a photo showing a plane ticket with her name on it. “I was so excited and trembling. I called my mother, half-crying, half-shouting!”
Pawla will be attending the Maltese Youth Melborune’s Family Social Night on the 6th of October, which boasts the Liqourish winner and TV presenter as their “special guest celebrity direct from Malta.”
The Maltese personality’s Australian fans apparently found out about Pawla through Liquorish along with most of Malta, and then followed her rise in popularity thanks to programmes like Espresso. On that show, Pawla had previously talked about the two families of cousins she has living in Australia, and co-presenter Wayne had even given some of Pawla’s Australian fans a shout-out a couple of years ago.
“It’s an absolute honour for me to be even asked to do this, and to be honest I’m still a bit embarrassed for not believing them at first,” Pawla said. “Actually, I still can’t fully believe this is happening!”
In case you needed a reason to remember why so many people fell in love with Pawla all the way back in 2015, here’s a highlight reel from the year she won Liquorish… along with the hearts of thousands.