Claudia Faniello has won the Maltese national selection with the song Breathlessly and will represent Malta in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. 60 songs were shortlisted from the submissions before the final 16 entries were chosen. Claudia Faniello becomes the 30th act to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The final was presented by Daniel Azzopardi and Charlene Mercieca from the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Ta'Quali.
About the show
The show opened with all this year's contestants performing a medley of some of the most popular Maltese Eurovision entries, and in the audience were many of the artists who had performed those original songs.
The 16 competing songs and artists in order of presentation were;
- Klinsmann - Laserlight
- Raquela - Ray Of Light
- Deborah C & Josef Tabone - Tonight
- Kevin Borg - Follow
- Jade - Seconds Away
- Crosswalk - So Simple
- Franklin Calleja - Follow Me
- Rhiannon Micallef - Fearless
- Miriana Conte - Don't Look Down
- Shauna - Crazy Games
- Janice Mangion - Kewkba
- Cherton - Fighting To Survive
- Maxine - Bombshell
- Richard Edwards - You
- Brooke - Unstoppable
- Claudia Faniello - Breathlessly
The winner of the Maltese national final, Claudia Faniello, was chosen solely through televoting,and achieved the maximum possible, Janice Mangion was the runner up, with Kevin Borg in third place.
Whilst the televoting was taking place, the Maltese group the Travellers entertained the audience, and while the votes were being counted Christina Magrin who represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 performed on stage, and was followed by Ira Losco who was Malta's representative last year in Stockholm with Walk On Water.
About the winner:
Claudia’s career is one big rollercoaster of so many beautiful and different emotions. It kicked off with Malta Song for Europe back in 2006, and throughout opened so many doors for her which led to some really exciting opportunities. She grabbed every opportunity that came along – both personal and professional ones.
In between she has been blessed to experience several musical journeys which have given her the opportunity to work with so many talented people and she also wrote her own music which includes several singles and one album later. Claudia looks back with satisfaction at all the colour music has painted her life with.
Passion, music, and that very same emotion brought her back to the Malta Eurovision song contest stage this year with a song that is very special to her. Breathlessly literally took her breath away from the very first day she listened to it… and it lit the fire inside her with an urge to make a comeback to the contest after her runner up entry – Pure.
She feel Breathlessly captures so many special emotions in just one song. She said that, “If it manages to touch people the way it has touched me, then I will be happy. After all, the most beautiful things in this world need to be felt with the heart.”
The winning song Breathlessly is composed by Philip Vella, Sean Vella and Gerard James Borg
Malta first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and has competed every year since 1991. The country has finished in the top three on four occasions but has yet to win the competition. In November last year Malta hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following the country's second victory in the competition in 2015. Last year Ira Losco, who finished second for Malta in 2002, returned to the contest and finished 12th in the Grand Final with 153 points.