The Maltese representative for Eurovision 2017 was selected via a national final taking place in Valletta on February 18th and Claudia Faniello won it with the song “Breathlessly” after so many attempts to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Today the Maltese national broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) has unveiled the full results of the national final. The winner was determined by %100 televoting and Claudia Faniello came first with 4996 points.
You can check the full results out below:
- Claudia Faniello – Breathlessly – 4996 votes
- Janice Mangion – Kewkba – 4544 votes
- Kevin Borg – Follow – 2502 votes
- Brooke Borg – Unstoppable – 2000 votes
- Franklin Calleja – Follow me – 1303 votes
- Maxine Pace – Bombshell – 627 votes
- Deborah C. & Josef – Tonight – 572 votes
- Raquela Dalli Gonzi – Ray of light – 551 votes
- Cherton Caruana – Fighting to survive – 340 votes
- Klinsmann Coleiro – Laserlight – 332 votes
- Rhiannon – Fearless – 288 votes
- Crosswalk – So Simple – 245 votes
- Richard Edwards – You – 186 votes
- Jade Vella – Seconds Away – 166 votes
- Shauna Vassallo – Crazy Games – 159 votes
- Miriana Conte – Don’t look down – 156 votes
Claudia Faniello is a singer well-known by the Eurovision community. She’s already participated eight times in the Maltese national final until now. This year was her 9th attempt. She will perform her song “Breathlessly” in the second semi final taking place on May 11th.
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place in Kiev, Ukraine with the semi-finals taking place on 9th and 11th May and the final on May 13th.
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Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija I-Maltija”, the song finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top.10 and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, that went on to finish 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, she was 12 points away from victory.