Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta has congratulated Claudia Faniello on winning The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song ‘Breathlessly’, and becoming Malta’s entrant for the 61nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv this coming May.
The Honourable Minister extended his congratulations to the entire team – which consisted of lyricist Gerald James Borg, and composers Sean and Phillip Vella – for their victory, and his satisfaction at Claudia being the country’s 30th representative in the contest.
The Honourable Minister Muscat’s congratulations were extended during a meeting with executives of Malta’s state-owned broadcaster, TVM. The meeting featured TVM executive John Bundy, and producers Gordon Bonello and Doreen Cortis, as well as Claudia herself, and was called so the Prime Minister himself could congratulate TVM on producing such a high quality song contest. He further expanded on his comments by stating that he was pleased with TVM’s decision to continue with the national final format in order to give people a say in who sings on their behalf in Ukraine.
During the meeting, Bundy also stated his satisfaction at the outcome of 2017 contest, and how much he was looking forward to the experiences Kyiv will bring him and his team.
This is not the first time a Maltese statesman has personally congratulated the Maltese Eurovision team. During Malta’s preparations to host the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, President Preca herself personally congratulated the students who had volunteered to help organise the contest.
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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.