The official music video for Claudia Faniello’s Eurovision entry, “Breathlessly”, has been revealed this evening. She will represent Malta with the song in Kyiv in May.
The official music video for “Breathlessly” was recorded last week on location in Rome, as revealed by Claudia on her social media. You can watch the video below:
Claudia Faniello was selected to represent Malta back in February, and will be the 30th artist to represent the island. She had competed in the Maltese selection show eleven times prior to her victory, finishing as high as 2nd place in 2012 with the song “Pure”. She won the Maltese selection by a 100% televote, which was the first time that the Maltese people had had a complete say in who would represent them in the contest. In previous years the Maltese public had only had a 20% say in who represents them, with a jury made up of Maltese and international members deciding 80% of the results.
Claudia has received much praise for her national final victory from people across the island. The most notable praise she received came from Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who expressed his satisfaction at the result and congratulated Claudia’s entire team, which consists of lyricist Gerald James Borg and composers Sean and Phillip Vella.
Malta will compete in the second semi-final of this year’s Eurovision on 11th May. Claudia will hope to qualify for the grand final on Saturday 13th May following Ira Losco’s respectable result last year in Stockholm. She finished in 12th in the final with “Walk On Water”.
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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”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then 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, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002.