Gianluca Cilia will represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi with the song “Dawra Tond” (Turn Around).
The song and the official music video were revealed this evening on the official Junior Eurovision Youtube channel and on TVM, the Maltese national broadcaster. The song is composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. It is the first Maltese Junior Eurovision entry to feature the Maltese language since 2010, when Nicole Azzopardi performed “Knock Knock Boom Boom!”. Like the aforementioned song, “Dawra Tond” also draws inspiration from traditional Maltese songs. The music video was filmed in the fortified cities of Cospicua and Birgu and was produced by a team from TVM.
Gianluca Cilia was chosen in July from ten finalists to represent Malta. He received the highest number of votes from the public with his cover of Massimo Ranieri’s “Perdere l’amore”. Despite being only 9 years old, he has already participated in a number of singing competitions across Europe. He is the first boy to represent the country since Daniel Testa came fifth in the 2008 contest with “Junior Swing”.
Malta hosted last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Christina Magrin represented the country on home ground and finished in sixth place with “Parachute”. She received 12 points from the kids juries in Albania and Italy and from the adult jury in Australia.
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Malta debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and has gone on to win the contest twice. In 2013 on their return to the competition in Kyiv, Gaia Cauchi won the competition with “The Start”, she was the first winner of a Eurovision event for Malta. In 2015 Destiny Chukunyere took victory in Sofia, Bulgaria with the song “Not My Soul”. Malta finished last at the 2005 contest in Belgium with the song “Make It Right” performed by Thea & Friends.