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Ela Mangion will represent Malta at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus.

Malta is the latest country to select their entrant for the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Sixteen acts took to the stage this afternoon hoping to impress the public, and in the end it was Ela Mangion with her song “Marchin’ On” that took the victory.

Participating tonight was:

  • Giorgia Borg – 10 – 3rd
  • Thea Aquilina – Back to My Freedom
  • Isaac Spiteri – Bonfire Nights
  • Yarin Coleiro – Can You Be the One
  • Kylie Meilak – Crystals
  • Lora Grech – Finish Line
  • Jahel Cardona – Home
  • Riona Degiorgio – Infinity
  • Ela Mangion – Marchin’ On – 1st
  • Eliana Gomez Blanco – Music Takes Control
  • Kristy Spiteri – Nann
  • Luana Schembri – No Rest for the Wicked
  • Albert-Lauren Agius – Paper Boats
  • Zaira Mifsud – Shout Now
  • Katryna Borg and Rihana Azzopardi – The Puppet and the Clown – 2nd
  • Aiden Aquilina Cohen – Wherever You Go

Thea Aqulina, Kylie Meliak, Jahel Cardona and Riona Degiorgio all participated in the Maltese national final last year. This year is the first time since 2010 that Malta has held a selection process for Junior Eurovision with original songs.

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.

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