Claudia Faniello will be singing her song Breathlessly in Kiev. She won the national final in Malta tonight.
PBS, the national broadcaster in Malta, held their annual search this year at the MFCC Ta’Qali (Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre). In the final, this year, there was only 100% public voting. So the choice was solely down to the Maltese public. This decision was taken when the new head of PBS, John Bundy, who took up his position last August. Claudia Faniello, sister of Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta already twice in Eurovision, ended up winning the televote.
Claudia Faniello – Breathlessly
Tonight PBS only presented trophies to the top 3 – the rest of the result stayed unknown. Kevin Borg placed 3rd with 2502 votes. Janice Mangion got 2nd with 4544 votes. Winner Claudia Faniello gained 4996 votes. Chiara, Mary Spiteri and Ira Losco handed out the trophies.
Malta takes part in the first half of the second semi final on the 11th of May.
Claudia and her participation in the Maltese national selection
As we have mentioned before, Claudia is the younger sister of the two times Maltese representative Fabrizio Faniello. She herself is also a preselection veteran. Between 2008 and 2012 she took part in every Maltese Eurovision selection, but never managed to win until tonight.
In 2008, Claudia took part in the Maltese selection with the songs Caravaggio and Sunrise, finishing second and third. In 2009, she returned to the competition with a 4th place with the song Blue Sonata. In 2010 she competed with the song Samsara, and placed eighth. In 2011 she returned again, this time with the song Movie in my mind and finished ninth. In 2012, she came runner-up with the song Pure.
Malta in Eurovision
Malta have had mixed fortunes recently in Eurovision. In 2016, Ira Losco came 12th in the Grand Final with her song ‘Walk on Water’, having come runner up in the contest in 2002 with her song ‘7th Wonder’. Since the Semi finals were introduced, Malta failed to qualify 5 times (’07, ’08, ’10, 2011 and ’15) and reached the top 10 only in 2005 and 2013.