The 16 selected acts fought it out on stage tonight. Now we can reveal the winner of the Maltese competition and, therefore, going through to the Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv is Claudia Faniello with her song, "Breathlessly".
A special interval treat was a performance from Ira Losco with her entry from 2016, "Walk on Water" and Christina Magrin from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
I'll be watching you breathlessly
Knowing there's a vacancy
Within your heart
Lyrics of "Breathlessly"
The song is written by Philip Vella, Sean Vella, Gerard James Borg.
MESC 2017 results
- Claudia Faniello – "Breathlessly"
- Janice Mangion – "Kewkba (Star)"
- Kevin Borg – "Follow"
- Klinsmann Coleiro – "Laserlight"
- Raquela Dalli Gonzi – "Ray of Light"
- Deborah C & Josef – "Tonight"
- Jade Vella – "Seconds Away"
- Crosswalk – "So Simple"
- Franklin Calleja – "Follow Me"
- Rhiannon – "Fearless"
- Miriana Conte – "Don't Look Down"
- Shauna Vassallo – "Crazy Games"
- Cherton Caruana – "Fighting to Survive"
- Maxine Pace – "Bombshell"
- Richard Edwards – "You"
- Brooke Borg – "Unstoppable"
MESC 2017 was hosted by Daniel Azzopardi and Charlene Mercieca. A total of 156 entries were submitted to the broadcaster, and was later shortlisted to 60 by PBS. The 16 acts for tonight's show had been selected by a jury consisting of 11 experts. The winner of MESC 2017 was determined by 100% public televoting.
Claudio is 28 and has released songs in her native Malta, such as "When it's time" (2013) and "I hate this song" (2010).
In 2006 she participated in Malta Song for Europe, which opened many doors for her, and led to some exciting opportunities, that she grabbed to persuade her career as a professional singer.
Passion, music, and that very same emotion brought her back to the Malta Eurovision song contest stage this year with a song that is very special to her. "Breathlessly" literally took her breath away from the very first day she listened to it, and it lit the fire inside her with an urge to make a comeback to the contest.
Malta debuted in Eurovision back in 1971 and has been in the contest 29 times since - without a victory. Best result is two runner-up's in 2002 (Ira Losco - "7th Wonder") and 2005 (Chiara - "Angel"). The worst results are the first two years, 1971 and 1972, where they finished last. Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Malta qualified for the Grand Final 8 out of 13 times.
|About the author: Cheryl Roberts (United Kingdom)|
|Cheryl is our correspondent in York in the United Kingdom. She has been a huge fan of Eurovision since she was eleven. When not singing A Ba Ni Bi by Izhar Cohen and the Alpha Beta (her favourite ESC winner) she works as a languages teacher in East Yorkshire. She is also a Mum of twins who are as equally excited about Eurovision as she is!|