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Malta has selected their act for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Claudia Faniello will fly to Kyiv this coming May and will represent the Mediterranean island with the song  „Breathlessly”.

The Maltese national final for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, MESC, took place at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Ta’Qali. Hosted by Daniel Azzopardi and Charlene Mercieca, the show saw a total of 16 acts performing in MESC 2017 for the right to represent their nation at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv this coming May.

The winner of the Maltese national final was chosen solely through televoting,and achieved the maximum possible. Faniello, 28, beat 15 other performers to take home the title of this year's Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner. The song was composed by Philip Vella and Sean Vella and written by Gerard James Borg. Claudia obtained 4,996 points, and was followed in second place by Janice Mangion on 4,544 points with her song „Kewkba”, while Kevin Borg finished in third place with his song „Follow” on 2,502.

Claudia likely benefitted from closing the show. In a draw held in Valletta earlier this year, the opening act and the final act were drawn at random, while producers filled in the remaining spots to their heart’s content. After all these years of trying, it seems luck was finally on Claudia’s side.

There’s a timeless quality to “Breathlessly”. A ballad that straddles many decades whilst committing to the merits of mellow rock. Claudia Faniello’s voice is expressing confidence, and her delivery of the lyrics is hauntingly captivating.

She feels than “Breathlessly” captures so many special emotions in just one song. She said that, “If it manages to touch people the way it has touched me, then I will be happy. After all, the most beautiful things in this world need to be felt with the heart. "I had a break after four years because I wanted to focus on my career and because I wanted to be back with the right song... and I really believed in „Breathlessly," she told a news conference after the win. The winning singer's brother Fabrizio had also represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001.

Claudia’s career is one big rollercoaster of so many beautiful and different emotions. It kicked off with Malta Song for Europe back in 2006, and throughout opened so many doors for her which led to some really exciting opportunities. She grabbed every opportunity that came along – both personal and professional ones.

In between she has been blessed to experience several musical journeys which have given her the opportunity to work with so many talented people and she also wrote her own music which includes several singles and one album later. Claudia looks back with satisfaction at all the colour music has painted her life with.

Claudia has big shoes to fill after Ira took the island back to the grand final in Stockholm last year. She placed third in the semi-final, and 12th in the grand final, giving the island its best result since 2013 when Gianluca made the top 10.

Malta is drawn in the first half of the second semi-final this year on 11 May and will need to win one of ten qualifying spots to make the grand final on May 13.

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