Published 30 Mar 06:37
Viewers of the Malta Eurovision preselection decided through televoting that the country will be represented in Ukraine by Claudia Faniello, a widely-famous Maltese singer. The artist has been singing since a very young age and has won numerous important awards at prestigious competitions and festivals. During the second-final in Kyiv, on 11 May, Claudia will perform “Breathlessly”.
Born on 25 February 1988 in Qawra, Claudia Faniello is one of the most beloved pop singers in the island country of Malta. A prodigious child, the artist started singing in festivals and appearing on TV shows when she was only 12 years old. It could be said that musical talent runs in the Faniello family, as Claudia’s older brother, Fabrizio, represented Malta at Eurovision 2001 and 2006. She also has a sister called Miriana.
Claudia Faniello’s first important accomplishment came in 2001, when she won the “Talentissimi Juniors”, a talent show for young singers held at the Phoenicia Hotel in Malta. Next year, the artist sang alongside the Maltese National Orchestra, in a charitable concert. On a few occasions, she teamed up with her older brother, Fabrizion, Malta’s representative at Eurovision 2001 and 2006.
In 2005, Claudia appeared on the large-audience TV programme Hotspot, where she placed fourth. Next year, she released two singles, "Ma Nafx", and "High Alert!". The latter was submitted as an entry for the Malta Song For Europe Festival, the Eurovision preselection show. Although at that time she didn’t manage to become Malta’s representative, she was distinguished with the award for best newcomer. From 2006 until 2013, she participated in all Malta Eurosong national selections. In 2010, Claudia Faniello released her first album, “Convincingly Better”.
The Claudia Faniello Eurovision live act can be admired on 11 May, during the second Kyiv semi-final. Her entry, “Breathlessly”, is a very touching and emotional single that attempts to capture the beauty in our world. The song has a special significance for the artist, who showcases her one-of-a-kind voice. As this is expected to be one of the most powerful performances in the competition, it has a great chance of advancing Malta to the final.
On 11 May, make sure to witness Claudia Faniello’s impressive performance during the second Eurovision 2017 Kyiv semi-final! The Maltese singer’s delightful entry, “Breathlessly”, is something that must not be missed! To learn more about Claudia and the rest of the Eurovision 2017 contestants, check our other articles.