Claudia Faniello beats 15 singers to represent Malta in Eurovision 2017

Performing the song 'Breathlessly', Claudia Faniello is this year's winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest

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Jeanelle Mifsud
19 February 2017, 12:51am
Claudia Faniello
Claudia Faniello
The public has voted singer Claudia Faniello to represent Malta in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Ukraine.

Faniello, 28, beat 15 other performers to take home the title of this year's Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner. Faniello's song, Breathlessly, garnered a total of 4,996 votes.

The song was composed by Philip Vella and Sean Vella and written by Gerard James Borg.

A popular favourite of the public, Janice Mangion, came second place with her Maltese song 'Kewkba'. Mangion obtained 4,544 votes.

Former Swedish Idol winner Kevin Borg came in third, with 2,502 votes.

Only one song per artist was shortlisted, meaning that each singer performed one song during the singing contest. The jury has been dropped in favour of 100% televoting.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Kyiv, in May.

The contestants, in the order of appearance, were:

Performer: Klinsmann Coleiro

Song: Laserlight

Klinsmann Coleiro
Klinsmann Coleiro
 

Performer: Raquela Dalli Gonzi

Song: Ray of Light

Raquela Dalli Gonzi
Raquela Dalli Gonzi
 

Performers: Deborah C and Josef Tabone

Song: Tonight

Deborah C and Josef Tabone
Deborah C and Josef Tabone
 

Performer: Kevin Borg

Song: Follow

Kevin Borg
Kevin Borg
 

Performer: Jade Vella

Song: Seconds Away

Jade Vella
Jade Vella
 

Performer: Crosswalk

Song: So Simple

Crosswalk
Crosswalk
 

Performer: Franklin Calleja

Song: Follow Me

Franklin Calleja
Franklin Calleja
 

Performer: Rhiannon Micallef

Song: Fearless

Rhiannon Micallef
Rhiannon Micallef
 

Performer: Miriana Conte

Song: Don’t Look Down

Miriana Conte
Miriana Conte
 

Performer: Shauna Vassallo

Song: Crazy Games

Shauna Vassallo
Shauna Vassallo
 

Performer: Janice Mangion

Song: Kewkba

Janice Mangion
Janice Mangion
 

Performer: Cherton Caruana

Song: Fighting to survive

Cherton Caruana
Cherton Caruana
 

Performer: Maxine Pace

Song: Bombshell

Maxine Pace
Maxine Pace
 

Performer: Richard Edwards

Song: You

Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards
 

Performer: Unstoppable

Song: Brooke Borg

Brooke Borg
Brooke Borg
 

Performer: Claudia Faniello

Song: Breathlessly

Claudia Faniello
Claudia Faniello