[WATCH] Maltese out in droves to welcome singing doctor

Hundreds turn up at the Malta International Airport to give Gianluca Bezzina a hero’s welcome.

Gianluca Bezzina arrives at MIA (Photo: Chris Mangion/MediaToday)
Gianluca Bezzina arrives at MIA (Photo: Chris Mangion/MediaToday)

Hundreds of Maltese this afternoon drove to the Malta International Airport to welcome home singing doctor Gianluca Bezzina after yesterday's success at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmo, Sweden.

Flanked by PBS CEO Anton Attard, Bezzina carved his way through the arrivals lounge surrounded by security and police officers.

To while away the time as they waited for Gianluca's return, the halls of the MIA came to life with adults and children alike singing to the lyrics of Tomorrow.

His proud grandmother held tight to a banner reading 'Well done Gianluca and Tomorrow's team'. Due to an unexpected turn of events, Gianluca ended spending more time with ecstatic fans as the car he was supposed to travel home in had been locked and the chauffeur - his grandmother - was nowhere to be seen as she got lost in the crowd.

The guy may have given an acceptable performance like the other contestants but he placed 7th. So what's all this fuss about? Isn't this the mentality of a people living in a micro-village community? All the money invested for the glory of one singer is money down the drain and could be profitably used to promote real culture in Malta. What's the PBS CEO doing there looking like a bodyguard trying to make the singer pass through? What a circus!