Claudia Faniello has at last won Malta’s national final and heads off to Kyiv with the song “Breathlessly.”
Faniello has been a fixture at Malta’s national finals since 2006. She finished second twice, in 2008 with “Caravaggio” and in 2012 with “Pure.” She took a break from participation after the 2013 competition, returning triumphantly this year. She is the second member of her family to represent Malta at Eurovision; her brother Fabrizio Faniello participated in the 2001 and 2006 Song Contests.
“Breathlessly” was co-written by Malta songwriters and Eurovision Song Contest veterans Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella, along with Vella’s son Sean, who has scored trailers for 20th Century Fox. This is Vella’s first song at Eurovision since 2008’s “Vodka.” Borg collaborated with Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard, and Ralph Charlie on Russia’s 2014 entry “Shine.”
So we’re happy for Faniello to finally get her chance to represent Malta. But we think that “Breathlessly” is stale and old-fashioned. To top off our annoyance with it, “Breathlessly” just sort of… stops. It’s a bit jarring, and even the crowd at the Malta national final seemed surprised it was over. So if Malta does any tweaking before May, we’d like them to think about coming up with a proper ending to the song. Couldn’t hurt.