Minsk 2018

Ela Mangion to represent Malta in Junior Eurovision 2018!

Yesterday (8th September), Ela Mangion won the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which means she will represent the island nation at this year’s Junior Eurovision in Minsk. She will be performing the song, “Marchin’ On”, which she co-wrote along with Cyprian Cassar and Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Ela Mangion was selected from 16 young hopefuls

16 original songs took part in the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which was Malta’s first Junior Eurovision national final since 2010 to have original songs competing for the title.

During the national final, only the top three songs were announced, with Katryna Borg & Rihana Azzopardi finishing runners-up with “The Puppet & The Clown” and Giorgia Borg finishing in third place with her song, “10”. The placings of the other 13 songs were not announced. 

Below, are the 16 songs that took part in the national final:

  • Giorgia Borg – “10” (3rd place)
  • Thea Aquilina – “Back to My Freedom”
  • Isaac Spiteri – “Bonfire Nights”
  • Yarin Coleiro – “Can You Be the One”
  • Kylie Meilak – “Crystals”
  • Lora Grech – “Finish Line”
  • Jahel Cardona – “Home”
  • Riona Degiorgio – “Infinity”
  • Ela Mangion – “Marchin’ On” (1st place)
  • Eliana Gomez Blanco – “Music Takes Control”
  • Kristy Spiteri – “Nann”
  • Luana Schembri – “No Rest for the Wicked”
  • Albert-Lauren Aguis – “Paper Boats”
  • Zaira Mifsud – “Shout Now”
  • Katryna Borg & Rihana Azzopardi – “The Puppet and the Clown” (2nd place)
  • Aiden Aquilina Cohen – “Wherever You Go”

Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Malta debuted in the very first Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2003 with Sarah Harrison. They has so far participated 13 times, only missing out in 2011 and 2012. Since returning to the contest in 2013 it has enjoyed consistently good results, never missing out on a top 10. It won the contest twice, in 2013 with Gaia Cauchi and 2015 with Destiny Chukunyere. In 2017 Gianluca Cilia represented Malta with his charismatic entry “Dawra tond”, finishing 9th with 107 points. You can read more about Malta’s Junior Eurovision journey in our feature here

You can hear Ela’s entry, “Marchin’ On”, below:

Do you like “Marchin’ On”? Was it a deserved winner of Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest?

Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.

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