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Malta: Ela releases video for “Marchin’ On”

Malta has released the official video for Ela Mangion’s entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018! “Marchin’ On” is due to compete against 19 other entries in Minsk next month.

Back in September, we reported that Malta had selected Ela out of 16 entrants in Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. This was Maltaโ€™s first Junior Eurovision national final since 2010 to have original songs competing for the ticket. The talented 12-year-old co-wrote the song along with Cyprian Cassar and Emil Calleja Bayliss.

The entry is one of the more mature songs of the year, which is reflected by the sleek video. Seemingly shot in a one-take style, the video references pressing social issues including bullying, family breakdown and the refugee crisis. Could Malta be bringing these sentiments to Minsk? If so, how will they avoid breeching EBU rules regarding politicization?

Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Malta debuted at the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2003 with Sarah Harrison, placing 7th. They have participated 13 times so far, only missing out in 2011 and 2012. Since returning to the contest in 2013, they have enjoyed consistently good results, never missing out on a top 10 placing. They have won the contest twice, in 2013 with Gaia Cauchi and 2015 with Destiny Chukunyere. In 2017 Gianluca Cilia represented Malta with the energetic โ€œDawra tondโ€, finishing 9th with 107 points. Out of their 13 entries so far, they have made the top 10 eight times.

You can read more about Maltaโ€™s Junior Eurovision journey in our feature here.

Are you looking forward to Junior Eurovision 2018? Do you think Malta will be marchin’ back into the top 10 this year?Let us know below! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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