On June 19, Maltese Eurovision 2017 act Claudia Faniello dropped a new music video on her official YouTube channel. The video is for her latest single, “Say.”
Classic Maltese production
The music video takes place in an abandoned building with graffiti, similar to various scenes in Destiny’s music video for “All of My Love” and Eliana Gomez Blanco’s music video for “We Are More.” This comes to no surprise, as Malta is a notable spot for urbex enthusiasts.
The song itself has the sleek, polished production that we come to expect from Maltese songs at ESC and JESC, and Claudia’s voice is as strong and as unique as when she impressed jurors in Kiev in 2017.
Too many times I saw you watchin’ anyone but me, yeah. I’’m just the same, but you’re not talkin’. Are you for real?Opening verse of Claudia Faniello’s “Say”
Claudia Faniello in Eurovision
Claudia Faniello attempted to represent Malta eight times before she finally won MESC in 2017. In two of those attempts, 2008 and 2009, she had two entries in the national final, making a total of 10 songs before her 11th entry won. Notably, she placed second two times: in 2008 with the song “Caravaggio” and in 2012 with the song “Pure.”
In 2017, Claudia Faniello achieved an upset victory in the Maltese national selection, winning what was at the time seen as a two-horse race between “Unstoppable” by Brooke Borg, which finished 4th, and “Kewkba” (trans. Star) by Janice Mangion, which came in a close 2nd. At the contest, Claudia failed to qualify for the final, coming 16th in the second semifinal with 55 points. Despite being a jury qualifier (she placed 8th with the juries), she was blanked by the public, earning nul points and coming last in the televote.
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