Gianluca Cilia wins Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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As Malta makes their preparations for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal, the build-up for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi have already gotten underway.

And on Saturday the country ticked off a major part of their JESC 2017 checklist by choosing Gianluca Cilia as their singer.

The nine-year-old came out on top of the 10 participants competing at the national selection show, delivering an emotional performance that mixed power and pizzaz while maintaining the innocence and sweetness of youth.

He becomes the second confirmed Junior Eurovision representative after Russia’s Polina Bogusevich last month. Interestingly, he’s also the first male singer that Malta has sent since 2008, when Daniel Testa placed fourth at the contest in Cyprus.

Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finalists

All 10 finalists performed their cover of an existing hit single and the winner was decided by 100% televoting. Gianluca, the youngest competitor, took the top spot ahead of second placed Veronica Rotin and bronze medalist Rianne Demicoli.

Running order:

  1. Thea Aquilina – “This is a Man’s World”
  2. Jahel Cardona – “One Night Only”
  3. Gianluca Cilia – “Perdere l’amore”
  4. Kira Copperstone – “The Voice Within”
  5. Riona Degiorgio – “True Colors”
  6. Rianne Demicoli – “Satellite”
  7. Aidan Jay Drakard – “Mad World”
  8. Demi Galea – “Breathing Underwater”
  9. Kylie Meilak – “I Believe”
  10. Veronica Rotin – “And I Am Telling You”

Who is Gianluca Cilia?

Prior to Gianluca’s Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 win, broadcaster PBS got to know more about the rising star.

He started singing at the age of 6 and currently takes singing and music theory lessons at the Harmonic Ensemble. But he’s not narrow. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing with his iPad and he’s passionate about Lego. Perhaps he’ll bring a spare set to Tbilisi?

He won his first major festival in 2015 at Oltreoceano in Palermo. A year later he earned the right to represent Malta in an international singing festival in Romania, where he finished third with his original song “Mamma Io canto per te”. Later that year, Gianluca took part in the first edition of Arpeggio, held in Malta and organised by Erseb Productions, and ended up as the Grand Prix winner.

Gianluca’s Junior Eurovision 2017 song will be unveiled later this year. But this much we already know: The sunny island is on to a good thing with this one!

Was Gianluca Cilia the right winner? What kind of song do you think Gianluca will sing in Tbilisi? Let us know in the comments below.

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Photo: PBS