maria iside fiore scelgo jesc 2017

Since their debut at Junior Eurovision in 2014, Italy have rarely left the top of the table. With a win in 2014 and third last year, they’re looking to keep the form going. Today, RAI announced Maria Iside Fiore as their next representative, with her song “Scelgo (My Choice)”!

Maria Iside Fiore — “Scelgo (My Choice)”

Maria is no stranger to the stage or competition. Born in 2004, she’s been dancing and performing since the age of four. As one of her many talents, she’s also a talented player of the clarinet.

“Scelgo (My Choice)” looks at the future ahead, and Maria’s conviction to not be afraid of what comes. She’s going to “make a better day” and “not be afraid” — and there’s some serious vocal talent on show here, y’all. The song also blends Italian and English well together at the close.

The video sees Maria and her friends enjoying a day at the beach, as well as shots of Maria singing in various locations. We’re not too sure why she’s singing in what looks like a quarry at one point, but with a song like this, we don’t really care!

Since 2015, Maria has been participating in a number of singing contests, both locally and nationally. Her biggest stage so far has been in the national festival, Cantagiro.

The festival, which has been running on-and-off for 50 years, has previously hosted the likes of Eurovision legend, Domenico Modugno. Maria was a finalist in the junior section of the 2016 edition.

But Maria isn’t just a talented performer: she’s also involved in some very worthy causes, y’all. Her dance group focused on integrating those with disabilities. The video also shows one of Maria’s friends to be in a wheelchair, but just as involved as the rest of the group.

Last year, Maria also featured in an album that highlighted violence towards women. She may be young, but this girl clearly has a very wise head on her!

Fiamma Boccia placed third for Italy last year in Valetta, with “Cara Mamma”. As mentioned, the country has a great record so far at Junior Eurovision — will Maria keep that up?

What do you think of “Scelgo (My Choice)”? Is Maria your choice for a Junior Eurovision winner this year? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Max

Those are some incredibly beautiful lyrics. Both the Italian and the English. Good job!

Rhingo
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Rhingo

This may be surprisingly successful. I have my misgivings with the song but it sounds like possible winner. Especially after Mariam last year.

jj
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jj

The song doesn’t have much of a tune to it – kind of drifts with self-affirming declarations throughout.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Cute song, but I expected a bit better from my own country. Also we need to stop mixing Italian and English, it’s grating.

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Ria van de Velde - NL

Again a great song from Italy !! I like it very much !! Good Luck in Tblisdi !!

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

At last one song for this junior that can be heard. Hope she wins, so far.

Elmar
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Elmar

1. Italy – AMAZING!!
2. Russia – I like this one, too.
3. Belarus – Nice song, but she looks adult for kid’s competition
4. Ukraine – Cute song, nice voice.
5. Poland – Cliche female ballad with no emotions, plus she looks way too adult for kid’s competition
6. Serbia – They’re cute, but the song is too repititive and it gets annoying
7. Malta – They literally copied other JESC song and it doesn’t even sound good.

chessguy99
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Again, Italy sends quality.

West
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West

It is a good song, but nothing remarkable – actualy it’s pretty forgetable.

NickC
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NickC

Not a winner, but possibly another top 3 finish for Italy.

beccaboo1212
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He’s not dead yet! He’s still fighting his health problems! 😮

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NscoN

The quarry in the video is one of the famous marble quarries in Carrara (Michelangelo used that marble for his sculptures). They likely shot the video there because she is from a town nearby. Indeed, Francesco Gabbani is from Carrara, so this year the two Italian representatives are almost from the same place.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Great song, but forgetable. This would need a great performance to be remembered ad I hope her vocals are good, because they sound overworked here. Also a late draw would help.

beccaboo1212
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That would be great! 😀

dana
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dana

This song could win even adult esc. Good luck Italy!

Jo
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Jo

Beautiful song.
Just a remark: Italy debuted in 2014, not returned.

beccaboo1212
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Alright! Ciao, Italia! Good luck, Maria! 😀