It took her 11 attempts to win Malta’s national selection and the right to represent Valetta on the Eurovision stage.
At Eurovision every vote counts and Malta as a nation without immediate neighbours knows that more than most. To drum up support for her track Claudia has hit the promo trail in recent weeks, clocking up the air miles as she criss-crossed Europe performing “Breathlessly” for crowds of Eurofans.
And the now the Maltese beauty’s attention has fallen on the land of fire – Azerbaijan – which could be a canny decision as the two nations have frequently swapped points at the Grand Final.
Speaking to local media outlet News.Az, Claudia had kind words for Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2017 act Dihaj, who’ll perform her track “Skeletons” at Semi-Final 1 on May 9.
CLAUDIA FANIELLO ON DIHAJ:
“I absolutely loved the song and video. I’m looking forward to her performance in Kyiv.”
She also had strong praise for Dihaj has an artist: “She’s a great vocalist and has such a contemporary sound.”
The land of fire itself also got a few compliments thrown its way. Claudia called Azerbaijan “beautiful”, noting its vast culture and underlined her desire to visit the country in the future. Despite appreciation of the culture, she did admit that most of her exposure to Azerbaijani music comes through watching Eurovision.
Once the niceties were over, Malta’s Eurovision 2017 act turned her attention back to the task at hand: Winning support for “Breathlessly” and ensuring her song makes it through to the Grand Final on Saturday night.
Appealing to Azerbaijani Eurovision fans she said she hopes fans will vote for her song and thanked them for their past support of Maltese Eurovision acts. Ira Losco, Firelight, Gianluca, Kurt Calleja and Glen Valla all received points from Azerbaijan.
Malta will perform fourth in Semi-Final 2 on May 11.