She’s a Maltese singer of Italian origin, known for her big voice and unrivalled poise.

And on Saturday Claudia Faniello brought all those attributes to the table with the release of the music video for “Perdersi” — the Italian-language version of her Eurovision 2017 track “Breathlessly”.

“Hi guys, for those of you who don’t know, I’m also half Italian,” she says at the start of the video. “And this is a surprise for my dad because he doesn’t know that I did it in his language.”

“Perderci”, which literally translates as “Lost” in English, comes from Maurizio Piccoli — the Italian writer behind hits performed by Loredana, Renato Zero, Patty Pravo, Mia Martini, Fiorella Mannoia and Milva.

The new version of the song was released in Italy, Switzerland and Malta on Friday as part of Claudia’s promotional campaign in those markets.

Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, Claudia said:

“I chose the Italian language because of my Italian origin. It is a language and culture I feel very close to. Also, my father who I have not seen in a long time, does not know about this, so it is meant to be a very special surprise for him.The lyrics are beautiful, touching, and just like the English version, they encapsulate the powerful emotions we go through in life.”

“I am really looking forward to performing Breathlessly in Kiev. ‘Breathlessly’ is one song that has touched me in a very special way, and I look forward to spreading and sharing those beautiful emotions with all the people out there.”

Are you loving this new version as much as we are? Read the lyrics and sound-off below!

PERDERSI LYRICS

 

Ti cercherò

in ogni strada che farò

in ogni bar

in ogni inverno di città

 

Imparerò da un vecchio addio

a fare il mondo che vorrei

Non voglio no, soffrire, no!

ma quel che sia, che sia per noi

 

Perdersi

senza il tempo di dire sì

senza chiedersi che amore il tuo sarà

Stringersi

dentro il cuore e poi sciogliersi

dentro la tempesta di un amore mio

dentro il sole del mattino che verrà

perdersi

 

Ce la farò

Anche se poi sbaglierò

Imparerò da un vecchio addio

a far l’acrobata anch’io

 

Perdersi

senza il fiato di dire sì

senza chiedersi che amore il tuo sarà

E stringersi

dentro il cuore e poi sciogliersi

dentro la tempesta di un amore mio

dentro il sole del mattino che verrà

perdersi

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Rita
Rita
4 years ago

Wow. Italian version seems much better. Love it!

KennyESC
KennyESC
4 years ago

Loving it, it would score even better than Breatlessly!

Btw is that Italian version of Verona fake or what?

Fredrik#LV
Fredrik#LV
4 years ago
Reply to  KennyESC

No , it is not fake but no one ( Wiwibloggs ) seems to care

Luka
Luka
4 years ago
Reply to  KennyESC
Martin Heiz34
Martin Heiz34
4 years ago

What a beautiful song. Love both English and Italian versions and this could be the dark horse of the contest. Some people have decided to hate this song because their other favourites did not win, even I did the same in the beginning, but now I have to admit this is just so beautiful. Thank you Claudia Fanielo

Yeah
Yeah
4 years ago
Reply to  Martin Heiz34

I totally agree with you! From the national selection I also prefer unstoppable and kewkba to this and if one of them had won it would have been 2nd and 3rd respectively! But breathlessly was my 3rd in the nf and is my 5th in the esc( i know i am from the few people that have this song in the top 5!). People should just forget what happenned in the nf and concentrate on the eurovision for now cause this song is just amazing and carries pure emotions! Maybe brooke and janice get one day the opportunity to represent… Read more »

Emy
Emy
4 years ago

I don’t know why, but I like the Italian version much more! Claudia has an extraordinary talent, a wonderful voice. Compliments!

Yeah
Yeah
4 years ago

WOW! It is amazing! So emotional and touching song in both versions! She did this one for her dad cause he lives in US and she hasnt seen him for a long period of time! That really made me emotional! It is a pitty that eurofans dont appreciate this entry cause they prefer uptempo songs or ballads with a climax (i dont blame those songs of course there are a lot of them that i love), but this song is just great!

P.S. can someone translate the italian lyrics?

Ellie#BY
Ellie#BY
4 years ago
Reply to  Yeah

I think some aspects of your comment are really wrong. People don’t prefer ONLY uptempo songs and ballads with a climax. For example dance alone and I feel alive are both uptempo songs but dance alone is a very good song and I feel alive is a very bad song. There are both of the same genre( uptempo)but are they both well appreciated? No! just bacause the one is good and the other is bad. So it’s all matter of personal preferences and the quality of songs and not of music genres.

Luka
Luka
4 years ago
Reply to  Yeah

I’ll be looking for you In every road I’ll gp through In every place In every city winter. I’ll learn from an old farewell To make up the world I would like I don’t wanna be hurt, no! Whatever happens, may it be for both of us. Getting lost Without even saying yes Without asking if your love will be for real Holding each other tight Within our heart and then melting away Within the storm of a love for my own In the morning sun that is about to come Getting lost. I will make it Even if I… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Cute but where is the article about superior Italian song a.k.a. Verona?

BlackBird
BlackBird
4 years ago

The Italian version of Verona isn’t superior in any way. I can understand Italian and the Italian version of ‘Breathlessly’ is very touching and heart warming ???? The Italian veraion of ‘Verona’ is very simple and almost cheap.

P.S No I am not a hater of ‘Verona’. The English version is in my Top 10 ????

Lawrence
Lawrence
4 years ago

Absolutely a great singer with a lovely voice. Claudia is an overall winner. XxxX

enzo
enzo
4 years ago

claudia grazie fantastica bellissima un vero gioiello. non mi iporta essere di parte veramente incantevole buoma fortuna ciao ti volio bene

Joe
Joe
4 years ago

Beautiful, I wish I could vote for her.

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

Underrated :'(

Sylvana Camilleri
Sylvana Camilleri
4 years ago

A very touching version of Claudia’s song. Love both versions. Well done!

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

Aww… this is so lovely. I love the Italian versions of Breathlessly and Verona. Perdersi has somewhat different lyrics than Breathlessly, but the core meaning is the same.

Debbie#DK
Debbie#DK
4 years ago

I like this entry a lot , I don’t understand the hate from the Eurofandom.
Anyway , guys Estonia published an Italian verision too…..

Joe
Joe
4 years ago
Reply to  Debbie#DK

I guess Italian is the new English. I’m ready for Levina’s “Vita Perfetta’.
I don’t think people hate the song, it’s just not enough, you know. But it’s a very decent entry, Malta should be proud.

ImpressiveInstants
4 years ago

Perfect Claudia. Love her song.