eliana gomez blanco Malta Junior Eurovision 2019 We Are More

Always a strong contender, the island nation of Malta is heading off to Junior Eurovision 2019 with the electric ballad “We Are More” by Eliana Gomez Blanco.

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Malta in Junior Eurovision 2019: Eliana Gomez Blanco “We Are More”

Eliana was chosen through PBS’s national selection on 20 August. The 14-year-old competed against 11 other finalists who each performed covers of well-known songs. Eliana covered Ornella Vanoni’s version of “Sto Male”, before reaching the top spot.

She previously attempted to represent her nation in 2018, losing out to Ela Mangion.

What do the “We Are More” lyrics mean?

Eliana goes against the old adage that children should be seen but not heard, singing that “they can try to mute our sound – but they’ll never drown us out!”. It’s a powerful pop ballad that proves you can, and should, always strive to do more and be more.

The island nation has also decided to meld their two national languages together (English and Maltese), with the first half of the song performed in the former, and the second in the latter. The two are, however, melded effortlessly by Eliana’s strong vocals.

Aħna qalbna ma naqtgħux
Lilna ma jiffastidjawx
Nagħmlu l-qalb, nagħmlu l-qalb

We won’t lose hope
they won’t make us give up
Be determined, be determined
We are more, we are more…

Eliana is determined to get to the top!

The official music video is classy and sophisticated, with darkness illuminated by gold hues and projected images channelling her inner warrior. It’s the same technology used in Wiktoria’s “Save Me” performance at Melodifestivalen 2016. However, this is a message of empowerment, not dependency.

She’s surrounded by a chorus of strong girls who channel their best superhero poses, proving to the world that they are more, will achieve more and be more. The “we are more” motif is spread across their bodies throughout the clip, and is a subtle reminder of the #MeToo movement that moved the world in the last few years.

They can try to bring us down
But we’ll never hit the ground
We are more, we are more

They can try to mute our sound
But they’ll never drown us out
We are more, we are more

What do you think of Malta’s chances? Do you feel empowered? Let us know in the comments. And click here to read more Junior Eurovision 2019 lyrics.

“We Are More” lyrics — Eliana Gomez Blanco (Malta JESC 2019)

Written by: Rachel Suter, Jonas Thander, Joe Julian Farrugia and Kevin Lee

Composed by: Jonas Thander, Rachel Suter

Thander previously co-wrote “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” (Lithuania 2016) and “Bigger Than Us” (UK 2019). Suter has worked on numerous national final entries including “Renegades” (Romania 2019) and “Light On” (Lithuania 2019). Joe Julian Farrugia previously wrote Maltese national selection entries including “This Heart of Mine” (2006) and “Starlight” (2007).

English/Maltese text

Getting ready to battle
Rising up from the shadows
No lookin’ back no lookin’ back

And wherever we’re going
It’s gonna be all in
No lookin’ back no lookin’ back

Cuz enough is enough
Not the time to be stopped
It’s our time to be louder than before

We’ll rewrite all the wrongs
Be the light that shines on
Yeah our voice cannot be ignored

They can try to bring us down
But we’ll never hit the ground
We are more, we are more

They can try to mute our sound
But they’ll never drown us out
We are more, we are more

Staring into the blindness
Not afraid of the darkness
Won’t be afraid won’t be afraid

Dak li nemmnu ngħiduh
Kontra l-mewġ inwettquh
Jippruvaw isikktuna lejl u nhar

Dan l-ispirtu żagħżugħ
Jippruvaw joħonquh
Imm’ għalxejn, żerniq kontra ċ-ċpar…

Aħna qalbna ma naqtgħux
Lilna ma jiffastidjawx
We are more, we are more

Mal-kurrent ma nintelqux
Pożittivi, ma nċedux
We are more, we are more

Aħna qalbna ma naqtgħux
Lilna ma jiffastidjawx
Nagħmlu l-qalb, nagħmlu l-qalb
We are more, we are more…

English translation

Getting ready to battle
Rising up from the shadows
No lookin’ back no lookin’ back

And wherever we’re going
It’s gonna be all in
No lookin’ back no lookin’ back

Cuz enough is enough
Not the time to be stopped
It’s our time to be louder than before

We’ll rewrite all the wrongs
Be the light that shines on
Yeah our voice cannot be ignored

They can try to bring us down
But we’ll never hit the ground
We are more, we are more

They can try to mute our sound
But they’ll never drown us out
We are more, we are more

Staring into the blindness
Not afraid of the darkness
Won’t be afraid won’t be afraid

We say what we believe in
and do it even against the waves
though they try to silence us night and day

This youthful spirit
they try to hinder
but they will fail, a new dawn outliving the fog

We won’t lose hope
they won’t make us give up
We are more, we are more

We won’t let the currents take us astray
We are positive and will never concede
We are more, we are more

We won’t lose hope
they won’t make us give up
Be determined, be determined
We are more, we are more…

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Euphoria
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Euphoria

Yes malta! This is my winner and this will definitely get my vote. I hope this does really well.

Graph
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Graph

This is in a similar situation as Poland for me. All of the elements here seem very purposeful and professional, but somehow I don’t find myself drawn into it.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

this is an example of a song that shouldn’t go to jesc. it’s trying way too hard to be adult and u can tell there’s no involvement from children. the generic 2016 pop sound is not it either

Loin dici
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It’s really concrete. However, it fits way more to the adult contest, because of how adult-contemporary it sounds.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

It’s well-produced, current and better than last year’s song. It just seems to lack that connection or a bit of heart. Obviously, juries will go a bit overboard for it for those reasons.