PBS, Malta’s national broadcaster, has announced that 14-year-old singer, Eliana Gomez Blanco, will represent the country at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019, set to take place in Gliwice-Silesia on November 24.
A total of 12 finalists competed in the Maltese national final while the winner was determined by the voting public and a jury panel. Among the jurors were Claudia Faniello who represented Malta at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and Ela Mangion who was last year’s Junior Eurovision representative.
After adding up the public and jury votes the three top spots in the national selection developed as following:
Eliana Gomez Blanco – “Sto Male” (originally sang by Ornella Vanoni)
Leah Cauchi – “Illejla” (original song)
Martina Cutajar – “Dynasty” (originally sang by MIIA)
The song that Eliana will perform on Gliwice Arena’s stage in November will be released in the near future.
A few words about Eliana Gomez Blanco
Eliana is an experienced singer as she has taken part in a local TV show in Malta as a singer. The young artist has represented the country in several international music festivals, one of them the 2018 Ghanja Tal-Poplu Zghazagh where she got thr first prize with the song, “Dwell”. This wasn’t Eliana’s first attempt to represent Malta in Junior Eurovision as last year she competed in the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the entry Music takes control. Lets have a look at Eliana’s last year national selection participation:
Malta in Junior Eurovision
Malta is one of the most succeful nations in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having won already twice: in 2013 with Gaia Cauchi and her entry “The Start”, and in 2015 withDestiny Chukunyere singing “Not My Soul,”. Chukunyere achieved to reach the final of Britain’s Got Talent while this year was a backing vocalist in Michela Pace’s Eurovision 2019 performance of her entry “Chameleon.”
Last year Ela Mangion rerpesented the country with the song “Marchin’ on” which came 5th with a total of 181 points, 138 of which came from the jury voting.