Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Malta participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on 26 November 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Maltese entrant for the 2017 contest was selected through a national final, organised by the Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) on 1 July 2017, while their song was selected internally. Each of the ten participants performed covers of non-Eurovision candidate songs during the national final. Gianluca Cilia was declared winner with his cover of Perdere l'amore.[1]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country Malta
National selection
Selection process
  • Artist: Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017
  • Song: Internal selection
Selection date(s)
  • Artist: 1 July 2017
  • Song: 29 September 2017
Selected entrantGianluca Cilia
Selected song"Dawra tond"
Selected songwriter(s)Dominic Cini
Emil Calleja Bayliss
Finals performance
Final result9th, 107 points
Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2016 Contest, Malta had participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest eleven times since its first entry in 2003 only opting not to participate at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 contests. Malta has won on two occasions: in 2013 when Gaia Cauchi won with the song "The Start", and again in 2015 when Destiny Chukunyere came first with "Not My Soul" when it won the contest with 185 points, breaking the previous record held by Spain for the most points ever given to a winner.[2]

Before Junior EurovisionEdit

Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017Edit

The national final took place on 1 July 2017.[3] The national final consisted of ten competing acts participating in a televised production. Each of the 10 participants sang a song of their own choice. After all of them had performed, the results were decided through 100% televote and Gianluca Cilia as announced was the winner of the national final.[4]

Draw Artist Song[5] Place
1 Thea Aquilina "This is a Man's World"
2 Jahel Cardona "One Night Only"
3 Gianluca Cilia "Perdere l'amore" 1
4 Kira Copperstone "The Voice Within"
5 Riona Degiorgio "True Colors"
6 Rianne Demicoli "Satellite" 3
7 Aidan Jay Drakard "Mad World"
8 Demi Galea "Breathing Underwater"
9 Kylie Meilak "I Believe – Fantasia"
10 Veronica Rotin "And I am telling you" 2

Internal selectionEdit

On 30 September 2017 the Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) announced that Gianluca Cilia will sing "Dawra Tond" at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[6]

Artist and song informationEdit

Gianluca CiliaEdit

Gianluca Cilia
Born (2007-11-12) 12 November 2007 (age 14)
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present

Gianluca Cilia (born 12 November 2007) is a Maltese child singer. He represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia on 26 November 2017 with a song "Dawra tond", performed in both English and Maltese.

Gianluca started to sing at the age of 6, and he takes singing and music lessons at Harmonic Ensemble. His first participation in a major competition was in 2015, taking part in Oltroceano in Palermo, winning the festival. A year later he represented Malta in an international singing festival in Romania, placing third with his song Mamma lo canto per te. In that same year he also took part in the inaugural edition of Arpeggio, in Malta, achieving the first place.[7]

In 2020, together with Yulan Law, he took part in the maltese selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Deck of Cards" written by Philip Vella and Emil Calleja Bayliss.

"Dawra tond"Edit

"Dawra tond" (Maltese for round in a circle) is a song by Maltese child singer Gianluca Cilia. It represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

At Junior EurovisionEdit

During the opening ceremony and the running order draw which took place on 20 November 2017, Malta was drawn to perform twelfth on 26 November 2017, following Ukraine and preceding Russia.[8]

VotingEdit

The results of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were determined by national juries and an online audience vote. Every country had a national jury that consisted of three music industry professionals and two kids aged between 10 and 15 who are citizens of the country they represent. This jury was asked to judge each contestant based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury could be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The first phase of the online voting started on 24 November 2017 when a recap of all the rehearsal performances was shown on junioreurovision.tv before the viewers could vote. After this, voters also had the option to watch longer one-minute clips from each participant's rehearsal. This first round of voting stopped on Sunday, 26 November, at 15:59 CET. The second phase of the online voting took place during the live show and started right after the last performance and was open for 15 minutes. International viewers could vote for a minimum of three countries and a maximum of five. They could also vote for their own country's song. These votes were then turned into points. The number of points was determined by the percentage of votes received. For example, if a song received 20% of the votes, thus it would receive 20% of the available points. The public vote counted for 50% of the final result, while the other 50% came from the professional juries.

Detailed voting resultsEdit

Detailed voting results from Malta[9]
Draw Country Juror A Juror B Juror C Juror D Juror E Average Rank Points Awarded
01   Cyprus 15 12 10 11 9 13
02   Poland 10 5 5 5 8 5 6
03   Netherlands 6 14 12 12 7 11
04   Armenia 2 8 9 4 3 4 7
05   Belarus 1 1 1 3 2 1 12
06   Portugal 11 13 11 13 14 14
07   Ireland 14 15 15 15 12 15
08   Macedonia 7 4 4 8 10 6 5
09   Georgia 3 3 3 1 4 2 10
10   Albania 13 7 14 9 13 12
11   Ukraine 4 6 13 10 5 7 4
12   Malta
13   Russia 5 2 6 2 1 3 8
14   Serbia 12 9 2 7 15 9 2
15   Australia 9 11 7 6 11 8 3
16   Italy 8 10 8 14 6 10 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Farren, Neil (1 July 2017). "Malta: Gianluca Cilia to Junior Eurovision". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Malta – Country Profile". junioreurovision.tv. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  3. ^ Farren, Neil (29 May 2017). "Malta: ten Junior Eurovision finalists announced". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  4. ^ Ko, Anthony (2 July 2017). "Gianluca Cilia wins Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  5. ^ Farren, Neil (29 May 2017). "Malta: ten Junior Eurovision finalists announced". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Dawra Tond! Malta's Gianluca Cilia reveals Junior Eurovision 2017 song". wiwibloggs. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  7. ^ García, Belén (2 July 2017). "Gianluca Cilia wins Maltese final for Junior Eurovision 2017". esc-plus.com. ESC+Plus. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  8. ^ "The running order for Junior Eurovision 2017 is revealed!". European Broadcasting Union. 20 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Results of the Final of Tbilisi 2017". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 1 June 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2021.