Claudia Faniello

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Claudia Faniello
Faniello in 2017
Faniello in 2017
Background information
Born (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 32)
Qawra, Malta
Years active2000–present
Associated actsFabrizio Faniello

Claudia Faniello (born 25 February 1988) is a Maltese singer. She represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Breathlessly"


Early career[edit]

Claudia was born and raised in Qawra, Malta, along with her siblings Fabrizio and Miriana. Her father is Italian.[1] At the age of twelve, Claudia began to participate in a variety of television shows and participating also in many festivals and placing in top positions.[2] In 2001, at the Phoenicia Hotel in Malta, she won the 'Talentissimi Juniors' – a show organised by 'Actreact'. A year later she sang live with Malta's National Orchestra in aid of impoverished children at the University of Malta. She was accompanied by Malta's ambassadors in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, Julie & Ludwig and also her brother Fabrizio.

At the Mediterranean Conference Festival, in 2003 she sang at a concert with Fabrizio Faniello while a year later she sang again with the National Orchestra with Nadine Axisa, Fabrizio and Philippa. In 2005, she classified fourth on Hotspot – a TV show programmed on Net TV. The year 2006 was the year when she started her experience in the Malta Song For Europe Festival with the song "High Alert!" – a song composed by Ray Agius. At the same contest she won the award for best newcomer.

She won the Festival Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2006 with the song "Ma Nafx" – a song composed by Ray Agius. In 2007, despite qualifying for the Malta Song for Europe 2007 Semi-Final with the song "L-Imħabba Għamja" (Love is Blind), she wasn't part of the six songs that gained the right to compete for the final round. She finished 7th.

2006–2016: Maltese national selection competitions for Eurovision[edit]

Year Song Place
2006 "High Alert" 12th
2007 "L-Imħabba Għamja" 7th
2008 "Caravaggio" 2nd
2008 "Sunrise" 3rd
2009 "Midas Touch" DNQ (Heat 2)
2009 "Blue Sonata" 4th
2010 "Samsara" 8th
2011 "Movie in my Mind" 9th
2012 "Pure" 2nd
2013 "When it's Time" 7th
2017 "Breathlessly" 1st

In summer 2007, Claudia Faniello launched "Wild Flower", a song composed by Aldo Spiteri and written by Deo Grech. In 2008, she passed for the Go Malta Song for Europe Semi-Final Festival with two songs "Caravaggio" and "Sunrise". Both songs passed into the final eight songs. In the final of this festival she finished 2nd with the song "Caravaggio", a song about the Italian artist with the same name and 3rd with the song "Sunrise". The successive year, she made her fourth appearance in this Maltese festival, but still wasn't part of the last three songs that fought to book a place in Moscow 2009. She finished fourth with her song entitled "Blue Sonata", composed and written by Ray Agius. She qualified to the final in the Go Malta Eurosong 2010 with the song "Samsara" composed by Philip Vella and written Gerard James Borg. She finished eighth with 31 points. She released her first album entitled Convincingly Better[3][4] in August 2010. In the Go Malta Eurosong 2011 final Faniello ended in ninth place with her entry "Movie in my Mind". In the Go Malta Eurosong 2012 final Faniello reached second place with her entry "Pure".

2017: National final and Eurovision[edit]

Faniello represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 after winning the national final with the song "Breathlessly".[5]

After Eurovision[edit]

In August 2019 she released a new single named "Fallin".

In June 2020 she released a new single called 'Say'.



Title Details
Convincingly Better


Title Year Album
"Ma Nafx" 2006 Non-album singles
"High Alert!"
"Wild Flower" 2007
"L-imhabba ghamja"
"Caravaggio" 2008
"Blue Sonata" 2009
"Samsara" 2010 Convincingly Better
"I Hate This Song"
"Movie in My Mind" 2011 Non-album singles
"Pure" 2012
"When It's Time" 2013
"One Fine Day" 2014
"Miles Away" 2015
"You Said" 2016
"Breathlessly" 2017
"Fallin" 2019
"Say" 2020


  1. ^ "PERDERSI". Eurovision Song Malta. 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ "About Me". Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Claudia Faniello releases her debut album "Convincingly Better"". escdaily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Convincingly Better – The Album". Archived from the original on 10 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Breathless Claudia Faniello heads for Eurovision Song Contest". Times of Malta. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ira Losco
with "Walk on Water"
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Taboo"