Malta’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is soaring to record heights on YouTube.
The music video for ‘Chameleon’ performed by Michela Pace has attracted a massive 3.9 million views in the past two weeks.
It is now the second most popular Eurovision 2019 video on YouTube, behind the Netherlands on 4.1 million.
Some social media users have described it as ‘Malta’s best Eurovision song ever’ and hailed Michela’s voice as ‘sounding as big as Dua Lipa’.
The singer, 18, from Victoria in Gozo will take to the stage in the semi-finals of the song contest in Tel Aviv in May.
She told 89.7 Bay she ‘hoped to make Malta proud’ at Eurovision.
‘Chameleon’ was written and composed by Joacim Perrson, Paula Winger, Borislav Milanov and Johan Alkanas.
Watch Malta’s brilliant music video below:
Who is Michela?
Michela Pace is 18-years-old and lives in Gozo.
She studied at the Bishops Conservatory Girls School in Victoria.
She won the honour to sing for Malta after winning the national final, which was held back in January.
Michela, who has three brothers, described her upbringing in Gozo as ‘very musical’.
She said: ‘My mum is in a choir, my dad plays the French horn, and my mum’s cousins are conductors.
‘My life in Gozo was very quiet. I would just wake up, go to school, study, and sleep. I’m still trying to adjust to a different way of life and getting my head around what is happening.
‘I’m so excited about where this journey will take me. Whatever happens Gozo will always be my home. I am very proud of my heritage.’
Has Malta ever won Eurovision?
No, but Malta has taken part in the song contest 31 times since its debut in 1971, when it came last.
Malta is the only non-winning country to have achieved four top three results.
Malta won second place twice, first with Ira Losco in 2002 with ‘Seventh Wonder’ and again in 2005 with Chiara’s ‘Angel’.
Malta finished in third place twice, with Mary Spiteri’s ‘Little Child’ in 1992 and again with Chiara’s first Eurovision entry, ‘The One That I Love’.
Since finishing last in 2006, Malta has struggled to make an impact, with its only top 10 result being Gianluca Bezzina’s eighth-place in 2013.