MALTA: Eliana Gomez Blanco “We Are More”

While Malta has come second twice in Eurovision (Ira Losco with “7th Wonder” in 2002 and Chiara with “Angel” in 2005), they have won Junior Eurovision twice (Gaia Cauchi with “The Start” in 2013 and Destiny Chukunyere with “Not My Soul” in 2015).

The country has appeared in the junior contest 14 times since 2003 and almost all of their songs have been in English (only two have featured lyrics in Maltese). This year, Malta is sending “We Are More” in a mix of the two languages.

Eliana Gomez Blanco is 14 years old and has been singing since she was 6. She has represented Malta in many international festivals and was a finalist in last year’s JESC national selection. When not performing, Eliana likes to read, is interested in hairdressing, and wants to one day become a doctor (oh a Maltese singing doctor? That sounds familiar, Gianluca Bezzina from 2013).

“We Are More” has a strong message about the youth of today and looking forwards the future. It is written by a team made up of Jonas Thander, Rachel Suter, Kevin Lee, and Joe Julian Farrugia. Jonas is based in Sweden and is best known for helping write Donny Montell’s “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” (ESC Lithuania 2016 that came 9th on the final) and Michael Rice’s “Bigger Than Us” (ESC UK 2019 that came 26th). Rachel wrote the 2019 Eurovision pre-entry song for Romania called “Renegades” performed by Linda Teodosiu. Rounding out the team is Kevin Lee who writes for Wiwibloggs, and Joe Julian Farrugia who has been writing music for over 20 years for artists in Malta and abroad.

“We Are More” could very happily slot into the senior contest as it sounds more adult than a lot of the other entries this year. The song is very contemporary and is readymade for radio. It’s a ballad with a strong beat and Eliana’s voice is strong and soulful. This is a contender and Malta is in it to win it again.

'We Are More' Lyrics:

We Are More

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
Nagħmlu l-qalb,
nagħmlu l-qalb

Mal-kurrent ma nintelqux
Pożittivi, ma nċedux
Nagħmlu l-qalb,
nagħmlu l-qalb

They can try to bring us down