Gianluca Bezzina Biography
Bezzina was born in 1989 in Qrendi, Malta. He is the third of seven siblings.He comes from a very musical family. His sister Dorothy was also a participant in this year's Malta Song for Europe. She is a very popular singer in Malta.. Members of his family sang the song "Tomorrow" on TVM (Malta). In 1989 his maternal aunt, Mary Anne Zammit, started publishing several audio cassettes of local songs in Maltese with themes dedicated to children and the family. These songs were very popular. Gianluca's maternal grandfather, the late Gaetano Buttigieg of Marsa, Malta, better known as Gaetano Kanta, was also a very well-known figure in Malta. He was one of the pioneers in the use of the Maltese Language in pop music. In the fifties, sixties and seventies Gaetano published Maltese lyrics adapted to international pop songs.
Bezzina started his musical career by studying the piano accordion at the age of seven, while simultaneously developing his singing skills with the Malta Children's Choir. His grandfather Gaetano, always encouraged Gianluca in his singing career, . Gianluca was also deeply influenced by Roman Catholic youth organizations which he still frequents on a regular basis, especially the Youth Fellowship, where religious musical activities and celebrations are held.
Bezzina is the front man of Funk Initiative, and has released three singles, including "The Liberators," and "Paris," which have been played on local radio stations and have even topped the local charts.
Bezzina has been practising as a doctor since July 2012.
Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Bezzina won the Maltese national final to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Tomorrow." In reality, he participated in the Malta national song contest just for fun. After he won the contest, Gianluca told Television Malta that he could not believe he'd participated in the contest.
Bezzina took 4th place in the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on Thursday, May 16, 2013 with 118 points. This qualified Bezzina for the final on Saturday, May 18, 2013. In the final, Bezzina finished in 8th place with a total score of 120. The Maltese entry received points from 22 of the 38 voting nations.
When Gianluca arrived back in Malta on Sunday, May 19, 2013, he was given a hero's welcome by fans, family, and friends.