Spanish broadcaster RTVE has revealed that 12-year-old Melani Garcia will represent Spain on their return to their Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November. Melani was surprised with the news live on air during the TV show ‘A partir de hoy’. On hearing that she will be her country's first representative at the competition for 13 years she began crying tears of joy!
Melani was born in the town of La Eliana in Valencia in 2007. Melani's music career began at the age of eight, when she participated in a local choir and her teacher taught her Mozart’s opera Due pupille amabili. Since then, Melani has developed a passion for opera singer Maria Callas.
After not being able to get into the Music Conservatory School because of her young age, Melani taught herself classical music. She plays the violin and is currently studying piano.
Melani, who is of Argentinian descent, also likes rhythmic gymnastics, contemporary dance and ballet and she has various sporting awards.
Her first single Vivo Por Ella was released on 29 June 2018 and is a simple homage to the legendary Andrea Bocceli song made famous by Spanish singer Marta Sánchez in 1997. Melani's rendition was produced by Emilio Mercader.
Melani has also sung as part of the group We Love Queen, performing the iconic song Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé.
This year her new single O Sole Mío was released. The well-known Neapolitan song has previously been performed by artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Alfredo Kraus.