The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is surely a very popular family event here in Malta and also a showcase in which our younger generation of stars can express themselves through the medium of song. Our nation has participated since the initial event which was held in the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. We give the event some extra exposure as it gets closer and therefore, that is why, we are continuing our feature “An Expert Opinion” today. We are going to be taking up each respective entry as drawn by the European Broadcasting Union just two weeks ago.
Our four experts have given us their comments and voted but you have to vote for each entry as well because the final result will be 80% Jury and 20% Poll Voting. Today, we are set to discuss the national entry for the event and that is the song “Knock Knock!….Boom! Boom!” performed by the extremely charming and charismatic Nicole who will be joined on stage by a five member team including two backing vocals and three dancers.
Biography (As Published by Junior Eurovision.tv)
Nicole Azzopardi is a charismatic 13-year-old girl from the city of Mosta, Malta. Her career started at the tender age of seven when she was chosen to represent Malta in an international competition. The experience which remains deeply vivid in her memory is when she represented Malta in the Zecchino D’Oro. Ever since its inception, only a very small number of Maltese singers ever made it to this highly coveted festival.
Besides that. she’s also been very successful in her own country, doing great at several festivals.In 2007 she made it to the final round of the Maltese national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Life Is A Playground, and in 2008 she was once again of the finalists in the show with two songs, namely. In 2009, Nicole returned with Fun, Fun, Fun and placed 5th.
This year Nicole came back to Maltese national final with the most catchy tune ever, totally original, and incorporating a line from the Maltese traditional rhyme of Bum Bum il-Bieb meaning, knock, knock on the door.
Niall Mooney: 8 from a possible 10
I think I would have preferred the Maltese entry if it was all sung in her own language. I love the Maltese language and when she does the part of the song in her own tongue it comes alive. It is by far the best part of the song. Nicole is an awesome singer and I really hope she does well with this song. All the parts of the song are great and I would also say she has a great backing vocalist so whoever you are take a bow.
Ylenia Vella: 9 from a possible 10
A very catch refrain which you cannot get out of your head! Love the contrast and change from major chords to minor chords in the chorus. All Maltese have fallen in love with the bridge of the song for it exposes our native language and it reminds everyone of his/her own childhood – being it a traditional Maltese song. But it all depends if other countries will love that part too as they would recognize a change in language but they could not be able to appreciate the combination of the traditional song with the modern song.
Donna McCaul: 8 from a possible 10
This is a very nice simple song actually. A genre of song within this manner could do very well in Eurovision. I like the bilingual use of Maltese and English in the song. Will definitely go down well in Europe and score well with the Juries.
Annabelle Debono: 7 from a possible 10
The Maltese entry has a good catchy chorus, an interesting Maltese section which could sound special on the night, and a good vocal performance. Not original in any way, (a safe bet) however it’s a good package.
Well Well Well .. the Maltese entry in the eleventh position of the running order has it’s turn and I must say that it did impress our Irish Judges quite well getting a total of 16 points from them whilst both highest and lowest marks were given by the Maltese. The general feeling is that Malta will be heading to improve it’s best result this year. Remember, that we had come fourth in 2008 so let’s see whether Nicole, the team and her self-composed song will be getting the trophy back to Malta. Here with the experts she managed to score a very credible 32 points out of 40 points which is very good and puts her in third place overall. Let’s see what the Voters have to say about that though?