Malta: Triumphant Return from Sanremo Junior 2014Written by Douglas Matheson
As the curtain rose on the stage of the Ariston Theatre, RAI was one of the headlining broadcasters in support of the Eurovision Song Contest with Emma Marrone, the public choice in Malta giving a spirited performance of her entry La Mia Città. Nevertheless, as the sun sets on another extravagant edition, this time won by Austria and Conhita Wurst, with the Bond-esque Rise Like a Phoenix, we thought of seeing what happened at Sanremo Junior.
Sanremo Junior has always been a date of note in the diaries of Europe’s younger performers. A competition for participants aged 6-15, this prestigious festival has encompassed the dreams of so many young performers over the past 5 years. This year, Malta was represented by 5 wonderfully talented performers:
Destiny Chukunyere (coached by Ms. Maria Abdilla)
Karl Luke Schembri (coached by Soprano Antoinette Miggiani / Ms. Claire McCartin)
Kylie Meilak (Gillian Attard of La Voix Academy)
Sebastian Calleja (vocal coach: Glen Vella)
Laetitia Amodio (coached by her mother Ms. Charmaine Amodio)
And success was at hand! Destiny Chukunyere walked out supreme as the Overall Grand Prix Singers Winner and Laetitia Amodio was crowned the Overall Grand Prix Musicians Winner! Furthermore, Karl Luke Schembri was placed first in the 13-15 Section! Kylie Meilak and Sebastian Calleja also put in strong performances that they can come home feeling proud over!
This year the event – under UNICEF patronage – followed a central topic focusing on protecting children’s rights. Malta were competing against participants from all over Europe, including: Belarus, Italy, Israel, Romania and Russia.We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.
Source: Press Release