The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been well adapted not only to promote the best in local talent but also the language with the competition remaining the only particular background for Maltese, one of the main items which many can identify to be heritage. The pace of the festival went smoothly except for a small minor glitch during one of the latter entries which prompted an immediate restart and ultimately a great response from the audience. The Established Category featured performances from twenty acts in total with a variety of genres well represented whilst the Teenage Category features a total of four entries this time round because of a tie in third place in the second phase of competition which was televised through the programme Indifest as hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber who were also the comperes for the evening. In the end, the winners of each respective category were agreed upon by the jury panel made up of Mike Spiteri, Ludwig Galea, Mandy Micallef Grimaud and Matthew Calleja.
It is important to point out that the introduction of the mychoice.pn award was a welcome addition with the online voting racking in multitude of votes from all over the country whilst the tele-voting has always kept things on edge. The top three results were resoundingly met with applause especially as Domenique with the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella was the first announced in third place, followed by Marilena Gauci and her song Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop and then finally a content and surprised Deborah C with the anthemic Jekk Nużaw Moħħna penned by Joe Chircop to the music of Mark Spiteri Lucas. In the meantime, when it comes to the teenage category, the jury played a pivotal role in selecting the track Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop therefore making Joe Chircop, one of the most decorated men in the competition alongside Mark Spiteri Lucas who together also went onto tele-voting with Deborah C and the aforementioned Jekk Nużaw Moħħna as well as the mychoice.pn award which went to Roseanne Cordina with the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. Below you can note the full result, an escflashmalta.com exclusive.
01. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop) - 208 points
02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi) - 192 points
01. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - 388 points
02. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 368 points
03. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 337 points
06. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points
07. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri) - 292 points
08. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - 282 points
09. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 275 points
10. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali) - 274 points
11. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - 271 points
12. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace) - 256 points
13. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace) - 237 points
14. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant) - 229 points
15. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) - 225 points
16. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) - 221 points
18. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg) - 189 points
19. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 177 points
20. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 176 points
escflashmalta.com had the opportunity like in the past two years to speak to the winning artist and composer of the track, this year being none other than Deborah C and Mark Spiteri Lucas respectively. The Gozitan singer who is currently reading for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Malta is extremely happy with the victory stating she indeed 'did not expect it' and ultimately adding that it was even more positive to note that the 'jury and the public agreed unanimously' on the track which they have worked hard to present. She thanked all of the people who supported her from Gozo and Malta as well as her entourage for making this a possibility. Speaking to the composer of the track, he told us that since 2001, he has managed to finish on top on 'five different occasions' making this his 'third victory in six years'. He notes that it was a combination of teamwork which saw to the fact to break records in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza making this the first entry 'to win both the public and jury vote within the same year'. The editorial board would like to congratulate all of the respective winners and better luck next time to all those who tried and did not succeed this time round.
Mike Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Tarcisio Barbara, Claudette Buttigieg and Kaya could all note to have at least one thing in common and that is being winners of the elite Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been organized by Media.Link Communications for a numerous number of years, noting that this years' edition will be the twenty-first in total and fifteenth consecutive one as a matter of fact. The committee behind the competition led by Mark Azzopardi and including members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team have worked hard to include a number of innovations in the past two years noting the beginning of a seating area which would definitely keep the audience at bay as well as the official preview videos for each track to help aid in terms of promotion. There is stiff competition this evening, featuring twenty acts that will be leading the way in the Established Category and another four acts who will compete in the Teenage Category as revealed last week on Indifest as shown on NET Television.
The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted on The Granaries in Floriana by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and will be featuring guest performances by Mike Spiteri who returns as last years' winner as well as Kurt Calleja and his band who represented Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit never managing to make it through to the final stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, it has to be noted that there will be a number of awards that will be given out this evening including the online voting which has been ongoing through mychoice.pn, the tele-voting through the clips which have been put online and on NET Television throughout the summer and also the jury voting as chosen by Media.Link Communications. The latter two will be important for both categories with a separate award for the Established Category for each and a combined vote for the Teenage Category which will feature 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting. escflashmalta.com would like to wish everyone the best of luck and invite the people to attend or tune into NET Television at 20:30 CET to watch the proceedings unravel live.
The last edition of the programme Indifest before the final night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was quite special as the finalists of the Talent Żagħżugħ were announced. The programme presented by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa welcomed most of the participants in the studio today and alongside the Chairman Mark Azzopardi, explained that instead of three songs, four were going to make it to the Granaries in Floriana because of a tie in third place. The final vote was decided by a 60% tele-vote and 40% jury vote as it will be during the final next week.
The judges in this phase were the formidable Julie Zahra, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 and is a renowned vocal coach now based in the UK, Gianluca Cappitta who is a member of the leading band The Crowns, Rene Mamo, an established composer and producer who wrote for various festivals during the last century. Alongside side these judges there was also Doris Chetcuti a renowned lyricist who reached a number of festivals and had numerous successes and Lyndsay Pace who has slowly worked her way up the ladder of success and managed nominations at wins at the Malta Music Awards and the Bay Music Awards in recent years.
The four finalists who will be performing on the Granaries in Floriana on the 18th September will be none other than Maria & Justine who will be performing their song Ħbieb Ta’ Veru composed by Kaya and written by Chris Azzopardi as well as Antoine & Kayleigh who will be interpreting their song Il-Libertà composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa. The third finalist announced was Antonella Rapa who will be singing X'Qaltli L-Arzella written by Joe Friggieri to the music of Mark Spiteri Lucas whilst the last finalist announced was Sarah Bonnici who will be singing the song Bil-Bnadar F’Idejna penned by Joe Chircop to the composition of Miriam Christine Warner.
The voting lines for the four songs reopened yesterday evening and the votes they got in the first phase will be carried forward to this phase. The Committee of this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza would like to thank both the Jury and the viewers for voting in this years' Talent Żagħżugħ whilst escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate all of the participants in this years' festival and hope that they continue to establish themselves within the local music scene. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
The 21st edition of the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be taking place next week with preparations now in full swing with the organizing committee making the final arrangements as they prepare for the rehearsals which will be taking place in just seven days time noting that the final run through would be taking place on the morning of the competition itself. The venue as has been the case almost every year except when weather wasn't permitted have been the Granaries in Floriana which have now hosted some of the most amazing concerts in history including those of Joseph Calleja for the past three years. Nevertheless, one week before the festival does take place, Indifest will be hosted and it will be quite the show because apart from the weekly performances which people have come to expect from the acts taking part in the Established Category, there will also be the revelation of the finalists of the Teenage Category along with a performance by a special guest as has also come to be expected each week.
This year, the teenage category will be crowning the fifth winner having seen the likes of Gabrielle Massa, Dian Bland, Cherylis Camilleri and Angelica Portelli triumph in the past four years since the competition began back in 2008 to resounding success. The difference between the past and the present though is the way that the result has been worked out noting that the jury had a 60% say in the final proceedings this time round with the public still having a 40% weighing in the outcome. Ultimately this was the way forward with talent being given the most importance. This evening, the performers of the ten participating entries will be present in the studio awaiting the announcement of the finalists as made by Christine Haber, Ronald Briffa and the Chairman of the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza; Mark Azzopardi. Prior to the announcement this evening, we would like to remind you that you can still watch the videos of the songs below.
This evening, the performances will continue from the Established Category as well noting that taking to the stage this evening will be Kylie Coleiro with the track Ħalluni composed by PhiliP Vella and penned by Joe Chircop as well as Corinne Caruana who had to reschedule as she fell ill a couple of weeks ago and was unable to attend. She will be performing the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace. In the meantime, there will also be a special performance this evening given by none other than the reigning winner of the Teenage Category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, that being the Gozitan Angelica Portelli who will be giving a performance of the track Ejjew Nieqfu composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop. This has to be the most filled programme of the series but nevertheless, headlined by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa as hosts, it will be quite the showcase this evening. Make sure that you tune to NET Television for the final programme of Indifest before the actual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.
Throughout the years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has paved the way for the beginning of a multitude of careers noting that most of the well known individuals in the local music industry have all put their name forward and competed within the showcase which has seen a number of notable winners including Claudette Pace, Miriam Christine, Annabelle Debono, Ira Losco, Amber, Claudia Faniello, Lawrence Gray, Eleanor Cassar and most recently Mike Spiteri. Last year marked the twentieth anniversary of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza noting that it officially inaugurated back in 1983, only to stop in 1987 returning in 1997. Nevertheless, each edition was a huge success and therefore, Media.Link Communications made sure to support it each time it was organized. The committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza led by television producer and host, Mark Azzopardi has worked hard in taking the competition to a brand new era hoping that each of the entries receives the same amount of exposure, working toward the recording of preview videos which could be access through viral website, YouTube. Exposure is key to any competition and thus with the videos along the weekly programme, Indifest, the local audience would get the chance to support local talent in the best possible way.