The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has firmly established itself as a leading competition in the local music scene with the culture calender singling out the occasion as one of the main days in which the national language of the country is promoted through the medium of music. In fact, it is to be pointed out that the showcase is only one of two which promotes the respective language and will surely remain popular as the years go by due to the fact that the long list of participants represents the positive outcome of the industry. There aren't many things which could be said to be common between the likes of Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono but one of them is surely that they have all been crowned winners of the event since it returned way back in 1997 following a break of ten years. Those who have gone onto finish in high placings have also established their position amongst the elite going onto represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest for example. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.
The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, three (3) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Georgina who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1991 alongside Paul Giordimaina with the song Could It Be securing sixth place before returning as a composer in 1992 for the track Little Child, then as a backing vocalist for This Time performed by William Mangion in 1993 and finally as a composer for the track Another Summer Night which represented Malta in 2001. Also joining Georgina was Janvil who has most notoriously finished in the runner-up position at both the Malta Eurosong as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past.
As one could note above, this will be quite a special week actually because there will be not two (2) people from the established category but three (3) and this is due to the fact that there was a particular week in which the programme was not broadcast due to a holiday. This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Roseanne Cordina who will be performing the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. The second guest during the evening who will also be competing is Corinne Caruana who is set to perform the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace.
The third track to be performed during the evening will be the one by Danica Muscat who is also a returnee from last years' competition. She will be performing the track Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. The entry to be performed this evening is Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Sarah Bonnici. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there.
The programme will as always have a special guest or two and escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that NET Television has managed to attract none other than Natasha and Charlene back to the world of television as they intend to comeback for a special appearance tomorrow having been past winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, first time in 2004 with the song L-Arka Tal-Liberta' and second time with the group Is-Sitta performing the song Iva Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 respectively. They have not appeared since the 2009 Malta Eurosong and this will be their first major television performance in three years. In the meantime, another former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will also be present tomorrow with Nadine Axisa dropping in for a special performance having just officially gone in hiatus from local competitions a couple of weeks back. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest.
The very first programme of any season is always going to be somewhat an intriguing one and this is due to the fact that there would be expectations and for yet another year, Media.Link Communications have set up the perfect preparation for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which is heading into the twenty first year following last years' epic anniversary. There have been a number of changes which have been implemented this time round thanks for a host of ideas brought forward by the committee of the competition led by Chairman Mark Azzopardi. One of the most interesting is surely the promotion of the songs just before they are performed on the programme. The preview videos were recorded at NET Television by a professional crew and then uploaded through viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, we encourage you to get to know the people in the competition better through Indifest and escflashmalta.com so that one could associate a track to a particular performer before ultimately voting.
The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza features a host of talent noting that there are a number of newcomers as well as individuals who have been rightfully earning their place in the local music industry. Apart from meeting three (3) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and one from the Teenage Category, there is also a weekly special guest, one who has somewhat become popular through a number of events but also brings about experience from this particular competition, one of the two that still promote the Maltese language through the medium of song. In fact, last week, the programme had the proud pleasure of presenting Mike Spiteri who was the winner of last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza ewith the track B'Rieda tal-Azzar written by Ray Agius but then again, many people would remember a number of his contributions to the competition including ones such as Grazzi Mill-Qalb and Rebbiegħa Ġdida amongst others.
Once more, returning as a producer for this episode and for all of the series is none other than Mark Azzopardi who is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. It is somewhat imperative to have such a distinctive persona behind both the programme and the competition so that there is a merge in terms of decisions. There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to make sure that all of the finalists receive the same amount of promotion noting the videos, the photo shoot and also the appearances on the actual programme which is being hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa, two names who clearly need no introduction to the viewers of NET Television and also other broadcasters. In this weeks' episode, the main guests from the Established Category will be none other than Christian Azzopardi with the song Kburin Bik composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop and also Francesca Scerri with the track Mill-Bidu Nett composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace. The former did not actually make it through with the vocals of the man noting that finalist, Domenique Azzopardi decided to give him her song.
From the teenage Cateogry, there will also be a live performance by Maria Debono who will be performing the song Aħna ż-Żagħżagħ composed by Kaya and penned by Joe Chircop. The special guest for this weeks' edition of Indifest will be none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representative Glen Vella who had failed to qualify to the finals of the event by just one point having performed the track One Life to his best possible abroad. Nevertheless, he had been in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on many occasions with his last performance coming back in 2009 with the track Kuntent composed by Sean Vella and penned by Philip Vella which finished in tenth place during the evening. Therefore, with such a jam packed programme this evening, we encourage you to turn on NET Television at 20:30 and watch yet another Indifest hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber with all of the exciting questions posed by James Cassar.
The staging of every competition requires a team of dedicated personnel and last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza won by Mike Spiteri and his song B'Rieda Tal-Azzar was one of the most innovative thus far noting that seating was introduced for the very first time. This year, things are going to continue improving on what was built during the twentieth edition noting that Media.Link Communications has always been fully fledged to support local talent of all kinds. This years' competition features a mixture of newcomers and established personnel but what is clear is that those who were competing in the junior ranks not too long ago have now found their way amongst the elite it seems. Indifest has been picked up for yet another season in aid of the competition and this year, it will be bigger and better than it has been in the past so stay tuned.
For the second time in her young career, Christine Haber will be the leading female host of the programme and thus the competition and she will be joined by none other than someone who brings in his fair share of experience in hosting popular shows. I am talking about Ronald Briffa, who recently got the opportunity to host the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also be our main commentator alongside last years' female host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Elaine Saliba. In the meantime, the programme whilst meeting up with the various contestants in this years' edition, notably two (2) competing in the Established category and another one (1) competing in the Teenage Category, there will be the typical questions with a hint of satire asked by newcomer host James Cassar, who experience in the world of entertainment is clearly gaining pace noting his work in creating events around the country. He was also one of the judges during the initial phases of the 2011 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.
The merge between the committee of the competition and indeed is very much apparent this year noting that the Chairman, Mark Azzopardi also picture above will be producing the programme himself in order to keep everything in line with what the committee would like to see put forth. Promotion is vital to each and every contestant and Mark along with the team on the show and the team behind the competition will look to it that everything happens as it should. During the first programme, the guests will be none other than Stephanie Zammit with the track Abjad u Iswed composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg, Rachel Verzin who will be taking part with Dell L-Istilel composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Stephen Baldacchino and Derrick Schembri with the song Niftakar Fik composed by the same Dominic Cini and penned by Stephen Baldacchino. The latter will be performing live whilst the former two will perform in playback.
There will be a number of twists and turns during this years' edition of the programme Indifest so one has to make sure to keep his eyes peeled open for everything that Christine and Ronald utter out of their mouths noting that all of the songs might be coming closer to you, much more quicker than you think, hence, be quick to react as an announcement is made. Indifest along with the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is being fully supported for the third year running by escflashmalta.com as we aim to promote everything possible when it comes to the local music scene. One last note that we would like to mention is that there will be a notable amount of special guests during the series and the first one will be none other than 1995 Eurovision Song Contest representative and last years' winning entrant Mike Spiteri who was also a judge during the initial judging phase of this years' competition. Therefore, on Tuesday at 20:30 CET, tune in to NET Television for the first programme!