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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.

01. Aħna ż-Żagħżagħ - Maria Debono (Kaya / Joe Chircop)

02. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

03. Ftakar Fl-Imħabba - Jade Amber Muscat (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

04. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

05. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa)

06. L-Ewwel Imħabba - Darlene Sammut (Kaya / Rita Pace)

07. Niftakar Fik - Derrick Schembri (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

08. Noli - Natalya Galdes (Rita Pace)

09. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri)

10. X'Sar Minnhom - Mikaela Bajada (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

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.

Source: Media.Link Communications, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEFbjLJZhqg

Miriam Christine, Annabelle Debono, Ira Losco, Amber, Mark Tonna, Claudette Pace, Eleanor Cassar, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and most recently Mike Spiteri all have something in common and that is, that they have all managed to overcome their respective obstacles to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the most notable competition which promotes music in the Maltese language. Several of the individuals mentioned above were still up and coming when they managed to achieve the feat and therefore truth be told, the showcase helped them achieve the status and regard that they hold in present times. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza first took place in 1983 but following four years, it had to be stopped in 1987 before making an even more successful return in 1997. Last year, Media.Link Communications appointed a brand new chairman, Mark Azzopardi who alongside his team including two members of the escflashmalta.com editorial board helped re-invent several aspects of the competition to make it more attractive both to the individuals concerned within the tracks and the audience watching. There has been a lot of exposure given to the acts in the past two years noting that this year, preview videos were shot for the very first time and could be seen through viral website, YouTube.

 

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 (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. The programme last week did not take place because of a national holiday so to speak but then again the week before, there were two special guests with a huge connection to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza noting that Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) has finished as the runner-up twice and also win with the track Dan Hu L-Mument in 2007. On the other hand, the second guest was Janice Mangion who had an extremely positive year reaching third place in the last edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Eternità and then reaching the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LucjOHNaZPs
 
For the seventh programme of Indifest, Mark Azzopardi, the Chairman of this years' committee for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza returns as producer alongside Lisa Libreri who has taken up the role of co-producer in the past four weeks. The role of producer is quite important to make sure that the television programme Indifest reflects the aim of the competition itself. In the past couple of years, things have not been so much in sync at times but this time round, things are relatively different so to speak. The programme which is broadcast live every Tuesday night is presented by Ronald Briffa, this years' male host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and Christine Haber, multiple host of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In this weeks' edition, it is imperative to note that the acts competing in the Established Category who will be making an appearance are none other than Marilena Gauci who will be performing the track Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop as well as Kristen Camilleri who will sing the track Flimkien composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2slaQ0hBQv8
 
The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is always looking to promote brand new talent and that is why the Teenage Category has always been promoted in the past couple of years. Week after week, there is a live performance by one of the ten competitors and frankly this is quite important due to the fact that 60% of the final vote will be based solely on this performance with members of the jury looking at the performances and marking the tracks as they please. This week, the turn goes to Natalya Galdes who will be performing the track Noli written by singer/songwriter Rita Paca. In the meantime, as always, there will be two guests and this week, Indifest will be meeting up with 1991 Eurovision Song Contest representative Georgina as well as multiple finalist and former second runner-up of the Malta Song for Europe and also first runner-up of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Janvil. So tonight on NET Television at 20:30 CET, make sure to tune into another programme of Indifest.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGljAiRvNvs