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Friday, 13 September 2013 13:25

KKI 2013: Teenage Finalists Revealed on NET TV

Throughout the years, Media.Link Communications has always sought to promote vocal talent of the future within the local music industry and therefore kept strengthening the Teenage Category within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Last night, Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi hosted their last edition of the series Indifest organised by NET Television throughout the summer in anticipation of the local music event. Eight (8) entries were performed live in front of a four member panel of judges which included; Amber, Lyndsay, Olivia Lewis and Annalise Ellul. Their vote counted for 60% of the final result with the other 40% belonging to the public who had made their preferences public for the past ten weeks.

Brooke; Best Solo Artist at the Malta Music Awards in 2013, Glen Vella; a former Eurovision Song Contest representative on behalf of Malta and Sarah Bonnici; winner of the Teenage Category at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were on hand as special guests of the programme alongside the resident dancing of Annalise Dance Studios. Whilst Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber revealed the names of the three (3) finalists, they noted that all of the eight (8) participants will be performing on the Granaries Stage as part of an opening number where they will cover the song Try originally by P!nk.

Demgħa - Christian u Jasmine (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Il-Ħolma - Jean Claude Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)

Kliem Maġija - Kimberly u Lyann (Minik / Lyann)

It is quite intriguing to point out that the three (3) finalists all happen to the songs of the same composer, Minik who has an oustanding seven (7) songs competing in the Established Category and ten (10) in total when combining these. It is the first time that a songwriter has managed that many entries in just one year of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to invite you to stay tuned within the next couple of days as the final interviews with artists competing in this years' edition will be published. In the meantime, if you haven't checked it out, we had the opportunity to speak to Danica Muscat earlier!

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIN4S2B5C6I

Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:45

Malta: Interview with Daniel Muscat (KKI 13)

Daniel Muscat, a young and upcoming male vocalist whose experience in the music industry has somewhat been limited to two major competitions, one held on ONE Television, bearing the name Malta Hit Song Contest and more recently, the Raise Your Game Challenge with Tenishia which featured four finalists. In this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Daniel will be performing the song Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Daniel a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it 'could do with a better production but Daniel has a very warm voice'.  awarding it with six (6) points.

In 2010, Daniel Muscat made his debut within the local music scene following entry into the Malta Hit Song Contest with the track Glamorous written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a brand new experience for you as an artist and looking back, you might have done things differently in order to acquire a better end result. Nevertheless, as many have denoted, the competition was fierce and gave each participant the opportunity to present himself to the audience which in turn enjoyed the entries. What could you tell us about the Malta Hit Song Contest and would you support it’s return?

The Malta Hit Song Contest was a great opportunity for me. I was introduced to the local scene and people got to know me better. Glamorous was one of the first songs I had ever recorded, and Rita Pace had understood perfectly the style I wanted. It was thanks to her that I took part in this festival since she believed in me from the first time we met. As a competition it offered great exposure since we had a number of appearances on a television programme related to the festival, and overall I can say that I've learnt a lot from that experience. Obviously when looking back I'm sure I could have done things in a better way, however now I can only look back and learn from my mistakes. I really wish that the Malta Hit Song Contest returns since it was another great opportunity for Maltese artists to showcase their talent.

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track entitled Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. This is the very first time that you are competing in the elite music competition which has seen to the success of Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar and Amber amongst others. What could you tell us about the song in general and will there be anything special when it comes to the performance on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza set for the 19th September?

I am very honoured to be one of the finalists of this competition, thanks to the song "Int kont hemm", and for this reason I would like to thank the team who believed in me. From the first time I read the lyrics, and heard the melody, I loved the song! I believe that the combination of experiences and new ideas made this song what it is. Therefore when I was offered the song I had to accept it.

The song is very simple to understand, it can be dedicated to anyone that was there to offer his help and support through difficult times. Every person listening to the song can relate to it, and I think that this is what makes it special, thus my performance on the night will be kept simple in order for the viewers to be able to really listen to the song, however I will not be giving anymore details. You will see for yourselves on the 19th of September.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co_5jvPqYqU

During the aforementioned participation in the Malta Hit Song Contest, you had the opportunity to perform a duet with an artist of your choice and you decided to collaborate with Jessika, a finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the most recent being earlier this year with the song Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. What was the reasoning behind calling upon Jessika for the performance and did you believe that her vocals complemented the song in a manner where it became totally different?

At that time Jessika was already well known with the public, and she had participated successfully in the previous editions of the Malta Hit Song Contest and since we are also related I thought it would be a great idea for her to sing with me. The duet worked very well, and her voice gave a new dimension to the song. It was quite challenging since Rita Pace had to rewrite the lyrics in a way that the song became an interaction between two different persons. This gave me the opportunity to connect better with Jessika. I had the opportunity to sing with Jessika for a number of times, and it was a great experience every time. I would like to thank her for believing in me, and for helping me out every time I needed some advice.

It seems that you are making a name for yourself as an artist, recalling your experience in the aforementioned competition and also the Raise Your Game with Tenishia competition sponsored by Vodafone but you have also dabbled in some songwriting. At the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest in 2011, you entered the song Memoirs performed by Karen DeBattista with music by Mark Scicluna. Being a vocalist and a songwriter is entirely different but nevertheless represent aspects of the same industry. How did you find each experience and do you prefer one over the other?

Each experience is different in its own way, depends on the circumstance as well. In the Raise Your Game competition I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tenishia where they produced a track for us, and we had to compose and write our own melody for it. Eventhough I did not win the competition however the feedback I got was great and apart from that I also had the opportunity to work with a great duo, who are also in the Top 50 list of DJ's from around the world! 

Writing lyrics for another singer is also a great experience as  you can transmit your own thoughts through someone else's voice. Mark Scicluna gave me an opportunity to work with him, and together we found out about Karen DeBattista, thanks to Marie Claire Attard Bason. It was a great experience, and apart from working with a great team, I also made great friends. Song writing, and singing are two very different forms of expression but I have to say that the best experience is when you have the opportunity to sing your own compositions, therefore I prefer singing myself.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to tell all the readers to keep supporting Maltese talent, as sometimes we do underestimate our own capabilities as a country. I think we have a lot of talent in Malta and if we give each singer the support required, they might get far in their career. For the foreign followers I would like to thank them for following the Maltese music scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRLfrN8_4TI

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Minik, a singer/songwriter who is known to the masses as Dominic Cini returns to the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as a solo artist for the first time since 2004. Since then he appeared in the competition on another two occasions, the first time in a duet with his wife, Ina Robinic and second time round in a group known as Ħbieb Maltin. This time round, Minik is presenting the track Armonija which he composed to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Minik a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Minik, they stated that 'there is too much happenning with the song' but agreed on giving six (6) points.

In recent months, you were given the opprtunity to shy away from being a lead vocalist and ake up a secondary role on one of the most watched television series during the past season, that entitled D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta. A proud supporter of the series, escflashmalta.com saw you perform an original song in Maltese on one of the episodes but nevertheless, how did you manage to combine the two forms of entertainment together?

It was not the first time for me to sing and act at the same time on stage, noting that I have taken part in several pantomimes and musicals along the years, but to perform in front of a camera with full blown choreography. It was my first time and I enjoyed it!

You're a singer, you're an actor and also a songwriter and as a matter of fact, also responsible for the music of your entry 'Armonija'. This is one of the several tracks you have submitted into the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. How do you manage to diversify and personalise the styles for each individual and what feeling does each track evoke within you?

Before I start to compose a song the most important thing for me is to know the singer well, what type of music she loves and would like to sing and listen to some of her songs if she/he is a newcomer.  Then I start to compose preferably before the lyrics are done.  As I`m composing i always imagine the singer on stage perform the song so it will help me to bring out the best of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGdi3RhYLPc

The song you're presenting in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza entitled 'Armonija' is penned by Stephen Baldacchino. The genre of this track is somewhat new to the competition and at the same time reminscent to the popular 'Lion King' musical which is the longest running showcase in the West End. How does it feel to set new standards within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and what inspired you to write this type of song?

After last year`s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which I had the pleasure of being a part of as a composer and not as a singer, I started thinking about composing something totally different with all those voices with different harmonies which makes the song different from others.

What makes your entry different from others competing in this years' edition of the local music competition is the fact that it has a lyrical sense which is very much straight to the point. You want to pass on the message that the aim of music is to bring everyone together with a secondary reason for reason to forget that problems. Do you think that music does truly have the power to evoke such emotions and do you think that you will manage to bring out the best of lyrics for the audience present?

I believe in the message of the song, and I believe that every singer can pass a message to an audience as long as the interpretation is well planned.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to thank escflashmalta.com for their support throughout the year and I would also like to send my sincere gratitude to all those who support my music!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23lRKfCPv6A

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Josef and Johanna, a duet which features a male and female counterparts with surprisingly different backgrounds yet brought together for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza where they will be performing the track Inwegħdek composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Josef and Johanna a little bit better. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to the duet, they were somewhat short in their analysis stating that the whole set-up 'needs a bit of spark' ultimately awarding them with five (5) points, and categorising them as average.

Inwegħdek composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino is the third competing duet in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza following Li Jien Illum performed by Simarija & Mikhail and Gloria sung by Mauro & Kim.  It is quite intriguing to denote that the showcase has not presented as much collaborations in recent years and now you are in direct competition with another two songs. What makes your entry different from the other ones when deciding who to vote for?

First of all, the three duets have different styles and we’re sure that each duo will do their very best on the final night. Our song Inwedghek has very powerful and strong vocals, the melodies, harmonies and voice techniques used make the song a number to look forward to on the final night. Furthermore, our song can be interpreted in various ways: first, as a couple, promising each other of always being there in times of trouble; secondly, people who promise others to give a helping hand in times of need.  We believe that the elements of our song will thus transfer a positive feeling to our listeners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8YoMJlXxTE

Josef, an individual who doesn’t need too much of an introduction when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with 2013 marking a fifth participation. Your last entry back in the 2010 edition of the showcase was also a duet with Francesca, entitled Deċiżjoni Tal-Qalb, which you co-wrote together and ultimately saw to it finishing in fifth place at the end of the evening. It was your best showing within a local competition and therefore, you are hoping to build on that success in the next couple of weeks. Each experience recalls a different story but how will they aid you as you take to the stage this time round? 

One learns from each experience to always improve in order to achieve better results in the future. I believe that listening to different music styles and singing with different people who have different musical backgrounds, helps one professional singing career. Being part of one of Malta’s top Gospel Choirs, Animae, has also made me a better singer due to the fact that each choir member is different in their vocal ability and so it made me realise that working with different individuals will improve one’s vocal ability and also increase one’s appreciation towards different music styles and voice techniques. As regards to Festival Indipendenza, I must say that since participating in 2007 with the song Tarantella, which placed 4th (jury results) and 2nd (televoting), I was met with many opportunities where I was able to improve and succeed in my singing career.

Johanna, a relative newcomer to the local music scene and competing as a leading vocalist for the very first time but nevertheless has somewhat been in the background for quite a couple of years. Earlier this year, you had the opportunity to join Deborah C as a backing vocalist during her performance of the track Love-O-Holic composed by Johan Bejerholm to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is an astonishing venue and the crowd for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is quite warm in comparison to other events. What could you recall of that experience and how are you aiming to come out of the shadow of being a back-up singer?

I have been singing for quite some time now and although I’m not a very familiar face as a lead singer I must say that I had my share of experience.  Singing as a backing vocalist with various Maltese artists, I was able to meet different people such as: Zucchero, U2 UK (tribute to the band U2), and quite recently, Johnny Logan.  Being a backing vocalist is always a different experience, and I thank Deborah C for taking me on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stage with her both this year and last year.  Unfortunately though, being a backing vocalist in Malta does not get you anywhere because in order to practise your passion, many-a-times, you have to be famous on this small island. Now that I am finally about to show my talent as a lead singer (along with Josef who is amazing); I hope to be able to work with some of Malta’s established composers, authors and singers....and maybe one day with foreign ones as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEfJ8L1q62M

It has been already noted that this will be the third duet of the evening and as a matter of fact, Inwegħdek will perform in slot number ten that means that it will be half way through the competition. Unfortunately, all of the duets will be performed within the first half of the showcase and therefore, this could prove difficult for the judges to make a respective decision. What are your thoughts about performing within this slot and how are you planning to present your entry on stage? 

We think that we have a good slot. The song has a mellow feeling and the lyrics have a strong meaning. We believe that our song has an important element of friendship which I’m sure the judges and the audience will enjoy. We have also decided to keep our stage performance simple in order to let the judges and the audience focus on the true meaning of the song, which will be delivered to them through both our melodical voices and unique friendship. As for a surprise on stage, well, there might be something, but yet again it will be simple and eye catching. The most important thing we are planning for is for us to give the best performance on the night and last but not least to enjoy our experience together and make it a memorable one.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those supporting us in this festival and also in our singing career. We feel really honoured to have enormous support. We would also like to take the opportunity to thanks Stephen and Minik for believing in us but most importantly we would like to thank our parents, families and friends who keep on supporting us till the very end. Thanks and God Bless You All xxx 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DMFroTA2Ug

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Saturday, 17 August 2013 16:00

Malta: Interview with Raquel Galdes (KKI 13)

Raquel, a young female vocalist who does not dare to dream big is into her first final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having never tried to get through to the competition before hand. She will be performing the song Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Raquel a little bit better. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Raquel, they stated that 'she has 'Dido' type of voice, and if great at changing from chest to head voice but a bit too much at times. She needs to use it as a too for dynamics'. At the end, they decided to award her with six (6) points.

Raquel, on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. According to initial public feedback, it seems that your entry has been received extremely well by the public, with the poll on escflashmalta.com as well as the official tele-voting figures ranking you extremely high. Would you care to share with us the meaning of the song and did you imagine it would be such a success?

This is my first year in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, as well as my first try. I did not expect it to be such a success and I am so surprised! The song is about the materialism that we live in. There are people who don’t consider any emotions that they can cause to others. They treat others badly while others suffer! The word ‘pupa’ is an adjective that many guys use to describe girls, while ignoring how they really feel and what they really want.. and this hurts sometimes. 

Throughout the years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has created a relatively concrete career for artists within the local music scene, the most recent being that of Amber who went onto reach the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, join Kurt Calleja as a backing vocalist abroad and also perform with renowned tenor Joseph Calleja on The Granaries during his annual concert last year. What does it mean for you to be in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza knowing the possibilities that could lie ahead?

This is a great motivation for me! It encourages to work more as an opportunity might surprise me and I want to be 100% ready for it. I think that Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a great opportunity as well as a great exposure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoK1I7NbHGU

The Established Category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been said to be losing a bit of edge unfortunately with all of the upcoming artists who are seemingly passing through to the latter stages of the competition. As a newcomer, you are one of such artists who have come under fire from the general public in thinking that you might be somewhat presumptuous in thinking that the rise to fame and success is this easy and that amendments should be made to the rules and the regulations of the showcase. What is your point of view with regards to this and what would you say to the commentators? 

I have been singing from the age of 4. There was a time when I thought that giving up was the best solution to be taken as there wasn’t such a good feedback but then, I worked harder on a style that suits me much more. To be at this stage for me wasn’t that easy. It seems easy to the public as it was my first try as well as my first year in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, but there has to be a start point in every career. To the commentators I would like to mention that nobody was popular from the beginning and every artist have a different beginning as well as a different career. This might look like my start, and I think that I deserve it after my hard work.  

Raquel, apart from being a complete newcomer to the local music scene, you are also one of the youngest artists to compete in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and with that sweet voice and lovely charm, it seems that the people warm up to you relatively easily. With the younger generation, we always prefer to denote that it would be the beginning of a long career but nevertheless, what are your plans for the immediate future following your participation within this competition?

It depends on the opportunities that I will be given. I will continue working on my voice as of course there are a lot of things that have to be improved on. 

What would you like to tell our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I hope that you like my entry in Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza! Thankyou for supporting me and all the other singers to make this festival such a success and thankyou for all your positive feedback. Your support gives me more motivation and encourages me to work more on my voice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMlwp00tNUk

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Marie Claire, one of the up and coming artists within the local music scene who has already been through to several festivals in recent years, making it to the finals of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, Malta International Hit Song Contest and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. This year, she will be competing within this showcase for the second time and the track she is presenting entitled Perper Rebbieħa is composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com with the hope of Marie Claire telling us a little bit more about her career in music. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Marie Claire, they remarked that the 'Maltese is not sung well, with the pronounciation of the 'T' somewhat too much' awarding her just five (5) points.

On the 19th September, on the Granaries in the locality of Floriana, you will be presenting the track Perper Rebbieħa, composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino during this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. An anthem would be the best way to describe the song, with your vocals concentrated on the subtle elements which best represents both the public and the country. What was your initial feeling towards the song when you heard it for the very first time?

I immediately loved it. I’ve always wanted a song that best describes prestigious elements that makes the Maltese people unique and proud of our ancestors. Even the music; it is powerful and appropriate for my voice. I wanted a track where I can show my range of vocals and keep people on their toes. 

At the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were approached by former participant of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Francesca Borg to be a backing vocalist alongside Grecia Bezzina and Karen DeBattista, the latter of which will be performing just before you this year. Opportunities such as those do not come by as often as one imagines and are thus appreciated. Would could you tell us of your experience within the showcase and will you be giving such an opportunity to other artists during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza?

The experience was obviously one of the best times I’ve ever had throughout my singing carrier. Although it is very stressful to meet up for rehearsals and so, just being on that stage in front of hundreds of people, it’s an amazing feeling. During this year’s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, I will be giving the opportunity to four of my friends; Alex, Mirko, Michela and Rachel, to be with me on stage as backing vocalists. I can’t wait for the day to come and experience this with them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mR4RpvJIOA

Alongside Karen DeBattista, you were one of the finalists in this years’ edition of Passport 2 Indifest whose winner got a direct entry into the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. For the second year running, you ended up as the first runner-up and that would definitely a confidence downer but nevertheless, your abilities were then recognised by two different panels of judges that selected your entry as a finalist. What did you make or your experience on Passport 2 Indifest and did you ever think that you might not return to the showcase for a second participation?

A downer? Nah, it only made me stronger and more determined to make it on my own, which happened, but nevertheless, my experience on Passport 2 Indifest has been wonderful and it has thought me a lot. In this experience, I met new people and made new friends. Passport 2 Indifest has even helped me to find more confidence in myself and improve in my voice. Did I have doubts in returning again to the showcase? Honestly, YES. As I’ve tried entering the showcase from 2009 but never made it again. But I never gave up. Fortunately I have found a lot of people that support and believe in me and encourage me to keep on trying.

In 2009, you got through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time having led to your qualification within other events including the Malta Hit Song Contest and L-Ghanja tal-Poplu. The track that you had presented, entitled Ma Rridx Ninbidel composed by Sean Vella to the lyrics of Rita Pace was totally opposite for the song you are presenting this time round. The jury on the night of the contest weren’t too ecstatic and unfortunately, the song ranked poorly towards the end of the evening. Looking back at the experience, would you have done anything differently with the hope of achieving a better result?

To be fair, in 2009, I went on that stage very sick. I had no voice and no energy to sing whatsoever. But I didn’t wand to drop out of the showcase, only just because I had spent a lot of money on making a dress and had put in a lot of work throughout the whole summer for the performance. I was only 16 years old and did not know how to properly handle the situation, nerves also kicked in on that day. Over all, I had a lot of positive feedback on the track by many people and till this day, people are still coming up to me and funnily enough they still remember me from that track, some also start singing it’s catchy chorus

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

To the escflashmalta readers, Hope you like the track and I hope that it is appreciated for its true meaning. Thank you for appreciating Maltese talent and supporting local talent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZUn6XoHVog

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Nicole Brincat, a young female vocalist whose tutor is none other than Kaya, a former finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In her first major experience, she is set to compete within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Ħallini Ngħidlek, composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. Below, through five questions set forth by the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, the readers will get the opportunity to get to know Nicole a little bit better as past experiences are brought forward along with thoughts about the future. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Nicole, they remarked that she has a 'good voice, character, and stunning expression' and then awarding her a strong seven (7) points.

Maestro Paul Abela, one of the leading figures in the music industry was responsible for the live music during the vocal programme Arpeġġi which aired on NET Television during the autumn/winter schedule back in 2011. You had the opportunity to join the finalists during the series and many had thought that you were always a strong vocalist beyond your years. How did that experience help shape out the artist that you have become today and will you be turning back the clock in order to calm your nerves prior to the performance on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in September?

Arpeggi 2011 was the first Televised programme in my career. It gave me the chance to get to know a lot of people in the local music industry. Since I passed to the final stages of the series it gave me more time to adhere to such programmes and to enhance my skills obviously as it was a competitive arena. It was a good start for me and the support and encouragement I gained from the public in general gave me the strength to work harder to continue to improve. I will continue to work harder so that when I hit the stage for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipenza in September I will give my best performance.

Despite having already been part of a television programme which sought to promote the young, upcoming talent, it seems that your career might be picking up relatively quickly, having managed to get through to the established portion of the competition on your first trial. During the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Ħallini Ngħidlek composed by Minik with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino. The song, a ballad is extremely emotional and your vocals toward the end are actually tested accordingly with the songs’ power. Would you please tell us what the song is about and whether you perform it with someone in mind?

After Arpeggi 2011 I had some discussions with 2 of the Top local Music Artists Minik and Stephen Baldacchino as they wanted to work with me in a future festival, I obviously saw this as a door opener and accepted without hesitation. During these last months they developed this ballad Hallini Nghidlek, I immediately fell in love with this song due to several reason but the first and foremost because of its lyrics as they remind me for my grandfather who was like my father and my friend. I lost him 3 months ago and I miss him so much. I will sing the song to him and I am sure he will be there to listen every word of it as he always encouraged me and gave me tremendous support to get where I am today......

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

Claudia Faniello, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Amber and Ira Losco might not have a lot of things in common but nevertheless, they are all former winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, having triumphed in 2006, 2009, 1998, 2010 and 2001 respectively. Most of them kick started their career in such a local competition, performing in Maltese to an audience who attends for the sheer excitement of listening to their own tongue. Has the element that you will be performing in such a prestigious competition kicked in already especially noting the type of success that normally follows being part of the final?

Being part of the finals is already a great achievement for me as it is my first time to form part of this prestigious competition. I have all the necessary time to practice for it and then perform with the top local singers. It is really exciting to me and I will certainly enjoy every second of it.   Giving my best performance and enjoying the time are my first targets, doing very well and finishing at the top will be a great bonus for me. Doing well will undoubtedly give me a great boost in my career and will open many other doors, but lets take it step by step.

Ħallini Ngħidlek, composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino is currently one of the entries which the public is definitely showing a lot of support towards, ranking in seventh place within the tele-voting portion of the competition as well as being in the top five of the escflashmalta.com poll regarding the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The tele-voting and the final result are seperate at the actual competition but nevertheless pose an intriguing element of surprise towards what the general public and the professionals enjoy listening to. To what do you owe the support of the public and do you agree with the idea of promoting the public and the jury through different awards?

Doing well in the polls is really inspiring since the it reflects that the listeners are enjoying my song, being the lyrics, the music etc it is a great start. Ultimately I believe that it is the final performance that counts and the way the song touches the general public and the professional listening to it. There are other great songs in this competition and what can be a better way to know that listeners are enjoying my song too??? It is great to know what the general public and professionals are saying by their votes, It gives you a clear indication where you can improve or polish. 

I really like the song, its lyrics and the music and I want to thank Stephen Baldacchino and Minik for giving me this opportunity as they believed in me. I want to owe the support of the public because they like the lyrics and the music of the song, I will then do my utmost to perform it in the best way I could so that they will enjoy it more... Performing in different concerts having a different voting system is always a great experience. Sometimes the voting system may act in favour and sometimes against. The result is very important but enjoying the time is always more important.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I  would like to thank the editor of escflashmalta.com for the time to get to know me better and for bringing me closer to the readers. I would like to thank everyone who listened to my song and those who voted for me. Your support is immensely appreciated. Thank you all hopefully we will be in touch again in the near future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm7pYw6tv9M

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