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Sunday, 23 September 2012 15:56

KKI 2012: The Introduction of Live Backing Vocals

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One of the competitions which proudly promotes upcoming talent as well as the Maltese language as a leading form of communication through the world of the arts is the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and for the very first time this year, there were a number of changes brought in to the competition, one of them being the 60% Jury and the 40% Tele-Voting split in the Talent Żagħżugħ portion of the competition as well as the addition of LIVE backing vocals to have that special something to the song both the aforementioned category as well as that featuring the Talent Stabbilit. Both were introduced through two members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team who fought the conservative fight for change in the competition. Taking into account the former, there was one artist who took the risk to try and impress the present jury of the evening, that being none other Ludwig Galea, Mandy Micallef Grimaud, Mike Spiteri and Matthew Calleja. Live backing vocals have become common especially in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the fact that when going abroad, the rules and regulations state that all the vocals have to be performed live to the best possible ability. 


The track which indeed had the live backing vocalists on stage was Mill-Bidu Nett, a composition of Elton Zarb with lyrics by Rita Pace and a performance by Francesca Scerri who entered the competition for the third time. Nevertheless, despite a good performance, they succumbed to thirteenth place, just outside the top ten. It is quite intriguing how much the prerecorded backing vocalists have an effect on the final performance, with none other than the winner Deborah C coming to mind noting that her track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop had four backing dancers with head mics which mimed throughout the whole performance to the pre-recorded backing track which was over-masking most of the track itself. In fact, escflashmalta.com has engaged a vocal coach who wished to remain nameless and remarked that Deborah C usually has a better voice however the song is a bit low for her, it sits almost all the way through in her lower register so her voice is not sounding as pleasant as it should.


Many people have put a cloud on this victory as they believe that the interpretation given by the performer was not worthy of a winner despite other strong performances during the evening. Still, the jury does take everything into account and that is the most likely reason why Deborah was crowned as the winner of the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza joining the likes of fantastic live performers such as Miriam Christine, Amber, Mike Spiteri, Annabelle, Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Nadine Axisa, Kaya, Roger Tirazona and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. Nevertheless, it is always worth pointing out that the addition of live backing vocalists will surely be well accounted for in the future should it continue. Stay tuned for more news on escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks along with features with regards to some of the leading competitions in the Maltese Islands.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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