Malta: Young Emerging Starlets in the Music SceneWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
In recent years, there has been a lot of talk that when it comes to local competitions, the music scene has been somewhat in decline noting that there have been a number of artists to have kept their place with no upcoming talent taking a shot at becoming part of the future but all seems to be changing especially when looking at the last couple of months. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest remains to be the biggest event throughout the year and it seems that a set of professional judges made sure to pick the best possible talent that submitted this time round noting a different emergence of acts that did well to represent the music scene. Despite all of this, the public still needs to embrace new talent when it comes to the tele-voting portion of the competition. Other local competitions like the Konkors kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Għanja tal-Poplu also present opportunities for new talent to emerge.
One of the most highly regarded individuals to come out in recent months has been none other than the extremely competent Danica Muscat whose stunning vocals at eighteen years old are ones to look out for many years to come. The very first time that she shined in a competition was during the Junior Eurosong back in 2007 when she performed the track Stolen which she wrote herself. Unfortunately, she could only manage second place losing out to Cute whose entry Music was deemed to fit the Junior Eurovision Song Contest better. Nevertheless, she continued to grow and made it to the live shows of the hit reality music show Io Canto in Italy as shown on Canale 5. She did ultimately return to Malta and entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2011 with a track penned by Christopher Azzopardi and composed by Marco Debono entitled Kliem Li M'Għidtlek Qatt. Despite being sick, she gave a masterful performance and finished in tenth place. Her culminating moment came at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this year, making the finals with the song 7 Days written by Philip Vella. She is looking forward to competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the second time with the song Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.
Another masterful name to come out of the Junior Eurosong selection is that of Domenique whose name is surely recognizable by a lot of standards considering the success she has managed to receive in a number of local competitions during the years. Unfortunately, the consistent attempts to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest did not work out too well noting that she did enter the competition way back in 2005 with It's Time to Party and in 2006 with The Key without reminding ourselves of her Junior Rodeo duet with Kurt Galea in 2007 and her last entry being Jigsaw Puzzle in 2010. Her first major competition would be the Teenage category of the Talent Żagħżugħ in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Miegħi Hemm Int composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner but people will surely remember her even more for making the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the song I'll Follow the Sunshine written by a pair of foreigners, those who wrote the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1982. Nevertheless, she is also looking forward to competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.
Source: JJ Chircop (Image), escflashmalta.com