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Saturday, 03 August 2013 08:00

Malta: Interview with Marie Claire (KKI 09, 13)

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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.


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.


Last modified on Saturday, 03 August 2013 08:08