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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has firmly established itself as a leading competition in the local music scene with the culture calender singling out the occasion as one of the main days in which the national language of the country is promoted through the medium of music. In fact, it is to be pointed out that the showcase is only one of two which promotes the respective language and will surely remain popular as the years go by due to the fact that the long list of participants represents the positive outcome of the industry. There aren't many things which could be said to be common between the likes of Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono but one of them is surely that they have all been crowned winners of the event since it returned way back in 1997 following a break of ten years. Those who have gone onto finish in high placings have also established their position amongst the elite going onto represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest for example. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, three (3) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Georgina who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1991 alongside Paul Giordimaina with the song Could It Be securing sixth place before returning as a composer in 1992 for the track Little Child, then as a backing vocalist for This Time performed by William Mangion in 1993 and finally as a composer for the track Another Summer Night which represented Malta in 2001. Also joining Georgina was Janvil who has most notoriously finished in the runner-up position at both the Malta Eurosong as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past.

As one could note above, this will be quite a special week actually because there will be not two (2) people from the established category but three (3) and this is due to the fact that there was a particular week in which the programme was not broadcast due to a holiday. This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Roseanne Cordina who will be performing the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. The second guest during the evening who will also be competing is Corinne Caruana who is set to perform the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace.

The third track to be performed during the evening will be the one by Danica Muscat who is also a returnee from last years' competition. She will be performing the track Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. The entry to be performed this evening is Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Sarah Bonnici. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there.

The programme will as always have a special guest or two and is proud to exclusively reveal that NET Television has managed to attract none other than Natasha and Charlene back to the world of television as they intend to comeback for a special appearance tomorrow having been past winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, first time in 2004 with the song L-Arka Tal-Liberta' and second time with the group Is-Sitta performing the song Iva Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 respectively. They have not appeared since the 2009 Malta Eurosong and this will be their first major television performance in three years. In the meantime, another former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will also be present tomorrow with Nadine Axisa dropping in for a special performance having just officially gone in hiatus from local competitions a couple of weeks back. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza,

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),

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