11 years old Federica Falzon has been set to represent Malta at Junior Eurovision 2014. The new was revealed yesterday when she returned to the island after winning the Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” together with her mate Vincenzo Carni and the song “Un Amore Cosi Grande”:
Federica’s vocal coach Gillian Attard has confirmed to ESC+Plus.com that the team behind the Maltese 2014 participation will be the same behind the Junior Eurovision 2013 winning entry “The Start”. The song will be composed by Elton Zarb and Matt Muxu Mercieca along with Federica Falzon. She will be trained by Gillian Attard from “La Voix Academy”, the best academy for young talents in Malta.
You can hear Federica Falzon covering the Romanian Eurovision 2013 entry “It’s my Life” and the Swedish Eurovision 2009 one “La Voix” below:
This is the second time a winner of “Ti Lascio una Canzone” joins Junior Eurovision, Michele Perniola, who represented San Marino at last year’s contest won the 2012’s edition of the Italian show.
Federica Falzon was born on the 17th February 2003. At a very young age she showed interest in music especially singing.
Her grandpa used to take her to karaoke clubs where most of the people who heard her singing, encouraged her to take singing seriously as she had a unique voice.
At the age of nine she was noticed at school by her music teacher, who heard her singing in the school yard. Maestro Zammit was impressed with her voice and encouraged her to start taking vocal coaching.
Federica took vocal lessons very seriously which led her to sing in front of an audience in Festa Hiliet 2011, a yearly event organized by St. Benedict College where she interpreted the country song Rose Garden and a solo part from the song Sailing by Rod Stewart, accompanied by the college orchestra under the direction of Maestro John D. Zammit. Maestro Zammit encouraged her to take singing as a future career.
She participated for the first time at a local festival in May 2012 with the country song Coalminer’s Daughter, where she placed in the 2nd position. On 3rd July 2012 she started to attend at La Voix Academy directed by Ms. Gillian Attard. Ms Attard urged her to opt for classical music as she noticed that her talent and ability was leading her to a promising Soprano.
She started competing in local festivals with songs such as La Voix, Phantom of the Opera, Nella Fantasia, Nessun Dorma , Canto della Terra, Spente le Stelle and many more where she always managed to place in the first places. After winning seven Overall Cups, in December 2012 she also made it to The Grand Prix Winner of the Year title in a Festival organized by Erseb Productions.
In February 2013 she was chosen to participate at the festival Sanremo D.O.C. where she competed with Maltese and Italian singers of different ages. Federicaplaced first in this prestigious festival with the song La Voix making good name for Malta, for herself and for the Academy.
With the backup of her loving parents and so called her guardian angel grandpa, she never looked back. Again she was invited by Maestro Zammit to honour theLuqa Union Band Club and perform during the Good Friday Procession accompanied by the local brass band. She sang live the Stava Maria Dolente , La Croce and Pie Jesu. Then again, the crowd was amazed by her voice, many commented about her unique mature voice at such a young age.
In July 2013 Federica, was once again invited by the same Union Band Club to sing on the occasion of St. Andrew’s Feast in Luqa main square. She performed the song Tragedy by Malena Ernmann, musical arrangement for the occasion by Mro John D. Zammit. This performance amazed all those present in Luqa Square and was given a well deserved standing ovation. To reciprocate, Maestro Zammit invited Federica on stage again to do the same performance all over again. For the second time, the crowd could not stop applauding in return for her impeccable performance.
Since then, Federica was invited to perform on several occasions during the local festa season around the island. Invitations are also being set to perform in 2014.
November 2nd 2013 Federica placed First with the song Ilwien il-Holqien in Festival Ghanja Gmiel is-Seba Noti, a very well organized festival by Erseb Productions. An original Maltese song written by Stephen Baldacchino and composed by Dominic Cini Minik and Gillian Attard the excellent vocal coach.
On April 2014 Federica wins “Ti Lascio una Canzone 2014”.
Junior Eurovision 2014 will take place in Malta on November 15th.