Young and passionate performer Mikaela has outshone competition to clinch the title of Vodafone Upcoming Artist 2011.
Eight finalists emerged from a number of highly enjoyable and vibrant Jamming Sessions held at Temptasian, The Palace. The eight finalists vied for the title as they wowed a 350-strong audience on the final night.
Mikaela, who is looking forward to an exciting musical future ahead said: “here’s a wild outburst of thanks to all those who not only popped by at the jamming sessions, voted for me and liked my video but also who supported me through this Vodafone Upcoming Artist 2011 competition, held by Vodafone Malta, The Palace and Mro Sigmund Mifsud all of whom I’m giving my utter gratitude to.
"Another deluge of thanks goes to my family and friends and last but not least, Jimmy Bartolo, Banjo Cachia and Yorika Attard for rocking the stage with me. I’m highly pleasedto have sailed through a great experience and I’m looking forward to the musical future which lies ahead of me.”
This music and talent competition went viral as videos of the eight finalists were uploaded on Vodafone’s local Facebook Page. The public could ‘Like’ the videos and vote through SMS so that voting worked out through 20% SMS voting, 20% from Facebook “likes”, 40% judging panel and 20% from artistic director Sigmund Mifsud. Gianluca placed 2nd and Chris Grech placed 3rd – well merited podium placings.
The aim of the Vodafone Jamming Sessions is to provide new emerging Maltese singers and musicians with the opportunity to perform live before an audience and compete for the title.
The competition was open to anybody over the age of 16 who performs pop and rock music. All finalists said the experience was a learning curve due to the fact that they had to organize the accompanying musicians themselves whilst deciding which songs to perform both for the jamming sessions and the final night. Some also said the experience gave a good boost to their self-confidence. The event was a highly enjoyable experience – definitely to be repeated they said. All finalists got together on the final night to perform a closing song.
Mikaela went home with a Vodafone smartphone plan for 12 months including a smartphone of her choice as well as a 2-night stay at the Music Suite at The Palace.