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Chiara Siracusa

Post  Alena on Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:33 am

Chiara Siracusa



Chiara after winning Malta's Eurosong 2009.
Background information
Birth name Chiara Siracusa
Born September 25, 1976
Origin Xewkija, Gozo, Malta
Genre(s) Ballad, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1998–present


Chiara, full name Chiara Siracusa (born 25 September 1976), is a Maltese singer, best known for representing her country in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, 2005, and in 2009.Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Eurovision 1998
1.2 Continued success
1.3 Eurovision 2005
1.4 Eurovision 2009
2 Eurovision entries
3 Discography

Biography

Eurovision 1998

In 1998, Chiara won Malta's Song for Europe festival, the national pre-selection for Eurovision, with the gentle ballad "The One That I Love", which she then took to the contest in Birmingham. With Eurovision being a national passion in a country that had so far never actually won the contest, much of Malta held its breath in the latter stages of the event as their entry held a joint lead with Israel, with the votes of only one country left to be heard. But Chiara was to suffer heartbreak in the end, as Macedonia gave her no points at all, leaving her behind the victorious Dana International of Israel, and even pushing her narrowly into third place behind Imaani of the United Kingdom. That was still enough to qualify as Malta's best ever placing at the time, from the 1992 contest. Chiara told in a BBC interview two years later that she cried for several hours in the bathroom of her hotel suite after losing at Eurovision, but she came to see her high scoring as an achievement. When Chiara returned to Malta after the contest, she was met by an estimated 6.000 cheering fans at Luqa airport.

Continued success

From 1998 to 2003, Chiara was managed by M & E Management Group, led by leading Maltese marketing and entertainment management consultant Massimo Ellul. During this period, Chiara transformed herself from a shy singer to a confident international entertainer, and recorded three albums. She performed extensively outside Malta and then, under the guidance of Maltese recording studio Bridge Productions, started preparing for yet another attempt to crack the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision 2005

In 2005, aiming for another chance at Eurovision, Chiara re-entered the Song for Europe festival, and along with 21 other entries reached the final on 19 February with the song Angel, another ballad which this time she wrote herself. For the first time, Malta's Eurovision entry was selected solely by a public vote. Chiara won with 11,935 phone calls, 566 ahead of her nearest rival Olivia Lewis, and so represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Chiara had the distinction of joining an unusually extensive list of 2005 competitors who had competed previously in the contest, including Iceland's 1999 runner-up Selma, and Greece's Helena Paparizou, who in the 2001 contest was lead singer of third-placed Antique.

Chiara came second in the Contest with 192 points, behind Greece. Siracusa scored more points than Malta's other Eurovision runner-up, Ira Losco, making "Angel" the most successful Maltese entry of all times.

Eurovision 2009

On 7 February 2009, Chiara won the Maltese preselection for the Eurovision 2009. She represented Malta in the first semi final in Moscow with her song What If We on May 12th. She qualified to the grand final, held on May 16th, and came 22nd in the final vote.
Eurovision entries
1998 – The One That I Love
2005 – Angel
2009 – What If We

Discography
1998: Shades Of One
2000: What You Want
2003: Covering Diversions
2005: Here I Am

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