Chiara – July 2015

 

Chiara 2bChiara is one of the most successful Eurovision contestants to have never won Eurovision, having taken part three times and been in the Top 3 twice. She is Malta’s most successful Eurovision artist ever and she continues to perform across Europe.

Chiara’s first entry to Eurovision came in 1998 with “The One That I Love”. Her performance in Birmingham catapulted her to the top of the scoreboard, and she was in first position with only one country, Macedonia, left to vote – Malta was on 165 points, Dana International for Israel on 164 points and Imaani for the UK on 156 points. Macedonia gave Israel 8 points, putting Dana International on 172 points; then 10 points to United Kingdom giving Imaani a total of 166 points; and the douze points went to… Croatia! Macedonia didn’t give Chiara a single point, meaning she finished in third place, breaking the hearts of Maltese people across Europe. It was still their best Eurovision result at the time, equal with 1992 but with more points, but having been so close to the Eurovision crown we’re sure the joy at that result will only have come with time.

After her Eurovision success in 1998, Chiara released three albums in Malta and continued to perform regularly. She was also named “Best Female Artist” at the 1998 Malta Music Awards.

In 2005 she decided to try Eurovision again. Chiara successfully beat 21 other artists to represent her country, including past and future Maltese Eurovision stars Fabrizio Faniello, Olivia Lewis and Glen Vella. Chiara wrote the music and lyrics for her song “Angel” and once again she featured at the top of the leaderboard. This time the voting was less close, but Chiara managed to go one step further and finish in second place with 192 points to Helena Paparizou’s 230 points for Greece. Again this was Malta best Eurovision result, and it remains so today (Ira Losco had also finished second in 2002, but with fewer points).

Chiara returned to Malta Song for Europe in 2008, but this time as a presenter rather than a singer.

Having come so close on two occasions, Chiara decided to give Eurovision another try in 2009. This time she had to beat an amazing 55 other songs in the heats for Malta Song for Europe, which was whittled down to 20 songs in the final! But despite all the competition Chiara still triumphed and got to represent Malta once again with “What If We”. In Moscow Chiara sailed through the first semi-final, finishing sixth. But sadly she didn’t make it to the top of the leaderboard this time, finishing a respectable 22nd with 31 points behind Norway’s runaway winner Alexander Rybak.

In 2010 Chiara was given the honour of delivering the votes for Malta in Eurovision.

In total Chiara has been awarded a total of 388 votes across her three Eurovision final appearances, making her the fourth highest point scoring Eurovision artist of all time behind Sweden’s Carola, Russia’s Dima Bilan and Serbia’s Željko Joksimović.

Chiara has continued to perform across Europe, and she remains a firm favourite among Eurovision fans. She has released more hits and albums, including the Official Malta Gay Pride anthem “Believe (We Are One)” in 2010. She has also collaborated as “Two Divas” with another former Eurofest performer, Hera Bjork, producing a cover of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and we can’t wait to welcome her to Eurofest on 24 July!

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