Chiara and Martina’s singing talent was noticed first by their grandfather, who five years ago encouraged them to follow their passion. Three years later they met their mentor, Christian Cosentino, who raised the bar even higher and encouraged them to sing and compete on an international level.
After the victories in some local contests, in 2014 Chiara and Martina debuted on the Rai1 prime time talent show for teens ‘Ti lascio una canzone‘. After two winning nights, they qualified for the final night and earned third place.
The twins released their first single, ‘Sempre insieme’ and represented Italy at the New Wave Junior Contest 2014, where they were the runners-up, missing victory by only one point. In December 2014 Chiara and Martina were invited to Moscow, where they performed with the renowned Cuban singer Roberto Kel Torres.
This year, their success continued; performing again on Rai 1 and being invited back to New Wave Junior 2015 as special guests. They then won the Italian National Final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and are competing with their second single ‘Viva,’ written together with the best-selling artist Gigi D’Alessio.
‘Viva’ is about the dreams of the teens, their first love and new emotions. But it is also the sweet memories of their grandfather, who was the first to #discover their talent. “Remembering our grandad is the verse we like the most,” the twins explain. “It’s only a few words, but it means a lot to both of us and we know that he is still here with us.”
Chiara and Martina hope to do their very best in Bulgaria. “After winning the national final the affection of the people overwhelmed us: it’s like an army of fans that we didn’t expect to have. We must do our best for them too: we’d like to have fun and to make them have fun as well!”
Hello girls! First of all thank you so much for giving us this interview as Italian representatives at Junior Eurovision 2015 and congratulations on winning the ticket to Sofia!
ESC+Plus: The final duel of “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” had to be re-run and you lost the right to represent Italy for a few days. How did you feel when they told you the result had been invalidated? How did you feel when you won the duel for the second time?
When we were told they had to re-run the final duel we felt a bit sad, because we had already won, we had also made some celebrations with friends and family, all people had also congratulated us for the victory… We didn’t have any doubts that we had won the contest, so we were happy to repeat it. The second victory was beautiful and exciting.
E+: How did you receive the proposal to compete at the national final for Junior Eurovision? What does representing Italy after winning last year mean for you?
The news came to us in summer, RAI called us and told us that we had been selected to take part in the auditions for the first “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” program of the season, where we would compete to represent Italy at Junior Eurovision 2015. It was an actual surprise!
We are very happy to represent our country and we will do our best without looking at the last year’s victory. Of course, the stress is bigger knowing that your country won last year.
E+: Your song is composed by a very famous Italian composer, Gigi D’Alessio. How do you feel knowing that you will perform a song by one of the most popular musicians and singers in Italy?
Gigi D’Alesio has been very nice with us, he has written us very beautiful lyrics in whose composition we have participated too. We are proud of singing a song composed by such a great artist, famous in Italy and abroad.
E+: Can you tell us what your song is about? What is the thing you most like of Viva?
Our song, titled “Viva”, is a true hymn to life, to all those little things of everyday life which make our age special. One of the most beautiful part of the lyrics is that one dedicated to our beloved granddad who unfortunately passed away but surely smiles and watch over us from heaven.
E+: Have you already decided how you stage performance will look like? How about the costumes?
We want it to be a surprise, so we won’t reveal anything. We have spent a lot of time looking for the appropriate costumes together with some experts of RAI, who will travel to Sofia with us: designers, stylists, make-up artists…
E+: You recently released an official video of your song “Viva”. How was the shooting of the clip? Any funny anecdote you can tell us?
The official videoclip of our song was released a few days ago. We like the video so much because it is happy and cheerful, and it represents us very well. During the shooting we laughed a lot, we also run and dance. It was like a game for us and we are very happy with the result.
E+: Which are the similarities and differences between Chiara and Martina? (Hobbies, favourite subjects, favourite artists…)
Although we are identical physically, we even exchange ourselves, our character is totally different. We only both like puzzles, singing and dancing. I (Chiara) am more diligent and outgoing than Martina, who studies less than me and is more shy. Yes, but I (Martina) am more generous and selfless than Chiara. We usually have some fights because of these differences, but we love and protect each other.
E+: Do you usually watch the senior Eurovision? If you had to choose an Italian artist to compete at the contest, who would you choose?
Yes, we usually watch Eurovision, it is a very good competition. If we had to choose, we would send Marco Mengoni again because he is a very talented singer.
E+: How did your parents discover they had two talented children? When did you start singing?
Our parents realised that we had an innate talent when we were very little, even our teachers always asked us to sing at school and said that we were very good at singing. We can say that we started singing at the age of 3, our musical passion grew with us and we started attending vocal lessons when we were 10.
E+: Have you thought about the future of your musical career? Would you like to sing as a duet or separately?
We want to continue our musical career. We hope to go forward and earn more success, carry on our studies and graduate. We will most likely continue singing together because we can’t imagine ourselves separated.
E+: Do you already know any of the other Junior Eurovision 2015 participants from “New Wave Junior”? What do you think about their songs? Have you talked to them about the upcoming JESC experience?
No, we don’t personally know any of the other JESC participants. We have watched some videos of the competing songs on YouTube and there are some good ones, but we don’t know any of the performers personally. We want to make new friends once in Sofia.
E+: Did you watch Junior Eurovision 2014? How did you feel when Vincenzo Cantiello won the competition?
Yes, we watched Junior Eurovision 2014 and we became very happy when Vincenzo Cantiello won. We never imagined that we were going to represent Italy this year, for sure.
E+: Could you send a message for our readers and fans of the competition?
Firstly, we want to thank all your readers for their attention. We want to remind all of them that we will be performing on November 21 in Sofia representing Italy at Junior Eurovision 2015. Don’t miss it and support us by televoting. Thank you very much!
E+: Thank you very much for your time and see you in Sofia!
Italian National Final – Ti Lascio Una Canzone Special Edition (September 12 and 19, 2015)
Round 1 (Duels – Jury/Orchestra/Televote):
Round 2 (Medley – Jury/Televote):
Round 3 (Final Duel – Televote):
Non vedo l’ora che sia già domani
Abbiamo tutto per poter volare
Viva le speranze che non vuoi mollare
Viva le carezze del nonno che adesso è lassù
Ridere tanto fino a stare male
Viva quel tramonto che ti fa sognare
Viva le serate a suonare intorno a un falò
Viva le bugie che non riesci a dire
Can’t wait for tomorrow
we have everywhere to fly
Viva the hopes that you don’t let go
Viva the kindness of grandfather who is now up there
Laughing hard until it hurts
Viva that sunset that makes you dream
Viva the nights around a bonfire
Viva the lies you cannot tell
Live for all that you will remember one day
Не мога да чакам до утре
Имаме всичко нужно да летим
Вива за мечтите, които не спираш да следваш
Вива за добрината на дядо ни, който е там горе сега
Да се смееш до болка
Вива за залезите, които те карат да мечтаеш
Вива за нощите около лагерния огън
Вива за лъжите, които не можеш да изречеш
Живей за всичко, което ще си спомняш един ден