Pupa tal-plastik [Plastic Doll] was originally performed by Domenique Azzopardi for the Maltese language song festival L-Għanja tal-Poplu [The Song of the People] 2016. It is a song about a young girl who plays with dolls and dreams of becoming a mother but, when she grows up, she is unable to have children and, feeling that her heart is empty she still holds the dolls close, still dreaming of motherhood and wishing the plastic doll to come alive. Krista starts the song sounding like a young girl but, as the character in the song matures, so does the sound of her voice reaching an incredible climax in the last chorus, wishing the doll to life; not only giving the song the full range of ages but also running gamut of emotions through the song. This video is from Krista‘s performance for the San Remo Junior Malta where she won the Young Jury Award for her age group (10 to 12 years).
And here is the video of Krista‘s first public performance of Pupa tal-plastik. During an earlier part of the show Krista was involved in an accident where a hot cup of capucchino was spilled on her and creams were quickly applied to prevent scalding burns, but this didn’t stop Krista from performing and, like the true professional that she is, she went on with the show. Krista was originally meant to sing the song on her own and wasn’t even aware that Domenique was at the event but, after Krista had started singing the idea was suggested that Domenique join Krista on the stage. When Krista first hears a voice, where backing vocals are not expected, she doesn’t know what is happening but doesn’t let this affect her performance and continues singing, then she turns, sees Domenique and is clearly delighted at the change and the 2 singers perform the adult part of the song as a duet. An adorable performance.
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