THE INCOMPARABLE JOE DEMICOLI

Date of Birth: 4th March, 1963

Location: Ħal Għaxaq

Star Sign: Pisces

Media-related occupation: Entertainer

From a very early age, Joe Demicoli had a passion for translating foreign songs into Maltese, and in 1982, he took part in a TV programme called Blanzuni. In 1997, he participated in L-Għanja tal-Poplu with his own composition, and wrote the album Kemmuna Airways a year after.

Joe’s been invited to Australia and Canada several times to perform for Maltese expats. In 2000, he had his first television programme called Alaxanxe, and Wipeout! in 2003. In that year, he also had a radio programme which is still going strong to this day. Ten CDs have been released since 1998, and he’s been part of major productions such as Maltageddon and Maltaforce.

After a long hiatus from TV, he returned in 2015 after having written and produced Teatru Żambulla for TVM. This year, he’ll be presenting a programme featuring senior citizens called Ħallih Iħabbat!

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You’re a presenter, singer and actor. How would you describe all these in a nutshell?

I love this work with a great passion, although many try to keep you from advancing forward. It’s a pity that it’s rare to be appreciated by the TV and radio stations that you work with.

Can you recall the first time you performed in front of a camera or audience?

I’ve had different opportunities to stand in front of a camera and sing cover versions, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt fear or nerves. In 1998, we’d sing a song from Kemmuna Airways on Super1 TV every Sunday, and I was full of confidence at that time, but today, I realise how inexperienced I was.

You already have a number of great successes under your belt. What do you feel has been your greatest achievement to date?

It’s always a pleasure to know that people had enjoyed my show, especially when someone comes up to me and tells me that they’re passing through a difficult time and I managed to help them forget about it for a few hours. Thirteen years ago, there had been a little girl laying lifeless in bed at Karen Grech, who suddenly perked up as soon as she saw my face – there had been a bit of a commotion. Shortly afterwards, I saw her being wheeled in to be operated! She is 21 years old today.

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