Malta’s Got Talent Winner Kyran Bonello was overwhelmed with joy when presented with a statue of Saint Lawrence to add to his collection.
Today, Mrieħel’s St. Theresa College Secondary School serenaded their star student in a celebration drawing the attendance of Kyran’s friends, family, teachers, peers and role models.
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Before handing over the statue, headmaster Mario Bugeja, asked the aspiring priest and talented singer how he had discovered his musical ability.
Kyran told his headmaster, and the crowd before him:
“I was at home listening to music on my computer, church tunes is what I call them. I started singing and my Nanna noticed that I was good. I went to a coach, and then we went from there.”
Bugeja then asked if Kyran had ever doubted himself along the way, and Kyran was resolute in his honest answer.
“There are those moments. When they come you have to tell yourself that you are capable. That you can achieve things, so that you can continue along the right path.”
It was at this point that Bugeja gave Kyran his gift. “Kyran has sent us a clear message not to give up on ourselves. As a school, we’ve decided to return the favour by giving him a token of our appreciation.”
Although Kyran was aware that the ceremony was going to be taking place, he was clearly surprised by its scale. Hundreds of students assembled in the courtyard waving cardboard hearts and posters celebrating Kyran’s victory.
On more than one occasion, the crowd began to chant Kyran’s name, excitedly ushering him on to the stage to perform his song.
Another lovely surprise for Kyran came when his extremely proud and supportive family members were invited to join him on stage. Kyran’s father expressed his pride in his son, along with a hope that his career would continue to grow and flourish after his success on Malta’s Got Talent.
The event was also attended by Malta’s Got Talent judge and renowned influencer, Sarah Zerafa, who recognised his talent early on by awarding him with a Golden Buzzer.
Kyran appeared very happy to see her as she came walking down the red carpet, running to meet and hug her halfway. He handed her a Valentine’s rose, before stepping off stage to prepare for his performance.
The young star was emotional, yet remained confident whilst engaging his powerful stage-presence.
Admittedly, it may have been easier to soothe frayed nerves in front of today’s crowd of friends, family, peers, cameras and teachers, given that his last performance had been watched by around 197,000 people.
Prior to the ceremony, the school’s headteacher Mario Bugeja, spoke to assembled reporters about the importance of performers like Kiran to other talented Maltese kids.
“They see something like this and can learn to believe in themselves. Instead of just assuming that what comes from abroad is automatically better. That’s one of the legacies of colonialism, and the example set by kids like Kyran might do something small to help to shed it.”
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