“Klassikatähed”, ETV's X-Factor-meets-the-classics competition, was won by cellist Marcel Johannes Kits at the Sunday night finals.
“Klassikatähed” compromised of eight young musicians performing live classical music, in an event formerly known as Con Brio and held since 1991. The show featured both a jury and a phone voting system to narrow the contestants down to just one winner. The first show of the year was aired on March 17.
Yesterday's finalists were percussionist and marimba player Heigo Rosin, 23, clarinetist Marten Altrov, 22, and the cellist Marcel Johannes Kits, 17, who secured a victory. The winner received a cash prize of 2,000 euros and a chance for multiple performances with a full orchestra.
Jury member Kalle Randalu said the event is praiseworthy and exceeded expectations.
“The show attracted many viewers, including those who are not engaged in classical music. We certainly achieved this goal,” said Randalu.
A total of 9,000 voters phoned in for their favorite. In comparison, Estonian Eurovision contest Eesti Laul attracted over 60,000 voters. The “Klassikatähed” finalists will be featured in an upcoming concert this Wednesday in the Estonia Concert Hall.
A clip from the winner's performance can be seen on the right hand side.