Entrant: Joan Franka
Ayten Kalan (a.k.a. Joan Franka) was born in Rotterdam on April 2, 1990. She has a Dutch mother and a Turkish father, who sadly died when she was two years old. She’s not fluent, but has a smattering of Turkish.
As a child Joan was fascinated by theatre, poetry and music. Together with her sister, who is two years older, Joan wrote musicals and played them at every birthday and party. The duo called themselves J & N, and the Spice Girls were their biggest source of inspiration.
Joan has always been passionate about her music. That’s why, at age six, she knew she wanted a musical career. “I didn’t even know if I could sing. I just thought: I want it and I’m going to do it.” Joan was 17 when she first performed.
In 2010 Joan was scouted to take part in The Voice of Holland. After much deliberation she decided to take part. She chose coach Van Velzen. It was her first introduction to the entertainment business.
During the programme producer Holger Schwedt (a member of Van Velzen’s Dream Team) promised to record an album with her.
Entry: You and Me
The song is inspired on a childhood love of Joan, she says that with her lover, she used to wear Indian clothes, that’s why in the Nationaal Songfestival, she wore an indian dress, the song is composed by Joan Franka, Jessica Hoogenboom and penned by Joan Franka.
Tomorrow we will introduce the Maltese entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!