Life after JESC: Gaia Cauchi
VALLETTA, MALTA – Through this series of posts oikotimes.com would like to present information about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest winners after-winning-life. What happened to the JESC winners after their triumph in the contest?
Gaia’s vocal coach is the locally famous Gillian Attard a Maltese singer, TV personality and actress. Gaia’s first “international gig” came in 2011 when she appeared on the popular Italian TV show Ti Lascio Una Canzone. She took on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and left the audience shouting “bellissimo!”. She won the prestigious Sanremo Junior Music Festival a year later in her category when she was just nine years old. There, she sang “One Night Only”, from the hit film Dreamgirls.
After a two year break from the contest, PBS (Public Broadcasting Services) decided to return to the Junior Eurovision. PBS, Malta’s national broadcaster went for an internal selection and chose Cauchi to represent the island nation. Cauchi won the contest on 30 November with 130 points ahead of Ukraine and Belarus. She became the first singer from Malta to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the first person from the island nation to win an EBU produced competition.
In early December 2013 the Prime Minister of Malta announced that Cauchi would be awarded the order Ġieħ ir-Repubblika, the country’s highest honour. It was awarded to her, along with her team from Junior Eurovision on 13 December 2013. She is the youngest person to ever receive this award. Cauchi made an appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 performing part of her winning song.
2012 “Noti u Kliem”
2013 “The Start”
2014 “Floating on Air”