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Sunday, 27 October 2013 23:25

Malta: Interview with Gaia Cauchi (JESC 2013)

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It has been two years since Malta last took part within the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the Public Broadcasting Services deciding to focus their effort on the senior competition, as most countries have seemingly done in recent years. It was a major surprise to see their return but not as much as seeing the debut of microstate, San Marino who was confirmed as the twelfth participating nation by the European Broadcasting Union in the past couple of hours. escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of speaking to Gaia Cauchi, Malta's representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest about her entry The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Gillian Attard.

This will be Malta's first participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in three years, having last taken part back in 2010 with Nicole Azzopardi and her entry Knock Knock .. Boom Boom! How does it feel to have been selected internally by the Public Broadcasting Services to represent Malta upon our return and would you have personally preferred a more elaborate selection process where you could have won the right to become the representative?

For me, it does not make a difference how I was chosen, but it is an immense honour to be representing Malta at such a prestigious event.

Despite being one of the most popular performers to emerge from the younger generation, you had never participated in the Junior Malta Eurosong, mostly due to age restrictions. Do you consider yourself to be a fan of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and if you had the chance, would you have tried to represent Malta in the past or didn't it even pass your mind?

I am a fan of everything that has to do with music, and yes, I have been wanting to represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest ever since I can remember.

You have earned quite the reputation in recent years, having managed to get through to the finals of the programme Ti Lascio Una Canzone, and also winning prestigious competition Sanremo Junior where you had the chance to amaze critics within the grand Ariston Theatre. Does success in foreign competitions and exposure abroad enable you to connect better with the audience present in front of you and what kind of experience do you draw from such major events?

I think I do my best to connect with the audience everywhere I sing, and every time I sing, it helps me gain more confidence, something which is essential in the world of music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCkc1p6CK74

Throughout the years, you have honed your vocal skills with the likes of Gillian Attard whose tracks Xi Darba Min Jaf and Quddiem L-Inkwatru tal-Madonna are considered by critics and fans of the local music industry as contemporary classics. Why did you decide to work with such a talented individual and have you turned to her for any tips about competition throughout your career?

I have Loved Gillian Attard from the very first time I heard her sing, I don't know why or how but I felt a connection with her, and from the first day of teaching, I have never looked back. Yes she has given me many tips throughout.

It was revealed earlier this month that your entry The Start is a co-write between Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca also known as Muxu and Gillian Attard. Would you care to tell our readers what your song is about?

The track is a strong ballad, which describes the passion that I have for music in general. It is an extremely emotional song which I would love for everyone to hear because I believe that music goes beyond boundaries.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Just to always follow your dreams and never give up trying. Thank You for all your support throughout this incredible journey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suLAPSkzQDo

Last modified on Monday, 28 October 2013 08:59