July 16, 2019

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Rapturous applause, widespread acclaim and a performance compared to the ones given at the Academy Awards was given earlier this afternoon by Gaia Cauchi who will be representing Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start, co-written alongside Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. Malta's return to the event following abseentism of two years was very much felt in the music industry but the Pubic Broadcasting Services sought to right a wrong and return before it was too late.

The event, slated to commence at 19:00 CET, airing on TVM2, will be taking place in the capital city of Ukraine, that being Kiev features a total of twelve (12) countries with Malta singing in the penultimate position between The Netherlands and Russia respectively. Apart from the vocalist, and the songwriters who are all part of the delegation, the Public Broadcasting Services are represented by Daniel d'Anastasi, Anna Dalli, Anton Attard and Maxine Pace who are the Head of Press, Assistant Head of Delegation, Head of Delegation and Spokesperson respectively. You could watch her performance from the Dress Rehearsal earlier this afternoon just below and also follow escflashmalta.com's running blog with guest commentary by Daniel Testa, Sophie DeBattista and Trevor Fenech.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIyNvY9eiyg

escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to have a short conversation with Daniel D'Anastasi, Head of Press for the Maltese Delegation at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the first technical rehearsal that took place. Despite some early issues which were encountered during the first run, they were quickly fixed as Gianluca and the rest of the team including Samaria, Louise Ann, Kenny, Gabriel and Christopher grew in confidence. There are a couple of things which need to be altered slightly including some camera shots but nevertheless, it was an extremely positive rehearsal.

In the meantime, as per the typical schedule setup by the European Broadcasting Union and the respective host broadcaster, this year being SVT, Gianluca and the rest of the delegation will tomorrow embark on a tour across Sweden and therefore, that is the plan for the itinerary. Friday is another 'off' day for the whole team noting that the schedule is currently being filled up with a series of events including a trip to a hospital where Gianluca, our representative will be meeting up with some young children who are braving the elements and surviving through sickness. This is an incredibly touching moment and means even more considering that Gianluca is a doctor and therefore has a tendency to meet with patients on a daily basis. Gianluca's second rehearsal will be taking place on Saturday afternoon and it will be open to the media so therefore, in collaboration with Radio International, Eurovision Ireland, and escXtraescflashmalta.com will be bringing you all of the latest news.

Source: Daniel D'Anastasi (Head of Press), Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw