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The Start co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca, Gillian Attard as well as vocalist Gaia Cauchi will be representing Malta at this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. Close sources to escflashmalta.com have just told us that the young female vocalist will be taking to the stage on her own in a white dress, in order to alleviate her image on that puzzled stage, which the European Broadcasting Union and the Ukrainian broadcaster have already presented to the general public.

Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years. Gaia Cauchi was internally selected by the Public Broadcasting Services after being the recipient of the International Achievement Award during the Malta Music Awards held earlier this year. The Start, which was written specifically for the young vocalist is one of the favourites to triumph in the twelve (12) song competition alongside Double Me which will represent The Netherlands, and Mechtay which will represent Russia respectively. escflashmalta.com will be covering the event live on the 30th November 2013 alongside Sophie, former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative. Stay tuned for all the latest news!

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

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

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:05

JESC '13: Music Video for 'The Start' Released

Following two years of inactivity, Malta will be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with a song entitled The Start, co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard with vocals provided by none other than Gaia Cauchi, who earlier this year was honoured with the International Achievement Award at the Malta Music Awards. The Public Broadcasting Services, who represents the nation in events in relation to the European Broadcasting Union has published the Official Music Video accompanying our entry earlier today.

The video is expected to be presented to the European Broadcasting Union within the next couple of days whilst the Public Broadcasting Services will definitely make the public aware of it's publication through Television Malta and Television Malta 2, the main flagship broadcasting channels. The best result that the nation achieved in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2008 when Daniel Testa, now a leading DJ on 89.7 Bay finished in fourth place with his entry Junior Swing only fifty-four (54) points behind the eventual winner. Gaia will be hoping to improve on that and initial comments are very positive on that front. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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

In 2013, Malta decided to re-ignite their participation within the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and despite early criticism with respect to the choice of the artist internally, it seems that every word has been retracted as Gaia Cauchi belted out her entry The Start, a co-write between Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard. Speaking on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services, Anton Attard had stated that the participation is being covered by a private sponsor who had come forward a tad late to organise a national selection.

There is a strong possibility that Malta will host the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest should an understand with the European Broadcasting Union be reached in due course. The best result that the country had achieved was back in 2008 when Daniel Testa had managed a fourth place finish with his entry Junior Swing. Gaia Cauchi will be honouring the country in Kiev, Ukraine with a song which would be best described as a soulful, jazz ballad, one which reminds the audience of the likes of the big ballads seen at the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. An exclusive interview with Gaia Cauchi will be published within the next couple of days, so we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: WE Media, PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLFomE_yj6w

Gaia Cauchi, Malta's representative at the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Kiev, Ukraine will be one of the special guests of tomorrows' edition of Xarabank, produced by WE Media. escflashmalta.com has just learnt through secure sources that the song which will be representing the country at the elite event will also be made public during the guest appearance. It has also been confirmed that the individuals behind the track are none other than Elton Zarb of Freetime Studios, Matt Mercieca also known as Muxu and Gillian Attard of La Voix Academy where Gaia receives her tutelage whilst the whole concept was that of the young female vocalist. The first two were responsible for the track Betrayed performed by Davinia at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year.

As the news bulletin which announced Malta's return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the Public Broadcasting Services is making use of it's own resources to reveal all the respective details of the participation. In 2010, Nicole Azzopardi had the honour of representing Malta with the track Knock Knock!… Boom! Boom! following a national final victory and the nation pulled out with the Public Broadcasting Services focusing all their attention on the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, this is a good year for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with both Malta and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia returning and the strong possibility of a debut nation which is yet to be revealed. It is expected that thirteen (13) countries will compete in Kiev. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news!

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVjjUb9VQtg

In an article published on MaltaToday and Illum, two popular local newspapers, one story seemed to focus on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services commenting that the return to the competition follows an approach by a major sponsor. He commented that the broadcaster had decided to stop participating within the event back in 2010 not because of unsuccessful results but because of financial reasons with the Eurovision Song Contest proving to be a better support strategy for the local music scene.

Nevertheless, the issue at hand has been the actual choice, that of Gaia Cauchi, a student of Gillian Attard's elite La Voix Academy which also boasted several finalists in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Teenage Talent competition. Attard said that there wasn't enough time to hold a festival for the selection of the artist and the entry noting that proceedings have to commence around '6 months before hand'. Should the Malta Junior Eurosong had taken place, it would have cost around €30,000 which would have also seemingly been covered by the sponsor it seems.

escflashmalta.com commented on the issue stating that whilst Gaia is a worthy representative and shows stunning vocal verstaility, a competition should have still taken place as this 'approach is unfair on other young singers'. Nevertheless, the issue at hand seems to have been time and should Malta continue to participate in this illustrious event, indicatiosn denote that a possible competition would be returning next year. In the meantime, no news about the recent rumours that Malta intends to host in 2014 were mentioned. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Sources: MaltaToday, Illum

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

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 19:35

JESC 2013: Gaia Cauchi Chosen to Represent Malta

In a surprise announcement, the Public Broadcasting Services will be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Kiev, Ukraine on the 30th November. Gaia Cauci, a student of La Voix Academy under the tutelage of Gillian Attard was chosen internally by the broadcasting house after being on the receiving end of the International Achievement Award at this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards.

Nicole Azzopardi, an upcoming figure within the local music industry was the last artist to represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her entry Knock Knock!… Boom! Boom! finishing in thirteenth (13th) place with just thirty-five (35) points. The announcement was a complete surprise considering that Malta has never resorted to an internal selection beforehand despite having been suggested by several individuals over the years. At the moment, La Voix Academy is enjoying huge success in foreign waters with two female vocalists currently part of this years' edition of Io Canto on Canale 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0r3ZfhLiXQ

Gaia Cauchi was the winner of the illustrious Sanremo Junior where she had the opportunity to perform at the Ariston Theatre which also hosts the senior edition of Sanremo. There, she was accompanied by Maestro Paul Abela, who was also the composer of three entries at the Eurovision Song Contest; Could It Be (1991), In A Woman's Heart (1996) and Another Summer Night (2001). It is worth denoting that apart from winning several international competitions, Gaia Cauchi was also part of the programme Ti Lascia Una Canzone on RAI, where she had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Italian superstar, Alessandra Amoroso.

Gillian Attard is ecstatic and overjoyed at the astonishing success of her students owing everything all to hard work and sheer determination. Malta is officially the ninth country to confirm participation in the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest alongside Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, ONE Productions (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP7qb0c8Rd8

Thursday, 11 April 2013 02:00

Italy: Four Vocalists to represent Malta

At a relatively young age, individuals are prone to select what they would like to carry out within their respective lifetime and becoming a vocal artist is somewhat an acquired taste. Vocal tutors with certification to show are existent in the country and one of them is surely Gillian Attard who just happens to be the main vocalist behind some of the most iconic tracks in Maltese including; Xi Darba Min Jaf and Quddiem L-Inkwatru tal-Madonna. Her latest foray into the industry is through La Voix Academy which currently houses some of the most up and coming stars that the nation has including Gaia Cauchi, winner of Sanremo Junior 2012 as well as recipient of the International Achievement Award during the 2013 Malta Music Awards.

For the second consecutive year, Malta will be taking part in Sanremo Junior and will be hoping to build on the success of the victory achieved last year. As a matter of fact, an internal jury selected four students to take on the role as representatives, and they all come from the La Voix Academy headed by Gillian Attard who is also known as Miss G. Once more, female representation is seemingly key because the chosen artists, all of which have varying ages are; Naomi Cutajar, Ilenia Camilleri, Miriana Conte and Clarissa Cauchi. During the competition in which they will be competing against a number of young artists from all across the world, they will be directed by Maestro Paul Abela and Miss Gillian Attard. The notable composer does not require any introduction having written Malta's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991, 1996 and 2001 whilst also conducting the orchestra in 1992, respectively. All of the performances in Italy will take place in the prestigious Teatro Ariston and accompanied by a live orchestra. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to wish all of the participants the very best of luck in their respective journey.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMlv6W4GE7I

Published in Local Music News

Mega Music Management and the Public Broadcasting Services perfectly coordinated the organation of the Malta Music Awards last night, following the extremely successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest that took place on Friday and Saturday seeing to the victory of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.  In reality, many believe that the awards that took place last night were professionally executed with main hosts; Keith Demicoli and Mandy Micallef Grimaud leading an impressive line-up of guest presenters. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played the venue for the event, which did not offer real surprises in terms of award presentations. 

Headlining the event last night was nother than Australian/British artist, Peter Andre who has released eight studio albums, the last of which being Angels & Demons in 2012 which managed to sneak into the top twenty on the charts in the United Kingdom where he has gained notoriety following his failed marriage to reality television star, Katie Price.  The show had an astonishing line-up incorporating together; Stalko, Duo Blank, Niki Gravino, Planet Seed, Monroe, Ira Losco, Red Electrick, Hooligan, Ylenia Vella and the recent Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Gianluca Bezzina. The camera work was effective, the staging as seen throughout the weekend was stunning and the public will be able to view all of the awards his Saturday night on Television Malta, starting as from 20:45 CET.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDv-GZAUSg

It seems that the jury was somewhat quite intrigued with the talent in the past twelve months when one takes into account that the most awards that an act won, was just two in total with Red Electrick taking home Best Band and Best Song. Nevertheless, it seems that newcomers have a tendency to steal the spotlight and the Mumford and Sons feel around Stalko is quickly growing as their debut single, In a Hurry helped them win Best New Artists. The Best Album award was given to Tribali whilst the Best Solo Artist went towards female performer; Brooke who has in the past couple of months returned to the industry with singles Fairytale and Bingo. The Best Hip Hop / R'nB artist award was given to Hooligan who most recently released his third album entitled Trioriginali whilst the return of Ira Losco was also respected by a Best Video Award for her hit single 'What I'd Give'. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZGM8IEg2qc

The Best Upcoming Talent Award was given to Ylenia Vella, who just competed in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst the Maltese Export Artist was ten year old Gaia Cauchi. Beheaded were awarded the award for Best Metal Band. Due to his presence in Malta, it was definitely expected when Peter Andre was recognised for his services to music and the crowd did seem extraordinarily excited in each of his performances. The Malta Music Awards, have become somewhat a tradition in the local music calender and therefore, it is rather imperative that their organisation continues in the years ahead because the scene is really contributing in a positive manner. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com during the year as we continue to cover all of the latest from the local music scene with regards to new releases, and events.

Source: Mega Music Management, Public Broadcasting Services

Published in Local Music News

Following her success after appearing on Rai Uno’s live show, ‘Ti Lascio Una Canzone’, presented by Antonella Clerici, the young, talented Gaia Cauchi has achieved another important goal in her musical career. She recently won the ticket to participate in Sanremo Junior after ONE  Productions proudly, teamed up with Mro.Paul Abela and Norman Hamilton to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to an upcoming artist. PR Coordinator of ONE Productions, Wayne Aquilina, said, in an official statement, that “ONE was the only station that accepted this proposal and accepted to give the opportunity to Gaia Cauchi, who will be singing LIVE with a LIVE orchestra with a specific arrangement just for her.”

 

Gaia Cauchi was chosen amongst other upcoming artists on ONE television programme, “SHOWBIZ”, presented by Jess Sciberras and Tiziana Calleja. As Wayne Aquilina’s statement indicated, she will be given the opportunity to have a tailored-made song for the event, and more than that, she will experience a LIVE performance with a LIVE orchestra. The young prodigal singer has been training for quite some time with popular singer, Gillian Attard. On behalf of the Editorial Board at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Gaia, the very best of luck with this endeavour and hope for more future success.

Source: ONE Productions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RQ86oeOxOo

Published in Local Music News
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