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Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Gillian Attard, was recently the subject of much attention, after having successfully been the first representative of Malta at the prestigious 'New Wave Festival' in Russia.

In contention with several other participants from all around the globe, the young bundle of joy was awarded top spot by the professional panel of judges, closely followed by Krisia of Bulgaria, whom had also participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, albeit in 2014, also finishing in the 1st runner-up position.

"I was a little bit scared ... but it was a true honour and honestly, I worked really hard for it ..." stated Gaia Cauchi in exclusive comments to escflashmalta.com following her victory. Once more, this was not only a personal achievement but also one for Malta. For more information about Gaia and other eurostars, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: New Wave Festival


Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:19

Malta: Andy Shaw and Gaia Cauchi Record Duet

Andy Shaw, a skilled 14-year old male singer/songwriter whose breakthrough appearance was at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a special guest, and Gaia Cauchi, a female singer/songwriter best known for winning the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start" co-written with Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), have decided to share their mutual love towards music, by recording "Love Me Like You Do", a song from the highly acclaimed motion picture 'Fifty Shades of Grey' as a duet.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Cyprian Cassar at Tenishia Studios, the release of "Love Me Like You Do" is supported with a monochromatic music video, specifically created by Joseph Agius to reflect the lyrical context of the song. "Love Me Like You Do", written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Ali Payami and Tove Nilsson is an emotional ballad which would be best described as synthpop, originally interpreted by British female singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding. 

As a duet, Andy and Gaia gave the song a completely different feel, altering the meaning of the lyrics ever so slightly, encompassing the true meaning of friendship, rather than staying loyal to the lustful meaning, as exhibited in the original version. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release (Ironic PR & Artist Management)


Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:40

San Marino: Michele and Anita Off to Eurovision

San Marino RTV, the public service broadcaster of San Marino organised a press conference earlier today, in order to reveal the representatives of the micro-state in the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Having not yet turned 16, Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini are going to be given the opportunity to reprise their role as representatives for the tiny nation, but rather at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where they achieved disappointing placings, at the adult event, which will hopefully prove to be a more fruitful experience.

Born in 1998 and 1999, it is fair to state, that they will most likely be the youngest duo in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. San Marino have taken part on four occasions, in 2008 with the group Miodio and the track "Complice" which languished at the bottom of the scoreboard in the semi-final, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014 with Valentina Monetta, whose latest effort "Maybe" got through to the final, finishing in 24th place with 14 points. More information about the song choice will be made in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv


Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin, both vocally trained by Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy and looked after by Ironic PR & Artist Management, will be part of an upcoming radio programme on RTK 103FM. “Is-Sewwa Magħruf” hosted by George Cremona and Martha Carabott will be featuring the prominent vocalists, one winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and the other, a finalist in the hit television programme “Io Canto”, as well as Dr Samuel Aquilina in answering questions about health, music, food, and more.

In comments made to escflashmalta.com, Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin are “excited, and looking forward to sharing their opinion on the various topics which are brought up”. With the subjects set to focus more or less on the common knowledge in life, the listeners will enjoy having the girls around, getting to know them better away from their craft, that of performance. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: RTK Radio 103FM, Marlon Polidano (Image), Missey & Bo (Clothing of Gaia & Veronica)


Published in Local Music News

Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, the team will be chatting to Donatan & Cleo who oversaw Poland first qualification since 2008, and best result since 2003; Teo who managed the fourth qualification for Belarus since the introduction of the semi-final system; Softengine who on behalf of Finland achieved the best result for the country since their 2006 victory and last but not least; Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.


As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release


'Floating on Air' is the name of the new single by Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Matthew Mercieca. This follows her debut single 'The Start' which won the prestigious children's competition back in November. Launched during the Malta International Food Festival in Ħaż-Żabbar to a large audience, it was well received by those present.

Gaia Cauchi, a student of La Voix Academy, has been on a high since triumphing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having been a guest at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, at Sanremo Junior Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest and also finishing as the first runner-up on the Romanian talent show; Next Star which airs on Antena 1. 'Floating on Air', written in the form of a theme song could be said to be a mixture of genres; including ballad, r'n'b and pop. You may listen to the song below, whilst we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Gaia Cauchi (Official Facebook Page)

Gaia Cauchi from Malta, winner of this years’ edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start co-written alongside Matthew Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Gillian Attard is set to be conferred the highest honour of the nation in an upcoming ceremony taking place on the 13th December. The Ġieħ ir-Repubblika  is only given to the most distinct persons in the country, and one other artist who has also been awarded with such an honour was Ira Losco, following her near success at the senior event of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002.

Malta's first success at any events organised by the European Broadcasting Union came at the hands of Gaia and this was witnessed by an astonishing homecoming at the Malta International Airport. The victory was somewhat unexpected but following such a performance, many had noted The Start on behalf of Malta to be a favourite. Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, has confirmed that discussions with the European Broadcasting Union have begun in order to host the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Gaia Cauchi is set to become the youngest recipient of the Ġieħ ir-Repubblika Award but she will not be the only one with Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard also being nominated for the prestigious accolade. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Times of Malta


Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 30 November 2013 20:09

JESC '13: Gaia Cauchi Succeeds in European Win

The Start, co-written by Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matt Mercieca with vocals provided by Gaia Cauci has just been announced as the winner of this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, held in Kiev, Ukraine. The Public Broadcasting Services decided to return to the prestigious event following a two year absence and it seems to have found the right song and singer. Many people had noted Malta to be a favourite of the event prior to the evening and it was only the public and the jury who had the final say on where the votes were set to go.

All of the competing countries voted for Malta, with the least amount of points given being six (6) from Georgia but nevertheless, garnering the initial twelve (12) pointer was definitely a sign of good faith especially considering that it was a Kids' Jury. This is the nations' first victory in any event organised by the European Broadcasting Union and although it does not entail that the Public Broadcasting Services has to host next years' event, we have it on multiple sources that there is a lot of interest, one that will surely be accentuated following this evenings' success. Gaia Cauchi, a winner of Sanremo Junior and also participant in RAI Uno's Ti Lascio Una Canzone has always been a predominant figure in the music industry but it seems that her career will go from strength to strength following this evenings' victory. It is worth noting that in second place was Ukraine and in third place was Belarus. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Saturday, 30 November 2013 17:23

Junior Eurovision 2013: The Final - LIVE

Good Evening! Welcome to the eleventh edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine which also played host to this event back in 2009, when The Netherlands swept to victory with Ralf and his entry Click Clack. It has been an intriguing week and one has to denote that there will definitely be a series of expectations from a global perspective as eyes will be on the European Broadcasting Union to make sure that the show runs as smoothly as possible and thus lead to an expansion of the event in the years to come. The Public Broadcasting Services confirmed Malta's return to the event less than two months ago with Gaia Cauchi selected as the representative and The Start co-written alongside Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Gillian Attard chosen as the entry.

Whilst the event is being broadcast in each of the twelve (12) participating countries, renewed interest is being shown in Greece and Kazakstan who will also be airing the show. In Malta, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on TVM 2 due to the earlier time slot with commentary set to be provided by comedian, Daniel Chircop as well as Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 participant, Corazon Mizzi. For a more detailed review on each of the competing entries, we urge you to follow the rolling blog on escflashmalta.com as two former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Daniel Testa (2008) and Sophie DeBattista (2006), both of which will compete in the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as well as Trevor Fenech, manager of the former and Emil Calleja Bayliss, Head of Communications and lyricist to one of the entries at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Running Order

Sweden: Det är dit vi ska - Elias

Emil: The stage looks great and the first number is a good opener but the excitement seems to be a bit too much for him to handle. He sounds a bit off and his voice seems to be cracking – might be the age in this matter. I can see this song on the radio though but I don’t expect it to do really well tonight.

Sophie: This guy has got talent! He has a lovely voice however you can hear a little bit of nerves in there too. A great young performer. The song is very catchy and staging is simple but perfect!

Trevor: The singer is good however the song does is not fit in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in my opinion.

Daniel: The singer has a very good voice, but the song would be better in Eurovision rather than in the Junior.



Azerbaijan: Me and My Guitar - Rustam Karimov

Emil: This kid is so cute, it is impossible not to like him. The song itself is fun and has a good junior feel to it. The boy seems a bit out of breath in some parts of the songs, it might be the choreography or the excitement. I think this might do well tonight – the key here is being cute.

Sophie: What a cutie!!! This kid rocks, so much confidence. Great stage performance - I love all the dancing, he has great stamina! I enjoyed the english bits, but the song didn't really need it.



Armenia: Choco Factory - Monika

Emil: The staging is perfect for this number, the props they use make sense with the number and the costumes are fun although they might be seen as a bit overdone. The vocals are generally good, the only thing I can criticize is that the song itself is a bit repetitive and reminds me of other entries.

Sophie: Monica has a great song - easy to sing along to. Love the props used on stage, they're perfect for Junior Eurovision. This will be very memorable and I now want that violin and some chocolate!!

Trevor: I liked the way they presented the song, especially during the violin part. I think it will do well. 

Daniel: A good teen song I like the overall performance and song theme.



San Marino: O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me - Michele Perniola

Emil: This is their debut and they clearly want to start off with a great result. There is much to much criticize in this song. The song itself is catchy, the choreography is sleek and the camera work is brilliant. He seems to be enjoying himself and his vocal interpretation is solid. Only disadvantage is that he might look a bit too old for Junior Eurovision but should do well tonight.

Sophie: Michele has got an amazing voice, he can probably go higher than I can! :) Another great song. Would prefer if he wasn't dressed up like Michael Jackson though, it doesn't really go with the song and I prefer it when people are just themselves! He's done a great job and is super talented!

Trevor: Performing in Italian language, I expected more. Average song.

Daniel: A great feel good song! I think it will do very well. 



FYR Macedonia: Ohrid i Muzika - Barbara Papovic

Emil: The choreography is good and the song isn’t bad either but after the previous song this lacks something. The stage presence of the singer is something to be admired though as she performs with so much confidence. Her vocals leave much to be desired and seem to get worse as the song progresses.

Sophie: Although this song is good and has great potential, I don't think that it will stand out enough - especially with the high standard that has been achieved so far tonight! Also I think her nerves got the better of her voice during the song, although it didn't effect her on stage performance - which was awesome!

Trevor: Not my piece of cake.. Next please.

Daniel: Not my type of song, don't think it will do so well.



Ukraine: We Are One - Sofia Tarasova

Emil: Can’t really fault anything here. It is surely the best song so far. The girl has great vocals, the shots and the graphics are perfect whilst the song itself is a strong dance track. Considering what we’ve seen so far this can challenge at the top tonight. The home support surely helps.

Sophie: Sofia has got so much charisma! Could watch her all day. What a vocal!! Wish this song was all in English so I could really understand the message of the song better - but that takes nothing away from the talented little star that Sofia is! Could hear this song in the charts and on the radio right now!!

Trevor: A good song, great performance, I like.

Daniel: A good dance song, great voice, my favourite till now.



Belarus: Poy so Mnoy - Ilya Volkov

Emil: The boy is a star in the making, he surely can dance, he seems to be enjoying every second on stage and making the best out of this experience. The song is itself is catchy and I think this should do well tonight. He reminds me of Sakis Rouvas – his stage presence and his confidence is surely a great asset.

Sophie: Another strong song! Ilya is such a great funky performer, so much confidence for such a young man :) The dancers are tight, which is lovely to see and I like the way Ilya fits in so well with the whole package! Impressive!

Trevor: The kiddo is full of confidence .. one of my favourites!

Daniel: A good catchy song, one of the best so far. Will do pretty well.



Moldova: Cum Să Fim - Rafael Bobeica

Emil: Not a fan of the song itself but the boy has got a great set of pipes. Thea Garrett’s bird found itself in the Junior Eurovision. This might do well thanks to the jury because his voice is surely remarkable.

Sophie: A very interesting and clever staging of this song! What a voice - there are so many young superstars performing tonight. Rafael, his song and his performance will definitely stand out when it comes to the voting later, it is very memorable package.

Trevor: Not a JESC song, the singer had a great performance but the song was very poor.

Daniel: The singer is good but the song is not my type. Vocal performance was very good.



Georgia: Give Me Your Smile - The Smile Shop

Emil: Okay, this is weird. I’m doing this with Daniel Testa and Sophie DeBattista, and I had a déjà vu at the beginning of the song – the black and white retro feel was similar to Daniel’s and the first few beats reminded me of extra cute at one point. The song itself is good and the harmonies are really strong. They really make you smile.

Sophie: Wow these kids did so well to keep up all the harmonies whilst moving around so much. They're all very strong performers. Love the name of the group - 'The Smile Shop'! The song reminds of something out of hairspray, was nice to have a change of style.

Trevor:  An average song, the black and white effect in the begging was a good idea, but was already used in the past!

Daniel: A feel good swing song, I like it a lot, sing along song! Performance went very well.



The Netherlands: Double Me - Mylene and Roseanne

Emil: ‘Double Trouble’ becomes ‘Double Me’ and it seems we’re all seeing double. I love the intro and the refrain is catchy, fun and memorable. It’s a strong entry although in the verses there seems to be something missing vocally. Great effort from the Dutch, will they challenge for victory? They might.

Sophie: Mylene & Rosanne are adorable! Great staging idea - lots of energy! My favourite part of the song is the 'Double Me, Double You' bit, it was such a catchy phrase! And I really love the fact that the song reflects their relationship (twins).

Trevor: A very JESC song, top 3 in my opinion, perfect combination! Vocals could be a bit better.

Daniel: Quite a good song in my opinion, the performance was good , should do pretty well.



Malta: The Start - Gaia Cauchi

Emil: Erm… GOOSEFLESH all over. I think she blew everyone away with her power vocals. She filled the stage with her incredible vocals – she is Malta’s next big star for sure. All she needs to do is learn to control her voice more and pay more attention to her diction. Loved the dress and the simplicity in the performance – removing the bow was a huge improvement. Should do well tonight.

Sophie: Wow! What a little star! Such an awesome voice - wish I could sing like that. This song is really strong - Gaia gave me shivers down my spine in the last chorus! Absolutely beautiful - this girl is going places!

Trevor: Well done Gaia, hit the notes perfectly a big improvement diction wise. Once again well done. Forza Malta! Hope she wins!

Daniel: A fantastic vocal performance from Gaia well done, one of the best so far.



Russia: Mechtay - Dayana Kirillova

Emil: This is Malta’s main contender I guess. The perfect junior song with a great vocal interpretation, catchy song and great stage performance. The back drop is effective too. The performance is fun and should go down well with kids and the jury too.

Sophie: Dayana is a beautiful girl and great singer! Although I enjoyed it, the song was unfortunately not memorable enough - especially following such a strong performance from Malta! However the on stage performance was awesome, which made up for it! All the acts were great tonight. I know how scary it is to do what they just did, they should all be so proud of themselves!

Trevor: I love the singers' attitude and I must say that this performance was epic!

Daniel: Not my style of music, might do well since it's Russia.. Vocal performance was very good.



Interval Act

Glen Vella, Fleur Balzan, Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Maria Muscat and Chloe Cortis were the jury members on behalf of Malta at this evenings' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, we've seen a host of special guests this evening, including the reigning winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Emmelie de Forest and also last years' winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Anastasia who had won with the song Nebo. At the last minute, Zlata seemed to have replaced Ruslana due to the recent political upheavals although no official announcement was made. Malta has just WON the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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


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