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San Marino, the only debut country in this years’ edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest have made their choice with regards to both the artist and their respectively entry. As expected, an internal selection took place with SMTV selecting Michele Perniola and the song O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me which translates into Sunlight All Around Me co-written with Piero Romitelli, Massimiliano Messieri and Antonello Carozza.

It is worth pointing out that Gaia Cauchi, the Maltese representative was also a contestant on the programme Ti Lascio Una Canzone hosted by Antonella Clerici on RAI Uno. Following his stint on the programme, Michele was dubbed as Italy’s answer to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, having also had the opportunity to perform a number of his songs during the course of the series.

Italian at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was heard just once before, during the performance of a song entitled Birichino which representing Switzerland back in 2004. It has only received four (4) points at the end of the voting, all coming from Malta, whose correspondance to the language has always been relatively high. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SMBBo0ogW4

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

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:15

JESC 2013: Rumours Suggest San Marino Debut

NTU, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is currently finalising details with regards to the staging despite the fact that the final list of participating countries is not yet confirmed. The fact of the matter remains that the European Broadcasting Union is somewhat holding talks with a select number of broadcasters, leading to possible debuts and returns. It is being widely rumoured that San Marino will be making their first appearance at the competition, even though success at the senior event has not been recorded.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine are the eleven (11) participating countries which have confirmed their presence for the event taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. Malta will be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years, with Gaia Cauchi set to perform the song The Start a co-write between Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. San Marino's debut would see Italian being used at the event for just the second time in history with Switzerland having made use of the language back in 2004 with Demis Mirarchi performing the track Birichiro. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLwy2pTc8NY

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

This morning the official logo for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has been presented. NTU, the Ukrainian Broadcaster has revealed that the official logo will complement the slogan for this year's contest which is Be Creative! One might ask why is the logo made from Puzzles. It has been explained that puzzles are means for people to be creative.

Puzzles also represent a mystery and every child uses puzzles. A puzzle also connects one another and Junior Eurovision is one way of uniting and connecting all the children around the world. As stated by the Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev: He's the perfect symbol of bringing all the elements of the show - the children and their talent - together. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kiev on 30th November 2013 with the return of Malta after an absence of 2 years. Malta will be represented by prodigy Gaia Cauchi of La Voix Academy headed by Gillian Zammit. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMjAuMI4AvU

Gaia Cauchi, Malta's representative at the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an internal selection by the Public Broadcasting Services will be joined by another eleven artists at the event following confirmation that twelve (12) countries will participate within the annual competition. The last time that Malta took part was back in 2010 when Nicole Azzopardi had honoured the nation with her entry Knock Knock!….Boom! Boom! which managed just under forty points to finish in a penultimate position.

Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine are returning countries from last years' edition of the international spectacle whilst Malta and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia are returning following an extended break. It is expected that Israel will build on last years' participation as the eleventh country with the possibility of another returning country in the form of Spain or a debut nation such as San Marino putting their hat into the ring. On Monday, the Steering Group of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest met in Kiev, Ukraine in order to discuss the way forward with regards to the event. 

Chairperson Ekaterina Orlova stated that 'their attention to detail is incredible' adding that they 'have managed to combine the element of fun and high-tech wizardry'. A  number of ideas have also been actualised including the stage design, the logo, the fact that the top three will all receive prizes, rehearsal schedules, running order plans as well as the programme which the artists will undertake to tour the country accordingly. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the Junior Eurovision Song Contest closely following Malta's return to the competition.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxjVY2blP00

Monday, 30 September 2013 17:15

JESC 2013: Zlata Ognevich Chosen as Co-Hostess

Timur Miroshnychenko, a commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest in his native Ukraine has been responsible for hosting the preselection in the lead up to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on a series of occasions, something that he had done alongside Ani Lorak, a former first runner-up within the international competition with the song Shady Lady. NTU, the broadcaster responsible for this years' international spectacle have selected Timur and Zlata as co-hosts with the second runner-up at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest garnering a major hosting gig for the very first time. This years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is taking place on the 30th November in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine are making a lot of effort to ensure that the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is a major success with the motto being simple, and spelling out Be Creative! The country has also denoted 2013 as the year of children's creative. Timur on the other hand has spoken in favour of the official team saying 'it means being state-of-the-art and knowing how to see beauty in everything. As co-host of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, I want to show the world that the new generation of Ukrainians have a brand new way of thinking'. Zlata wasn't too far off in her way of thinking, adding that 'Ukraine has so many gifted children and people who are always willing to show the beauty and richness of Ukrainian culture through their dances, songs, paintings. What we can show our guests is our big heart, our hospitality and our talent.' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMxpv8naRd8

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

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