This morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—listened to Kurt Calleja’s latest single and then headed to Valletta to review Gaia Cauchi’s Junior Eurovision 2013 song. Did we think that it’s just The Start of an amazing career for young Gaia? Or did her song signal the beginning of the end? Read on to find out….
Angus: Malta should really have the edge here on a language level, but Gaia makes you forget about the language with the power of her voice. The classic production on the song helps too, again differentiating it from the deluge of dance on offer. Her voice needs some control, though. At times she loses it. But if she can keep it in check she’s in with a strong chance of victory on the night.
Deban: Gaia can sing, but this composition doesn’t call for overblown vocal gymnastics. Overcooked beyond all proportions, ‘The Start’ loses its subtle nuances. When belting a song turns into a whiny shrill, you know it’s time to head back to the drawing board and re-craft. Still if there’s something positive to be said, its the confidence that little Miss Cauchi exudes. You can’t buy that.
Richard: Move over Chiara! Malta has found a new girl with a big set of lungs. Gaia is so intent on proving her vocals that she looks close to bursting at several points. The Start is an awesome power ballad that deserves to win the competition and wouldn’t be out of place at any Eurovision and would make a decent single for an X-factor winner. My only criticism would be her annunciation as I couldn’t quite make out some of the words but she is young and will learn. I expect Claudia Faniello is aching for a decent song like this..!
Wiwi: Whitney Houston has been re-incarnated as an 11-year-old Maltese girl. Gaia has THE voice of JESC 2013 and I am sure the professional jury will respond to that. I’m less sure how children will react. They might be intimdated by her talent! In any case, I’m voting on the voice and this voice is nearly perfect.
William Cahill: I’m glad Malta returned to JESC! Their songs are always very nice, and this is no different. Gaia’s voice is good and it doesn’t come down to digital re-mastinering. She was perfect when we heard it live. I love this, and I expect this to finish in the Top 3 along with Azerbaijan. Boy, her vocal range is good!
Zach: If Ukraine proved anything last year, it’s that an excellent singer with a sophisticated song can blow the competition away, and I feel Gaia and Malta could do just that. With vocals that deserve to be compared to Tina Turner, little Gaia has the knockout punch that may just win her the contest. The song is slower than most and very unusual, it’s almost tailored more for the adult contest. However, people counted Anastasiya out last year for the same reason, and she blew everyone out of the water. (Rightfully so I may add!) Add on a really cute face to a powerhouse voice, and you might just have our next winner! Good job Malta!
James: She is a little ball of radiating sunshine, isn’t she? Lovely. It’s nice – but it does follow the standard pattern in as far as ballads go. It’s not Disney, but it is going there. Regardless, there is so much treatment to this – the jazzy expression which Gaia gives is so pleasing to my musical ear. Fantastic range. Great facial expressions. Give ‘er some points!
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 8.57/10
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