Gaia Cauchi, a small girl from a small island, has just won big. The 11-year-old singer cruised to victory at Junior Eurovision 2013, blowing away televoters and jurors with her powerful vocals and infectious smile. Her song may be called “The Start” but we have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a long and successful career.

The Junior Eurovision winner comes from a rural village called Mgarr, but she’s been competing on bigger stages for a while now. She placed first in the junior section of the popular San Remo festival, and was recently honoured at the 2013 Malta Music Awards. But young Gaia still has her feet planted firmly on the ground. During her victory speech she thanked her vocal coach Gillian Attard and her parents. Awwwww. After the televised broadcast cut, she told reporters, “I am so happy!”

As you can see in these photos, Gaia was overwhelmed with emotion in the moments after her victory. She repeatedly wiped her eyes in between smiles and hugs from competitors.

Gaia Cauchi Junior Eurovision winner 1 Gaia Cauchi Junior Eurovision winner 2 Gaia Cauchi Junior Eurovision winner 3

Ahead of the contest, all signs seemed to point to Malta’s first victory at Junior Eurovision. Gaia placed first in our poll, and she also finished first with our jury of music unprofessionals.

Even so, there were critics who suggested her song wasn’t exciting enough for JESC and that it was perhaps a bit too mature. Fortunately we knew Gaia had plenty of inner strength to handle the talk, as evidenced by the lyrics of her song. You can’t hold this girl down.

Cause I have this voice inside
That I don’t want to hide
But people told me I can’t do it
I know that I’l get through it
I know that I can make it
I’ll reach for the stars

Beautiful.

What do you think about Malta’s victory? Has Whitney Houston been re-incarnated as a Maltese girl? Does Mariah Carey need to call Gaia for vocal lessons? Let us know in the comments box below.

http://youtu.be/6YnIBhWK3Cs

Complete Results

1. Malta – 130 points

2. Ukraine – 121 points

3. Belarus – 108 points

4. Russia – 106 points

5. Georgia – 91 points

6. Armenia – 69 points

7. Azerbaijan – 66 points

8. The Netherlands – 59 points

9. Sweden – 46 points

10. San Marino – 42 points

11. Moldova – 41 points

12. FYR Macedonia – 19 points

Check out all of Junior Eurovision reviews and pre-show rankings by clicking here. You can read all of our Junior Eurovision 2013 coverage by clicking here. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: junioreurovision.tv (EBU)

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Arianna
Guest

Loved her. She’s definitely destined for stardom. I donno about cruising to victory.. Remember the battle at the beginning of voting between Malta & Russia & then Ukraine started to sneak up & during the last voting round, could’ve taken the Maltese victory away? I was holding my breath for most of the voting :O It was intense. I couldn’t imagine how it must have been for her sitting & waiting lol.

Sylvia Borg
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Sylvia Borg

YOU MADE MALTA PROUD BUT MOSTLY YOU MADE OUR SMALL VILLAGE OF MGARR FEEL BIG ! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND GOD BLESS !

Anthony Ko
Editor

Update: All 12 performances have now been uploaded on the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel! And yes Zach, they’re all available in glorious 720p HD.

Anthony Ko
Editor

The video I’ve provided Zach, is probably the only one that has both 720p and 1080p HD so far. At the moment, the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest YouTube Channel don’t seem to have the videos of all 12 performances.

Zach
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Zach

I was wondering if this year’s contest was produced in HD because the youtube videos so far don’t look like it’s natural.

simon
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simon

you made malta proud. thankyou gaia

mark
Guest

Malta is the best more than bigger countreys

ashley
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ashley

BIG WELL DONE GAIA !! You made all the maltese proud and showed that with a good song no neighbours are needed !!!!

Julian
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Julian

congrats to the winner and to all, good luck to Malta hosting JESC 2014

Mike
Editor

Good job Malta. Little island beated on her own old USSR (places 2 till 7)!

Anthony Ko
Editor

If you need the video, it’s right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YnIBhWK3Cs

D
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D

I knew Malta was the best song, my only concern was if kids would vote for such a mature entry, I knew she’d win if it was adults voting, and I’m happy the kids saw the beauty in her song as well. Macedonia deserved a higher placing and Ukraine deserved a lower placing, those are my only critiques. Everything else seemed to be around where I predicted them.

NathalieBazinga
Guest

This girl has better vocals than 90% of the ‘adult’ Eurovision contestants

Rogesc
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Rogesc

Zlata’s interval act was awesome! Does anyone know the names of the songs (besides of Gravity of course) ?

RUTHIE
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RUTHIE

WELL DONE GAIA – YOU DESERVED TO BE THE WINNER. YOUR VOICE IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC. WELL DONE – YOU MADE OUR DAY!!!!

Marissa
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Marissa

srsly san marino ended almost last place? ok, now it’s official. europe is completly deaf. I’m not. I voted al lot of times. although happy with the winner, she was my 3th. bit still…

eurovision-berlin
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eurovision-berlin

Entertaining show with exciting voting. Everything could happen. Results are ok, deserved winner. Next year in Malta will become nice. My highlight was interval act with Zlata Ognevich. Only criticism: Moldova is underrated.

Inge
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Inge

She was very good. Deserved winner. About Macedonia – I thought she was awful. The act was horrendous and her vocals even more so. Also, the song just didn’t work.

stephen
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stephen

We are proud of you Puppa! BIG WELL DONE FROM US AT THE SEABANK ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT! xxxx

Emily
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Emily

I don’t really care about Malta winning; the only thing I really want to know is how Barbara got last place! She deserves waay more.

Marie
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Marie

I knew Malta could win. She was clearly the best. Amazing vocals 🙂 Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww she made us proud 🙂 Well done Gaia 🙂

Anthony Ko
Editor

This could be ‘The Start’ of a potential Eurovision star for the future! My day is complete!

Rebecca, it’s already on the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website.

brett
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brett

Real winner but its really redicilous that The Netherlands ended at place number 8! Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan better than the twins? NO! Its so redicilous that the netherlands ended at the 8th places. shame on you europe

beccaboo1212
Guest

Cngratulations Malta! (PS – She should do a music vide for “The Start!”)

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Can I ask you something?
Who are you & how did you know?

karen
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karen

congrats to her, a really deserved winner.