Gaia Cauchi, the little girl with an enormous voice, has returned to Malta as a hero. According to the Times of Malta, Gaia “emerged in the arrivals lounge clutching her trophy and a soft toy and was applauded by a crowd of people who had been waiting for her.” All hail the Queen of Junior Eurovision!

Europeans who loved hearing Gaia sing last night will have another opportunity come May. It’s being reported that Gaia has been invited to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Adults from Belgium to Belarus are now very nervous they’ll be shown up Malta’s rising star. The EBU is hoping that the winners of its adult and children’s contests can help bridge the gap between the two by performing at each other’s events. As you’ll recall, Eurovision 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest took to the stage in Kyiv on Saturday evening.

Our friends at ESCFlashMalta, the leading Eurovision fan site on the sunny island, have been in contact with officials within the EBU. They are hearing whisphers that everything is on track for PBS, Malta’s state broadcaster, to host JESC in 2014. That would be amazing. We seriously need some sun in December! Unlike adult Eurovision, the winning broadcaster is not obliged to host the next year’s contest. It is thought that removing this burden frees the children of pressure to win. But, now that Gaia has already won, PBS seem keen to invite Europe down south.

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Photo at top: Times of Malta

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RiaNL
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RiaNL

Congratulations for Malta and Gaia !! She is amazing and she deserves het victory for 100% !! Her song and her voice are very beautiful !! I have voted for het !!

Best regards and all the luck for Gaia !! from The Netherlands

Julian
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Julian

one ESC is enough anything else would be just a by-product

Arianna
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Emmelie’s appearance at JESC was sooooooooooooooo bland. The only thing that stood out was the cute little flautist & it was immediately forgotten after Zlata’s performance. But Gaia’s voice was so big, so I guess that won’t happen at ESC.. But maybe her appearance will be a small one. It’ll be interesting to see if this tac tic will draw more countries to JESC.

Katie Wilson
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Yup, I agree with Padraig on this one too. I wanna see Emmelie and some Danish singers during the interval! Or a Danish equivalent of Petra Mede…

Bogdan Honciuc
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There are lots of people who are not aware that Junior Eurovision is a thing, so it wouldn’t hurt its organizers and fans, not to mention Gaia herself, to have such an amazing exposure. It’s going to be an interval act, after all. I’m guessing that’ll be Padraig’s toilet break 🙂

Gavin
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Gavin

Ok I appriciate her talent, I mean she is amazing, wow, great talent!

BUT…

I really don’t have any interest in listening to junior eurovision songs or seeing the contestants! I. Sure loads of people will enjoy her all over Europe but it’s going to be loo and cocktail making break for me.

It’s just so screechy! IMO.

fikri
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fikri

what does this mean? she’s gonna participate in eurovision 2014?

Mike
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Mike

Totally agree with Padraig. It’s sad that JESC has only 12 contestants, but if countries don’t wanna join them, Gaia will not gonna change that!

Padraig Muldoon
Admin

Why are the EBU trying to shove JESC down people’s throats? Plonking its winner in the middle of Eurovision isn’t going to make the 20 – 30 countries who weren’t at JESC suddenly want to take part next year. The 2 should be kept separate and if people watch both great. And if people just watch Eurovision so what?

beccaboo1212
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I’m so happy for her 🙂

Alexander Green
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Gaia definitely deserved to win. Her voice is amazing and the lyrics are inspiring. However, I do have to admit that the ballad itself is pretty bland, although this year’s Junior Eurovision wasn’t strong on the melodic front in general.