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