Gaia Cauchi M.Q.R. (Template:IPA-it, born 19 November 2002) is a Maltese child singer. She represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and won the contest with her song "The Start".
Before the Junior Eurovision
Gaia’s first "international gig" came in 2011 when she appeared on the popular Italian TV show Ti Lascio Una Canzone. She took on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and left the audience shouting "bellissimo!". She won the prestigious Sanremo Junior Music Festival a year later in her category when she was just nine years old. There, she sang "One Night Only", from the hit film Dreamgirls.
After a two-year break from the contest, PBS (Public Broadcasting Services) decided to return to the Junior Eurovision. PBS, Malta's national broadcaster went for an internal selection and chose Cauchi to represent the island nation. Cauchi won the contest on 30 November with a 9-point lead over Ukraine. Being the winner of the Junior Eurovision, she was given a trophy which was incidentally broken few minutes after being awarded, when the contingent had a group hug. She became the first singer from Malta to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the first person from the island nation to win an EBU produced competition.
On 2 December 2013, the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced that Cauchi would be awarded the order Xirka Ġieħ ir-Repubblika, the country’s highest honour. This move generated controversy, and she and her team were given the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika instead on 13 December 2013.
Cauchi made an appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 performing part of her winning song.
|2012||"Noti u Kliem"||Notes and words||Non-album single(s)|
|2014||"Floating on Air"||---|
|"Children of the Future"||---|
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- "Gieh ir-Repubblika for Gaia Cauchi". Times of Malta. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- "Controversy rages over Gaia Gieh ir-Repubblika award". Times of Malta. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- "Gaia to receive same honour as Ira Losco". The Malta Independent. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
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- Gaia Cauchi - Participant Profile on the official site of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
|Awards and achievements|
with "Knock Knock!… Boom! Boom!"
|Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
[[Image:Template:Country flag alias Ukraine|border|25x20px|Template:Country alias Ukraineの旗]] Anastasiya Petryk
with "Nebo" (Небо)
|Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
[[Image:Template:Country flag alias Italy|border|25x20px|Template:Country alias Italyの旗]] Vincenzo Cantiello
with "Tu primo grande amore"