We had the opportunity to talk to Gaia, the Maltese representative at #JuniorEurovision 2022, about her experience of being selected for the competition and her expectations for Yerevan. Gaia Gambuzza is a 14-year-old singer who was born on 24 November 2008 in Mosta, in the centre of the island of Malta. She is the oldest representative of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
She lives with her parents, her siblings and her shih tzu dog, originally from Tibet, her most beloved pet. From a very young age, when she used her toothbrush or the hairdryer in her bathroom as a microphone, her teachers saw Gaia’s artistic potential and advised her parents that it would be good for her to continue her education in the world of music, and so she did, as she started attending classes at a local performing arts school when she was only 4 years old, and thanks to a teacher she loves very much, she discovered her love for music and dance.
In addition to music, Gaia is also fascinated by the world of education, and when she grows up, in addition to her musical side, she would like to be a great speech therapist or vocal coach, just like her mother, whom she considers a great example. Her adventure in Yerevan will not be her first experience on stage. At just seven years old, she began to form part of the Phyllisienne Brincat choir with which she covered Christmas songs and carols such as “Jingle Bell Rock” or “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Among the competitions in which she has taken part we can highlight the “Hybla Music” festival in Ragusa, Italy, the “Sajf ma’ Gaffiero” in 2016 in which she competed with a special song composed for her mother or the “Shine Singers Festival” in Valletta.
The young girl competed with great success in the junior version of the Festival di Sanremo, held at the famous Teatro Manoel in Malta, she also reached the final of the prestigious Mediaset Italia show “IBand” in 2021 where she dazzled with Frank Sinatra’s classic, “New York, New York”, getting an automatic thumbs up from all the judges.