GAIA CAUCHI sits down with VIDA MAGAZINE to take a look back at her journey on The X Factor. We see what she’s been up to, and what we can expect from her in the near future.

1. HOW HAVE YOU EVOLVED AS AN ARTIST SINCE YOU WON THE JUNIOR EUROVISION IN 2013?
Time gives you a big advantage and since I’m still pretty young, it’s easier for me to take my time and think twice before doing something. The Junior Eurovision was something that I will always carry in my heart… it was a big stepping stone for me and I am still thankful to this day that I had the opportunity to do it. Throughout the years, the Junior Eurovision wasn’t the only thing that I did that me led to where I am today. There were other competitions that I participated in, and every time, I felt like I grew and learnt from the experiences, as well as the risks I would have taken.

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2. WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER PARTICIPATING IN THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST FOR ADULTS ONCE YOU TURN 16?
When I was younger, I used to say that I can’t wait until I can actually participate. Now that I’ve grown a bit older, I don’t look at it in the same way.
The Eurovision is a beautiful competition but I want to take my music even further… not just limited to the Eurovision.

3. YOU WOWED THE X FACTOR JUDGES IN THE UK WITH YOUR OWN RENDITION OF PALOMA FAITH’S ‘ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS’. HOW DID IT FEEL TO BE PERFORMING FOR SIMON COWELL, ONE DIRECTION’S LOUIS TOMLINSON, ROBBIE WILLIAMS AND HIS WIFE AYDA FIELD?
Obviously, performing in front of these people was an honour. It was always my dream to sing in front of Simon Cowell and eventually be judged by him. Thankfully, I received some nice comments, mostly from him. He’s not as bad as everyone thinks he is.

4. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING CLOSELY WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS? WAS THAT REALLY HIS HOUSE YOU PERFORMED AT? WHAT IS HE REALLY LIKE?
Before the live shows, you never actually get to work with Robbie Williams himself. It is in the live shows that he starts mentoring his acts. The house that we performed in was indeed actually his house. It’s big and beautiful as one would imagine. Even though we didn’t get through to the live shows, I can always say that I was in Robbie William’s
actual house in Beverly Hills!

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5. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR X FACTOR JOURNEY?
Some people audition before actually going on the show. For me it was slightly different. There are people searching for talent all the time throughout the year, and fortunately, I was one of those who got chosen. I was scouted. I wanted to audition for The X Factor the
following year, but as soon as I got the call and the opportunity to go, I couldn’t let it slip away so I took the chance.

6. YOU WERE PUT IN AN ALL-GIRL BAND, SWEET SENSE. WILL WE SEE MORE OF THIS BAND NOW THAT YOUR JOURNEY ON THE SHOW HAS COME TO AN END? IF NOT, WOULD YOU CONSIDER JOINING A GIRL BAND OR DO YOU INTEND ON PURSUING A CAREER AS A SOLO ARTIST?
Being in a girl group wasn’t easy at all. When you work alone it’s always easier because you get used to the way you work by yourself, but when working with other people, you need to not only build on the chemistry, but also learn how to fit within the group. As soon as a group is formed, you are no longer a solo artist… you have become another member in a group. This was quite shocking to me at first because never in my life would I have imagined myself being in a girl group. However, I was given the chance to go further on in the competition, so I took it. We had our arguments, we had our ups and downs, but the girls eventually became like family to me and I wouldn’t have had it in any other way.

7. WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE, GOING FROM ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF THE X FACTOR TO GOING BACK TO A NORMAL LIFE? ARE YOU BACK AT SCHOOL?
Being up there living my dream, and then all of a sudden finding myself back home wasn’t something I dealt with too well at first. I was feeling really disappointed in myself because I felt like I could have done better. Along the way, however, I learnt to always be proud of the things I’ve achieved, even if I wished to achieve more than that.

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8. IS THERE A SINGER YOU ADMIRE OR WHOSE CAREER SUCCESS IS CLOSE TO WHAT YOU WANT TO HAVE?
There are many singers which I really look up to; Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Justin Bieber

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and many more. My favourite singer would probably have to be Ed Sheeran. He has gone through a lot – from when he was really young up until now. He writes and produces his own songs and that is something that I want to be doing soon. Up until now, although I already do write my own songs, I never actually finalise any of them.

9. ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY NEW MUSIC? ANY UPCOMING ALBUM WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
I’m always working on new music. I’m also thinking about releasing new material sometime soon. Having said this, I also plan on focusing on my studies at the moment, as school is also very important. However, without a doubt, music will always be my number one priority.

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