Gaia Cauchi, the 15-year-old up-and-coming starlet from Mġarr, floored the four judges on X Factor UK during her stellar audition on the international talent show.
Performing Paloma Faith’s ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’, the feisty yet down-to-earth Maltese singer hit all the right notes, even causing superstar vocalist Robbie Williams to say: “You’re incredibly charismatic and I think you have The X Factor.”
Robbie Williams, along with Simon Cowell, Ayda Williams, and Louis Tomlinson, all gave her a “yes”, meaning she will be going on to the next stages of X Factor UK, which include a bootcamp as well as the six chair challenge.
Williams indicated his intention to have Gaia join one of the groups, so watch this space to see how that develops!
Pictured: Gaia performing in Lovin Malta’s official campaign anthem in 2017
Gaia Cauchi made waves in 2013 when she won Junior Eurovision for Malta with her song The Start.
Her first international showcase came two years earlier when she appeared on the popular Italian TV show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and belted out Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary’. She won the prestigious Sanremo Junior Music Festival a year later in her category when she was just nine years old, singing ‘One Night Only’, from the hit film Dreamgirls.