Eleven-year-old Gaia Cauchi of Malta has won the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) broadcast tonight from the National Palace of Arts Ukraine in Kyiv.
Gaia, who impressed judges with her self-penned composition "The Start", has been singing since the age of two. As part of her prize, she will attend the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen next year.
Sofia Tarasova of Ukraine came second with the song "We are one". Third place was awarded to Ilya Volkov, the eleven year old representing Belarus with the song "Poy so mnoy".
Twelve contestants, aged between ten and fifteen years, took part in the two hour contest hosted by Ukrainian public broadcaster and EBU Member NTU.
The contestants, in order of appearance, were:
The evening's highlights included performances by Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, last year’s JESC winner Anastasiya Petryk, and co-host and Eurovision Malmö 2013 place-getter Zlata Ognevich.