This week Australia announced that they would once again take part at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 2017-edition will mark the third time that the Land Down Under will be present at the contest. And so will ESCDaily.com!
Let’s look back at the brief history of Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and what we can expect from them in Tblisi this year.
Debut in Sofia in 2015
The participation of Australia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. SBS previously broadcast every edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on a broadcast delay, before getting the opportunity to actually take part.
The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2015 contest was Bella Paige with the song “My Girls”. After the first round of rehearsals, enthusiasm took over the press center in Bulgaria, with people stating that Bella’s song might be “too good for Junior Eurovision”.
After two days of rehearsals, the young participants of tcontest in Sofia finally got the Opening Ceremony they deserved. All of the 17 artists arrived in their best attire, including Bella Paige! ESCDaily weas on the scene to cover the event.
In the end, Bella finished in eighth place out of seventeen participating entries, achieving a score of sixty-four points. A slightly disappointing result…
Alexa makes it to the top-5 in Valletta
Australia continued their participation at the 2016 contest, having internally selected Alexa Curtis with her song “We Are”. Another former star from The Voice Australia, as was Bella Paige. And another young artist that knew very clear what she wanted to do with her performance…
In the press center, there was a lot of debate whether or not Alexa needed additional help from backing dancers, or not.
But “We Are” finished in fifth place, scoring 202 points; Australia’s best result to date. It is safe to say that Alexa did a fair job in Malta.
Three the lucky number for Australia at Junior Eurovision?
Will Australia go all the way in Tblisi and win a Eurovision event for the first time in history? Paul Clarke, Australia’s Head of Delegation at Eurovision and Director of Blink TV, said. “Eurovision and Junior Eurovision always showcase our Australian singers and songwriters in the most impactful way, and to a huge European audience. This is a very exciting new step in our Eurovision story and we welcome ABC ME and their viewers! We really look forward to working with ABC ME”. Clarke also confirmed that the adult contest will remain at SBS Australia.
Chances are that Australia will once again go for a young artist that has some experience already on a big stage. It is very likely they will once again end us with someone that took part in The Voice Kids Australia. We will cover a couple of possible names for Georgia 2017 later this week.