Australia will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in a row. The show will be broadcast by ABC ME, Australia’s leading broadcast and online TV service for school aged children and their families.
Photo Credits belong to ABC ME.
ABC ME’s popular host, Grace Koh, will attend the event in the Tbilisi Sports Palace in Georgia. On Monday 27 November, she will be joined by Pip Rasmussen and Tim Mathews during the ABC ME broadcast at the family friendly time of 7.30pm. The Grand Final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will have taken place a day earlier, on Sunday November 26th, but countries are free to broadcast it at a later timeslot.
Paul Clarke: Adult Eurovision stays with SBS
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.
David Anderson, ABC Director of Television, said. “We are delighted to be working with SBS, the European Broadcasting Union and production partner Blink TV on such an incredible event. Our channel is able to maximise the reach of the extraordinary contest, while introducing our audience to incredible performers and cultures from across Europe, as well as encouraging them to get behind our Australian contestant.”
Alexa Curtis & Bella Paige
The question remains, however, who this contestant will be. In the past two years, Australia chose for young girls who had previously competed at The Voice Kids. Both Bella Paige and Alexa Curtis came up with some of the more mature JESC-songs. Both their power ballads reached the top 10 of the competition. Alexa Curtis currently holds the honour of Australia’s best JESC result: she finished in fifth place with 202 points.