Twelve year old Alexa Curtis, winner of The Voice Australia has released the song she will sing in Malta! It is called ‘We Are’ and is an American style pop song, similar to Bella Paige’s genre. The song was co-written by Ali Tamposi, best known for co-writing Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-nominated song, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, award-winning writer Tania Doko, who has worked with artists including 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw, Tina Arena and Samantha Jade, and Boi 1da, a Canadian hip-hop producer who has worked with artists including Eminem, Jay Z, and Kendrick Lamar. Big names!
Alexa Curtis said of her entry: “I really love this song. It’s uplifting and sends a positive message to inspire people to believe that we are who we are, no matter what, and to believe in ourselves. It’s about saying that we don’t need money or nice things. It’s about friendship and feeling empowered. I feel relaxed and happy when I sing it and hope that it makes other people happy too.”
Listen to the song here!
Serbia has revealed their entry tonight! Dunja Jeličić sings ‘U la la la’, a funky upbeat number with some Balkan influences. Dunja has a really mature and deep voice which should be very impressive for juries and audiences alike. The composer of the song was Vladimir Graić (composer of ESC Serbia 2007 and Slovenia 2012) and written by Leontina Vukomanović (ESC Montenegro 2004 and Serbia 2015). RTS collaborated with Children’s Belgrade Cultural Center when searching for a singer. They wanted someone who could both sing and dance, was comfortable performing and could communicate well. Dunja was the lucky one. She comes from the same show as Lena from 2015, Pinkove Zvezde. Watch her song below:
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George Michaelides released his song ‘Dance Floor’ which will be the Cypriot entry this year. It’s a style which is unique to Junior Eurovison, instead of a chorus there is more a techno dance track. George is an avid dancer, he has previously come 3rd in the European Street Dance Championships, so we can perhaps expect an amazing dance routine in Malta. This entry should prove very popular with the local audience if that’s the case. The song was written and composed by Andreas Anastasiou and Jonas Gladnikoff, as well as George himself. The music video for the song was directed by Maria Charis.
The much-awaited Bulgarian song has been released! The music video was directed by Vasil Stefanov while the song was composed by Graffa with lyrics by Iliya Grigorov. The song is about how children have a natural tolerance and hope and how a child can make the world a better place. Watch it here: Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day
Sofia Fisenko – Zhivaya voda
Skazhi, chto budet s nami
Kogda za oblakami
Moyo serdechko b’yotsya
A ya, ya proshu solntsa
Nam vsem, nam vsem
Kazhdomu vse pechali storonoy
Yesli ty so mnoy, ya ne boyus’
I prozrachnoyu vodoy
Ya po vsey planete razol’yus’, razol’yus’
KISSES – Kisses and Dancing
Ooh, let’s go!
Heb jij je week niet of je dag niet
En gaat het even niet zoals je wilde?
Wij weten hoe je weer de zon ziet
En dit gevoel zo de wereld rondvliegt
Je weet niet niet niet precies wat je doen moet
Je weet niet niet niet precies maar het voelt goed
Je weet niet niet niet precies wat je doen moet
Hey world, get up and dance
Mariam Mamadashvili will sing for Georgia this year in Malta! She is 10 years old and a member of Bzikebi Studio. She was chosen by a jury comprising of Rusudan Bakhtadze (Vocal), Nato Dumbadze (producer), Zaza orashvili (Director), Nick Kocharov (singer) & JESC’s Lizi Pop. The final two were Mariam and Luke Kacharvan but Mariam won overall. She actually attended JESC in Malta as part of the Georgian delegation so she will know what to expect. The song will be written by regular Georgian composer Giga Kukhianidze, therefore despite having a national final this year, in the end the team remains the same.
Mariam has been singing since she was 4, first at studio Basti Bubu (responsible for JESC 2009 the Princesses), then at Bzikebi Studio. She also plays the piano and has acted in ‘Anna and I’. Last year she moved to the USA and atends Tomlinson Middle School and the Broadway Method Academy music school.
You can see her past music video Butterfly here.
12-year-old Alexa, lives in Brisbane with her family, who moved to Australia from Auckland in New Zealand.
Alexa began contemporary and jazz training when only 5 years old. In 2012 she appeared in an amateur production of ‘Oliver’ alongside her brother, Aidan, another budding singer/actor, giving her a real taste of performing on stage. She has performed in the Sydney Schools Spectacular and other events supporting children’s charities. Alexa loves her sport and over the past 7 years found time to attend the young Surf Life Savers ‘nippers’ at her local surf club on the Gold Coast and she has recently taken up netball.
At only 10 years old, in 2014, Alexa captured Australia’s attention when she won ‘The Voice Kids Australia’, with Delta Goodrem as her mentor. Without having any formal vocal training she sang live in front of millions of viewers. She is now signed to Universal Music Australia.
SBS has announced that Alexa Curtis will represent Australia in Junior Eurovision 2016! She was the winner of the Voice Kids, beating out last year’s representative Bella Paige, who ended 2nd.
Music and dance has been Alexa’s passion since she was young and at just 12 years of age she is already an accomplished and experienced performer. With no formal voice training until she entered the Voice, the experience encouraged Alexa to realise her dream and pursue her passion of performing and singing professionally.
Alexa Curtis said: “I was so excited when I found out that I would be representing Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta. I think I am still a little bit in shock to be honest. I would like to thank SBS for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I know it’s going to be a crazy experience but I just can’t wait to get over there and do what I love doing most: singing for people. I can’t wait to perform my song. I really love it and hope Australia and the rest of the world will too.”
Alexa was selected by SBS and production partner Blink TV as the perfect young artist to showcase Australia’s musical talents to the world.
SBS Director of Television and Online Content Marshall Heald said: “SBS is thrilled to be part of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for a second consecutive year, giving Australia the opportunity to strengthen our long-standing love affair with all things Eurovision. Alexa is an incredibly talented young performer who embodies SBS’s celebration of creativity and diversity, and we can’t wait to see her take the stage in Malta where she will undoubtedly do Australia proud.”
Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke said: “I’m sure Alexa will be a terrific ambassador for Australia – she has a vocal maturity well beyond her years, but she’s also a classic Aussie kid! We can’t wait to see her on the Eurovision Junior stage, and we’re delighted to be associated with Eurovision once again.”
SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at 3.30pm Saturday 26 November on SBS. Eurovision fans can also tune in to SBS’s LIVE coverage of the contest from Valetta, Malta at 2:00am Monday 21 November on SBS.
More details about Alexa’s song entry and Australia’s voting jury will be announced soon.
The EBU has matched the number of participating countries from last year, we have 17 countries in for 2016, only one less than the all-time high of 18. This is great news! The brilliant 17 are:
- Cyprus – returning after a 1 year absence
- Israel – returning after a 3 year absence
- Poland – returning after a 11 year absence
- The Netherlands
Sadly we lost Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia. However Poland is a large country and will bring a much larger viewership to the contest (we hope!).