SBS has announced that 12 year old Alexa Curtis will represent Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Malta.
The 12 year old rose to fame within Australia as the winner of “The Voice Kids” in 2014, this was the same series that Bella Paige who represented Australia in 2015 finished as a runner up. Alexa who lives in Brisbane, was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia at the age of 5. At just 10 years old she won over the Australian public and her judge Delta Goodrem in “The Voice Kids”. Alexa told SBS that:
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.
Paul Clarke, the Director of Blink TV, the production company behind Australian participation in the contest added that:
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.
The song that Alexa will be performing will be revealed in the coming weeks. Furthermore the kids and the adult jury members from Australia will also be revealed soon.
Australia will be competing for a second year running in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having been represented by Bella Paige last year in Bulgaria. Australia has a long history of interest in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having broadcast the contest every year since the first contest in 2003. Bella Paige represented Australia in 2015 she went on to perform “My Girls” in Bulgaria finishing 8th with a total of 64 points.