From Poland we head to Australia and talk to the incredibly talented Alexa Curtis who will be performing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Australia is taking part in Junior Eurovision for a second time this year, represented by 12-year-old Alexa Curtis. 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. In our interview with the talented singer we discuss about taking part in this years contest, what she wants viewers to take from her song and her unexpected past time.
A very big thanks for talking to us Alexa. When we say the sentence: “Alexa Curtis the Junior Eurovision 2016 participant from Australia”, how does that make you feel?
I’m so happy – it means the world to me that I get to represent Australia. That’s just crazy! It makes me so ready and determined to make Australia proud. I get the opportunity to meet other kids from other countries who love singing, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
What was your immediate reaction when you were told you would be performing at Junior Eurovision?
I was so excited, but super shocked and surprised!
You’ve already performed to millions of viewers when you were on The Voice Kids, what was that experience like for you?
I was only ten when I was on The Voice Kids and I hadn’t had any formal vocal lessons before. I learnt so much in terms of preparation, diction, delivery, how to use the stage and how to handle the pressure. It was important to me to be positive, relax, laugh and just enjoy the whole experience.
In less than a couple of weeks time you will be performing to a venue full of fans and families and to viewers at home, how does that feel?
My goal is just to do my best and sing well. I want to make Australia proud and put everything into my performance and giving it my all. I hope it’s a performance that is inspiring and one that people will remember. I can’t say too much about what I’ll be doing on stage, but I definitely won’t be dancing as it’s not that sort of song!
What are you most looking forward to about going to Malta?
This will be my first time in Europe! I’m looking forward to seeing the beautiful scenery, meeting the people and trying some of the local food.
Your song is called “We Are”, what is the message of the song and what is the one thing you want listeners to take from your song?
One thing I want listeners to take from my song is the message that you are not alone, and that there is always someone who will look out for you.
Now we already know you’re an active netball player, but is something can you do that we wouldn’t expect you to be able to do?
I am into my eighth year this summer doing Surf Life Saving ‘nippers’ (which is like a sort of Life Guard training) on the beach. It’s very popular in Australia.
Finally do you have a message for your fans and the readers of Eurovoix.com?
Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I read all the comments from my fans and I am so happy you can share this journey with me. You guys are awesome!
We wish Alexa all the best for the contest on Sunday and for her first rehearsal later today in Malta. Watch the official music video for her song “We Are” below: