Ahead of this month’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Eurovoix.com talks to Jael Wena from Australia, who will sing “Champion”.
What was your first reaction when you found out that you would be representing Australia at Junior Eurovision?
I was shocked! My mum and dad came into my bedroom with my manager on the phone and she told me the exciting news. We all started screaming, crying and jumping up and down! I ended up rolling around on the ground laughing, I was so happy.
Your dad has a recording studio which you have recorded songs in. What’s it like being in a recording studio from such a young age?
My whole family is musical, and it’s been so fun and helpful having parents who support my musical dreams. My dad records and produces for lots of singers and groups, and he always has time for me to come in and practise or record a song. It’s been the best experience growing up with my dad in the studio. I’ve learnt so much from him and I’m grateful to have someone in my life who is so talented.
Your song is called “Champion”. Who is your champion in life?
I would have to say definitely my mum and dad, for different reasons. My dad is Champion because 17 years ago he came to Australia from Congo in Africa. He was brave enough to come to a new country without any family or support and he didn’t even speak the language. He’s made a life for himself, a life to be proud of. Also my mum because she’s the glue that holds our family together. She is such a strong and determined person and I try to be a Champion like her, always.
Have you talked to any past Junior Eurovision participants?
I have actually, I was so lucky I got to meet and chat to Isabella Clarke, the Australian Representative from last year. She was so nice and friendly, she told me what her experience was like and gave me some advice for this year. I also met Bella Paige, the first Australian to do Junior Eurovision. It was really special to meet those two girls who’ve been in the same position as me.
What are you looking forward to the most in Minsk?
Well firstly showing everyone what I can do and singing on that amazing Eurovision stage for the whole world! I’m also looking forward to meeting some local Belarusians, the cold weather and maybe some snow and eating traditional food!
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Put simply; to never give up! When you feel like things are too much to handle or there’s a huge challenge, you have to keep on going. If you don’t give up, you can achieve great things and become very successful.
If you couldn’t be a singer, what would be instead and why?
I know the answer to this, definitely a fashion designer! Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been interested in creating and imaging things and putting those ideas into fashion/clothes.
ABC ME will broadcast all the incredible performances of the 16th JESC competition during a very special family television event on Monday November 26 at 6pm.