Jael Wena has won the award for “Young Rising Talent” at the Afroshine Media Awards during the past week.
Australia’s has won the “Young Rising Talent” award at the Afro Shine Awards which took place on November 11. The singer from Melbourne, who will be performing “Champion” at Junior Eurovision received the award from the African Australian Community.
In the past couple of weeks Jael has been actively rehearsing for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The singer will be leaving for Belarus on Friday ahead of rehearsals starting on Tuesday.
Who is Jael Wena?
Twelve-year-old Jael Wena was born on 22nd December 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. Jael began singing at the age of four, and by the time she was nine she had already recorded songs in her father’s recording studio. The young singer’s most notable achievement is winning the top award at the Fast Track Talent Showcase for three years in a row.
2018 will be the fourth time that Australia has participated in Junior Eurovision. In 2017, 13 year old Isabella Clarke, also from Melbourne, finished in third place in the contest which was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. She scored a total of 172 points for her performance of “Speak Up.”
In 2018, Junior Eurovision will once again be broadcast in Australia on ABC ME and joining Jael will be host Grace Koh, plus Pip Rasmussen and Lawrence Gunatilaka.
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Australia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, the same year as their Eurovision Song Contest debut. The country is yet to win the contest, and their best result was in 2017, when Isabella Clarke performed her song “Speak Up” and received 3rd place with 172 points. Australia’s worst result comes from their debut in 2015, when Bella Paige and her song “My Girls” finished in 8th place with 64 points. Australia have been present at every contest since their debut.