The Australian jury for Eurojury 2020 is formed of seven members, consisting of Bella Paige, Alexa Curtis, Harrison Craig, Jaguar Jonze, Jordan Anthony, Dami Im, and Julia Morris.
Each voting nation is represented by a jury consisting of past Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, national final participants and special guests. Each juror is asked to form a ranking of their favourite competing songs which is combined with the other jurors in their country.
Young performer Bella Paige first came to attention at the age of 9 as winner of a children’s karaoke contest on Australian TV show “Mornings” where she won Delta Goodrem tickets. Later Bella again returned to the screens in 2014 as a contestant on The Voice Kids where she was mentored by The Madden Brothers, she went on to become runner-up of the show.
Following on from this, Bella was selected in 2015 to become Australia’s first ever entrant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her song “My Girls” was written by Delta Goodrem who she had won tickets to see years before. Her song finished in 8th place in the competition.
Four years after appearing on The Voice Kids, she returned to compete in the adult version of the show, mentored by Kelly Rowland. Once again Bella ended as runner-up in the competition and her song “Changing” followed shortly after her appearance.
Alexa is known in the Eurovision community for her appearance in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 for Australia. Her song “We Are” was very well received at the contest in Valletta, managing to secure Australia’s first top 5 finish at the contest.
Prior to this, she first became known to Australian audiences when she appeared in The Voice Kids in 2014 alongside fellow jury member Bella Paige. Alexa won the show with her mentor Delta Goodrem.
Since appearing in Junior Eurovision she has made several public appearances including singing the National Anthem of New Zealand where her family are from at the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup Final.
Harrison Craig is a popular singer in Australia, he was first recognised on a larger scaler when he appeared on The Voice Australia in 2013. His blind audition of “Broken Vow” by Lara Fabian received global attention online after he managed to get all four coaches to turn around for his performance despite it later becoming clear to audiences that Harrison has a stutter.
Eventually choosing Seal as his coach for the competition, Harrison continued to impress and inspire the country through each round before eventually becoming the second winner of The Voice in Australia.
Since his win on The Voice, Harrison has gone on to record three studio albums and toured Australia and other countries several times. Having recently released his single “Even If You Say So” in 2019, he is now planning to tour once again later in the year.
Originally from Japan, Deena Lynch who is known by her stage name Jaguar Jonze moved to Australia at the young age of six and started her music career within artist management. To her credit she assisted management of bands such as Orphans Orphans and Last Dinosaurs.
She released two albums before reinventing herself with the new name Jaguar Jonze in 2018 with her debut single “You Got Left Behind”. Following her next single “Beijing Baby”, she then entered the Eurovision world by attempting to represent Australia at the 2020 contest.
Her song “Rabbit Hole” was one of the 10 songs selected to compete in the second edition of “Eurovision – Australia Decides”. So committed to her performance in the competition she actually ended up dislocating her left shoulder during the song.
Jordan Anthony is the latest artist who had the responsibility of representing Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. He took to the stage in Gliwice-Silesia in November to perform the song “We Will Rise” which he helped write.
He had the honour of opening the show and eventually finished in 8th place. Prior to this, like several Australian artists at the contest before him, Jordan had previously entered The Voice. However at the age of just 14 he was actually taking part in the adult version of the show, just a few months before turning to Junior Eurovision. Under the mentoring of Delta Goodrem in the show, he eventually finished in fourth place.
Jordan has always had a passion for music coming from Perth in Western Australia, he wrote his first song at the age of 7.
More information can be found through his Instagram page.
Originally from South Korea, Dami Im soon became one of the most successful artists in Australia currently. She first came to the public eye in The X Factor Australia in 2013 where she was originally cut from the competition following bootcamp. Following the withdrawal from another contestant, she was brought back by her mentor Dannii Minogue who took her to the live shows.
Once at the live shows, Dami impressed audiences each week, received regular standing ovations from all the judges and eventually walked away as the winner of the competition. Her winner’s single “Alive” reached number 1 in the charts and was eventually certified platinum. Dami later released her self-titled debut album and her follow up album “Heart Beats” which featured her single “Gladiator”.
In 2016 following the confirmation that Australia were invited back to the Eurovision Song Contest for a second time, they selected Dami Im to represent them in Stockholm. Her song “Sound of Silence” was one of the favourites entering the competition and even won the jury vote. Eventually Dami finished in second place which remains Australia’s highest placing at the contest.
Since appearing at Eurovision she has continued with both her music career and her charity work as an ambassador of Compassion Australia. Following a string of new singles such as “Crying Underwater” and “Hold Me In Your Arms”, Dami announced at “Australia Decides” in 2020 that she wants to return to represent the country again in future.
Julia Morris is one of Australia’s most beloved celebrities as a TV comedian, presenter and actress. Her first appearance on TV came in 1985 when she was a contestant on the show “New Faces” where she tied for first place after singing “Holding Out For a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.
She has also worked on TV in the United Kingdom when she relocated in 2000. During this time she made appearances hosting the show “Liquid Eurovision”. Additionally she presented coverage for the BBC of the contest, even travelling to Kyiv in Ukraine for the 2005 contest.
Since moving back to Sydney with her husband in 2007, Julia has starred in several hit shows in Australia such as House Husbands as well as hosting Blind Date and Australia’s Got Talent.
She recently became viral online with videos of her hosting duties on popular TV show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” where she reintroduces herself with a brand new hilarious description at the start of every episode. She presents the show alongside Dr. Chris Brown who she also presents “Chris and Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway” with.
The Australian Votes
As revealed previously, in alphabetical order, the top 10 countries selected by the Australian jury are:
- Malta (Top 3)
- The Netherlands
- Russia (Top 3)
- San Marino
- Sweden (Top 3)
Australia will feature in the 3rd position in the first semi final of Eurojury 2020 on Monday the 27th of April. Australia were due to be represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 by Montaigne with the song “Don’t Break Me”.
About Eurojury 2020
Eurojury will return in 2020 for the eighth broadcast of the most accurate simulation of Eurovision results. 180 Eurovision winners, past participants, national finalists and a handful of special guests are due to take part in this year’s edition, which will be broadcast live on Showcase, by Eurovoix on May 1st.
For the past two years, Eurojury has correctly identified the winner of Eurovision with both Netta and Duncan Laurence topping the overall leaderboard in Eurojury and the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Eurojury also correctly identified four out of the top five acts in the final in Tel Aviv.
For a fifth consecutive year, Rob Lilley will present the coverage. This will be the third time he has been the sole presenter following two editions with a co-host – 2016 with Karl William Lund and in 2019 with Alice Chapman.
Directing the show once again will be Samuel Deakin – he has conducted this role on every edition of Eurojury. Heading up the production will be James Rowe after he co-produced the broadcast in 2019.
We’re pleased that we have partnerships with multiple trusted Eurovision brands this year: Eurovision Hub, Aussievision, ESCXTRA, Eurovision Showcase and The Euro Trip. Each brand will be supporting Eurojury 2020 in the run-up to the three broadcasts on April April 27, April 29 and May 01.
Follow all the latest updates about this year’s broadcasts on eurovoix.com as well as on Twitter, @Eurovoix and @Eurojury2020.