After making its Eurovision debut earlier this year, Australia has locked in a spot at the Song Contest’s kid-friendly Junior Eurovision competition this November.
Junior Eurovision is open to young singers between the ages of 10 and 15, and Australia is set to announce its representative and the song they’ll be performing this Friday, 9th October. The lucky performer will be chosen by Australia’s Eurovision broadcaster, SBS.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid says the organisation is looking forward to giving Aussies yet another dose of Eurovision goodness this year.
“We’re delighted to have secured another opportunity to showcase Australia’s amazing vocal and song-writing talent to the world, this time through an incredibly talented young artist,” Mr Ebeid says.
Junior Eurovision 2015 will feature 17 competing countries, the most since 2007, has also added Ireland to its roster for the first time. Other countries involved include the likes of Armenia, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands and Ukraine.
Junior Eurovision Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev says having Australia at the event is a fitting move after its success at Eurovision in May.
“Junior Eurovision has always strived for inclusion and collaboration — having Australia as part of our event shows their commitment to celebrating young and future singing talent and we welcome them to our enthusiastic and growing international group of performers, delegates, media and team members,” Mr Yakovlev says.
So who could Australia send to be its first-ever Junior Eurovision representative? We’re thinking it could be someone from an Aussie TV talent show like X Factor or The Voice, but no one stands out.
One thing’s for sure, though — prepare yourself for a deluge of kid-friendly pop, and a competition that’s a little less suggestive than this year’s adult Eurovision was.
Australia came in fifth at its very first Eurovision Song Contest in May, where it was represented by singer Guy Sebastian. What’s more, Aussie can actually study Eurovision at uni — we’re practically Eurovision obsessed.
SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest live from the Bulgarian capital of Sofia at 4:30am Eastern Time on Sunday, 22nd November. Aussies won’t be able to vote in the competition, with the country’s result to be solely determined by a jury.
Catch footage of last year’s Junior Eurovision winner below, alongside 13 acts Australia should have sent to Eurovision but didn’t.
Watch: Junior Eurovision 2014 Winner – Vincenzo Cantiello (Italy)
Gallery: 13 Acts Australia Should Have Sent To Eurovision (But Probably Wouldn’t Have)
Australia To Compete At Junior Eurovision 2015 - Music Feeds