SBS today has announced Alexa Curtis as the artist who will represent Australia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 to be held in Valletta, Malta.
It will be the second consecutive year that Australia has competed in the competition and SBS is excited to broadcast this event to local Eurovision fans at 3.30pm Saturday November 26 on SBS.
Music and dance has been Alexa’s passion since she was young and at just 12 years of age she is already an accomplished and experienced performer. Australian audiences may remember her as winner of The Voice Kids Australia in 2014. With no formal voice training until she entered the singing competition, the experience encouraged Alexa to realise her dream and pursue her passion of performing and singing professionally.
Alexa Curtis said: "I was so excited when I found out that I would be representing Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.
"I think I am still a little bit in shock to be honest. I would like to thank SBS for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I know it’s going to be a crazy experience but I just can’t wait to get over there and do what I love doing most: singing for people. I can’t wait to perform my song. I really love it and hope Australia and the rest of the world will too.”
Below: Alexa gives a shout out to her fans following the announcement:
Alexa was selected by SBS and production partner Blink TV as the perfect young artist to showcase Australia’s musical talents to the world.
SBS Director of Television and Online Content Marshall Heald said: “SBS is thrilled to be part of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for a second consecutive year, giving Australia the opportunity to strengthen our long-standing love affair with all things Eurovision. Alexa is an incredibly talented young performer who embodies SBS’s celebration of creativity and diversity, and we can’t wait to see her take the stage in Malta where she will undoubtedly do Australia proud.”
Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke said: “I’m sure Alexa will be a terrific ambassador for Australia – she has a vocal maturity well beyond her years, but she’s also a classic Aussie kid! We can’t wait to see her on the Eurovision Junior stage, and we’re delighted to be associated with Eurovision once again.”
SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at 3.30pm Saturday 26 November on SBS. Eurovision fans can also tune in to SBS’s LIVE coverage of the contest from Valletta, Malta at 2:00am Monday 21 November on SBS.
More details about Alexa’s song entry and Australia’s voting jury will be announced soon.
Alexa Curtis is represented by Universal Music Australia.
MORE ABOUT ALEXA
12-year-old Alexa, lives in Brisbane with her family, who moved to Australia from Auckland in New Zealand.
Alexa began contemporary and jazz training when only 5 years old. In 2012 she appeared in an amateur production of ‘Oliver’ alongside her brother, Aidan, another budding singer/actor, giving her a real taste of performing on stage. She has performed in the Sydney Schools Spectacular and other events supporting children's charities. Alexa loves her sport and over the past 7 years found time to attend the young Surf Life Savers ‘nippers’ at her local surf club on the Gold Coast and she has recently taken up netball.
At only 10 years old, in 2014, Alexa captured Australia’s attention when she won ‘The Voice Kids Australia’, with Delta Goodrem as her mentor. Without having any formal vocal training she sang live in front of millions of viewers. She is now signed to Universal Music Australia.
Alexa is excited to represent Australia and is looking forward to meeting the other Junior Eurovision participants, and performing on a global stage.
Alexa has also been lucky enough to meet some of Australia's past Eurovision representatives - including 2016's lovely Dami Im and 2014's special guest Jessica Mauboy:
ABOUT AUSTRALIA'S PARTICIPATION
SBS has been broadcasting Eurovision for over 30 years, and Junior Eurovision since it began in 2003. Participation in Junior Eurovision builds on the success of Australia’s first Junior entrant last year, Bella Paige and Dami Im’s incredible performance which captivated all of Europe and saw her finish in second place at the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden in May this year.
ABOUT JUNIOR EUROVISION
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s most high profile talent events for children aged between 9 and 14. Launched in 2003 and first hosted by Denmark, the annual competition promotes outstanding young singers in the field of popular music.
In this year’s Contest, 17 countries are set to compete for first, second and third place trophies. The winner is also given the opportunity to appear as a guest in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Since its inception, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has allied itself with the Eurovision Song Contest as a training ground for nurturing emerging talent. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest sets the standard for entertainment TV and embodies diversity, creativity and respect.