A lot has happened in the short career of Melbourne teen singing sensation Bella Paige. The 14-year-old was a finalist on The Voice Kids Australia in 2014, where she finished runner-up, and is signed to Universal Music. However, it was the call she got out of the blue from SBS and production partner Blink TV asking if she’d represent Australia on the Junior Eurovision stage that will catapult her into the international limelight.
Bella confesses that she was “so happy” when the call came through and that it was one of the most “amazing moments” of her life.
She’ll be performing the Delta Goodrem co-written pop-anthem “My Girls” at the contest which takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria on November 21. When asked what the song means to her, Bella gushes, “It means the world to me. It has a powerful message and I love singing it.” She then becomes very humble when confessing that “it’s an honour to have a song that Delta Goodrem co-wrote” – the moment and the opportunity it presents is not lost on her.
“’My Girls’ is all about dreaming… and knowing that you can do it,” Bella says. “I want people to know that they are beautiful on the inside and the out. And never to be down on yourself.”
“I want this song to make people smile,” she adds with infectious enthusiasm.
When quizzed about any hints on the staging of the act she admits that “we’re in the midst of working that all out.” However, she does offer that it will be a “fun, bright, beautiful performance”.
“I want to make my country proud and do the best I can,” she says. When asked if any glitter will be involved in the staging she laughs, “Yes, there’s definitely glitter involved.” Amen to that!
“I want to make my Country proud and do the best I can."
When speaking of her fellow contestants - Junior Eurovision this year boasts 17 acts the largest since 2007 - Bella is glowing in her praise. “They’re all incredible,” she says, “I’m honoured to be performing alongside them.”
Fittingly, the trip to Bulgaria is a family affair - Bella will be accompanied to the contest by both her mother and sister. “They’ll be by my side,” says Bella, who’s only travelled to Macedonia (where her family is from) and the US. “I’m so grateful for their support. They’re amazing”.
And what does this talented Australian star in the making set her sights on after the contest?
“I’ve always wanted to be an international recording artist,” Bella says. “Being on such a big international stage is incredible.”
In the meantime, she’s looking forward to starting the journey and becoming part of the welcoming Eurovision family. “It’s an amazing opportunity I have been given,” she acknowledges.
Bella Paige follows in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy and will make Eurovision history as she hits the stage as Australia’s first representative at Junior Eurovision, which can be seen LIVE at 5:30am on Sunday November 22 or at 7:30pm on Saturday November 28 on SBS.
Go to www.sbs.com.au/junioreurovision for all Junior Eurovision news, interviews, behind the scenes pics and to follow Bella’s journey in Bulgaria.