The Voice Kids runner-up Bella Paige will represent Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The 13 year old will perform My Girls co-written by Delta Goodrem, Mitch Allan and Vince Pizzinga. She was selected by SBS and production partner Blink TV.
Delta Goodrem said: “I’m so proud to be able to share this special song with Bella for Junior Eurovision. Bella has a phenomenal voice and so much confidence on the stage, and I know she is going to absolutely wow Europe with her performance. I’ll be cheering her on with the rest of Australia come November.”
Bella Paige said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I was selected to represent Australia and I’m so excited to be singing my single, My Girls on a global stage in Bulgaria.
“My Girls is an incredible song with a powerful message to all girls and was co-written by the inspiring singer songwriter Delta Goodrem. No matter what ups and downs we go through, it is important to stay strong, support each other, believe in yourself, dream big and know you can achieve your goals and dreams.”
SBS Director of Television and Online Content Marshall Heald said: “SBS has secured this special opportunity to deepen Australia’s long-standing love for all things Eurovision, and we’re delighted to have found a young artist of this calibre. Bella and the sentiment of her song perfectly capture the spirit of creativity, inclusion, respect and fun of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.”
Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke said: “When we first heard Bella’s voice our first reaction was that we couldn’t believe she was 13! This is a brilliant vocal performance for any age, and I’m sure Europe will be impressed. Junior Eurovision this year is on a huge stage, and it’s great to know that we have a huge talent who can fill it, and who we can all get behind. It’s doubly impressive that she’s so grounded and likeable as a person. She has big shoes to fill behind Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian, but I’m sure Bella will do well.”
SBS will broadcast Junior Eurovision at 7.30pm Saturday 28 November and Live at 4.30am Sunday 22 November.
A voting jury will be announced soon.