SBS has announced its broadcast hosts and Australian jury for Junior Eurovision.
Ex-Voice Kids singer 13 year old Bella Paige will represent Australia in Bulgaria later this month.
Ash London and Toby Truslove will provide commentary during the primetime broadcast at 7:30pm Saturday 28 November.
Richard Wilkins will act as chairperson of the Australian jury comprising founding Red Wiggle Murray Cook, former Playschool presenter Monica Trapaga, children’s entertainer Ben Thatcher, singing coach and choir conductor Natasha Cupitt, and 15-year-old musician and singer Mara Van Duyl.
The event also has a Live early morning broadcast at 4.30am Sunday 22 November but no Australian public voting. 15-year-old Bulgarian-based Aussie, Ellie Blackwell, will deliver our points live to Europe on the stage in Sofia.
Ash London said: “I was on the jury for big Eurovision earlier this year, so I’m familiar with the general madness and fabulousness of Eurovision performances, and with tweens on stage this time it’s just going to be smaller, cuter and more impressive. I’m hoping for lots of synchronised choreography, big key changes, pyrotechnics, wind machines and fingers crossed we discover some mini Biebers and T Swifts.”
Toby Truslove said: “With an Aussie in the contest, I’m going to be on the edge of my commentary box seat, which is a pretty painful way to sit. I’ve been checking out the competition, and in my strictly professional and definitely not biased opinion, Bella’s got the best voice, best song and will smash it big time. People should tune in to watch her knock it out of the park… as long as they understand there isn’t an actually a park- much more like a stadium, in Bulgaria. I’m also petitioning the organisers that Bella should get extra points for jetlag. Maybe take a couple of points off Greece or Romania – it’s basically a stroll for them to get to Bulgaria.”