Aussie Isabella Clarke has completed her first rehearsal for Junior Eurovision in Tbilisi, Georgia.
And according to experts she has a shot of winning the event with “Speak Up.”
She entreats listeners to speak up — and Isabella Clarke certainly did that on Tuesday. Making a bold statement in a silver catsuit, she brought a sleek, well-polished performance that references her lovely music video with its choreography and feel-good spirit. Totally unfazed by the cameras or the scale of the arena, she unleashed the Broadway star inside, serving major High School Musical realness. The LED doesn’t tell as much of a story as, say, Albania’s. But Isabella’s is bold, bright and thoroughly modern. Black and white stripes, bolts of geometric lightning, a spiralling zebra vortex — it’s memorable and helps give the somewhat adult performance a bit of juvenile edge, which is essential at a kid’s contest.
Several reviewers at Wiwibloggs also rate her song as 10 / 10.
Alas if we do win, the next event won’t be held down under. Minsk in Belarus has already been announced as host city for 2018.
ABC ME screens Junior Eurovision 7:30pm Monday. You can vote online from tomorrow here (including for Australia).