SBS 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. The event will be broadcast LIVE from Valletta, Malta at 2:00am Monday 21 November on SBS. It will then be repeated at 3.30pm Saturday November 26.
Music and dance has been Alexa’s passion since she was young. 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.
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 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.”
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. More details about Alexa’s song entry and Australia’s voting jury will be announced soon.
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 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.”