November 17: First impression from Australia
THE STAGE IDEA
Bella Paige is now on stage and gives a stunning vocal performance of her entry song. She is accompanied by two female dancers and she is dressed in silver and black. The song which definitely is not an original tune but reminds me Alicia Kiss’ “Girl on Fire” (not to mention the other troll song we all know) is considered a hot favourite. If it wasn’t that resemblance and the doubts about its originality I would say this is the winner. But you newer know. The Måns Zelmerlöw effect might apply as well in JESC too.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BELLA
Bella has a real love for all things musical and started her training at 6 years old. She has already had impressive experience in a live singing contest and performing in front of a large audience. Bella was the very first child to audition on ‘The Voice Kids Australia’ and went the whole distance to the Grand Final, finishing as the runner-up in 2014. She signed with Universal Music Australia in April 2014 and her Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry, ‘My Girls’ is her debut single.
Dance is also in her repertoire, from ballet and jazz to hip-hop. And when needed Bella can draw on her Taekwondo training too, winning gold medals in this martial arts sport at a national level.
Bella is looking forward to meeting the other Junior Eurovision participants, and performing on a global stage. She is also excited to sing a song co-written by Australian superstar, Delta Goodrem, who she met during her experience on “The Voice Kids Australia”.
Her family are her biggest inspirations having an older sister who is also a singer, a brother who plays football in the Youth League for Melbourne City Football Club, and an amazing stylist and number 1 supporter in her mum.
Bella and her family have been watching Eurovision for many years on SBS, and is looking forward to feeling closer to her Macedonian heritage when she performs in Bulgaria.
Bella’s ambition is to be an international musical recording and live performance artist, and says her biggest musical role models are Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jessie J, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson.