November 17: First impression from The Netherlands
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
THE STAGE IDEA
Alicia Keys seems to have haunted the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest: besides the resemblance of the Australian song with her song, The Netherlands, which kick off the second day of rehearsals in Sofia is presenting a stage presentation which definitely reminds her own presentations and clips. Shalisa from The Netherlands is playing th piano on stage with candles on it, the backdrops are showing her almost all the time and a duet of male and female dancers are dancing in the side. I am feeling a bit insecure from her vocal performance but Shalisa seems confident in the monitors.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHALISA
Shalisa comes from a tiny old village in the northern part of the Netherlands, where she lives together with her mother, stepfather and two goldfish. She developed her passion for music when she was just a little girl and it has played a big role in her every day life ever since. Aside from playing music and singing, she loves to attend concerts and go water-skiing. On weekends she likes to hang out with friends or go to parties and dance all night! On Sundays she prefers to stay at home and relax.
After taking singing and piano lessons, she decided to participate in Dutch talent show The Voice Kids, where she successfully made it through the auditions and into the battles. Her next challenge was auditioning for Junior Songfestival in 2014, where she made it to the final auditions. In 2015 she auditioned again and this time she blew everyone away with her power ballad “Million Lights”. The jury and the public gave her final performance the maximum 12 points.
Shalisa’s song “Million Lights” tells the story of two people that are in love, but who can’t be together because they live too far away from each other. The only way they can connect is by looking at the stars in the sky: there are a million lights in the sky that can be seen from everywhere in the world.
The jury praised Shalisa for her sensitivity in her performance, which is exactly what she wanted to achieve: to touch everyone with her song and lyrics. In the Netherlands, she has already touched everyone – now it’s time to win over the hearts of the rest of Europe. She wishes to become just as good as Katy Perry and Beyoncé in the future, but for now she has got her mind set on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She hopes to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, just as Dutch singer Ralf Mackenbach did in 2009.