Girl band STAND UNIQU3 ready to represent United Kingdom19 October 2023 at 10:19 CEST
The three were brought together after producers spotted their chemistry as a group. It’s the first time a group has represented the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Revealed exclusively this morning on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, the song Back To Life is by songwriters Sky Adams, Jakke Erixson and Jack Hawitt, who have written for artists such as Jason Derulo, Lauren Spencer Smith, Kylie Minogue and Ava Max.
Hayla (12) from Liverpool has an interesting family history when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest: her grandfather was a backing dancer for the 1987 UK entry, Rikki’s Only The Light.
Hayla herself is a big fan of Rihanna who she describes as being her biggest inspiration. As well as music, Hayla enjoys football and plays as a striker. Hayla’s ideal day would involve eating chocolate, watching movies and spending time with her brothers.
Maisie (13) from Essex loves to sing, dance and act on stage, as well as enjoying clay pigeon shooting with her grandad. She also loves to chill and she collects crystals.
Yazmin (12) from Newcastle is no stranger to performing in front of crowds, she enjoys Latin and Ballroom dancing. Yazmin loves cuddling up with her chihuahua ‘Tinkerbell’, writing stories, and shopping.
Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, says:
‘The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a real spectacle and success for us last year and we’re very happy that we have a new calendar moment for fans of Eurovision and a brand new girl group for audiences to get behind.
We have a great song and high hopes for our brilliant trio, STAND UNIQU3, and we want families everywhere to cheer on Hayla, Maisie and Yazmin and watch them represent the UK in the competition across BBC Two, CBBC and iPlayer.’
Last year, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast on the BBC for the first time in the competition’s history. Freya Skye represented the United Kingdom with the song Lose My Head at the contest in Yerevan, Armenia, winning the public vote, and coming 5th overall.
This autumn, a half-hour documentary on CBBC and BBC iPlayer will follow the journey of STAND UNIQU3 to the live contest.
Junior Eurovision 2023 took place in Nice, France on Sunday 26 November and was won by Zoé Clauzure from France! You can rewatch it live via the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel (if available in your country).
All 16 songs are available to watch on our YouTube channel and listen to the official album on all streaming platforms, and of course, you're invited to vote for your favourites too! How do I vote in Junior Eurovision? Here's how...