Australian broadcaster ABC has announced that Isabella Clarke will represent Australia at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest held on Sunday 26 November in Tbilisi, Georgia. Isabella made her singing debut four years ago. Her song for Junior Eurovision will be released in the coming weeks.
From Victoria, Isabella is a 13-year-old singing sensation who has received many accolades performing at various singing competitions and, at present, holds a coveted principal vocalist role in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.
Isabella is self-confessed foodie who enjoys spending time with her family and friends and credits megastars Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige as her inspiration for singing. She loves Australian comedy television shows, knows how to laugh at herself, and is focused and determined both at school and in performing. Tipped for a bright future, Isabella hopes to join her idols and become an international recording artist. ABC and production partner Blink TV selected Isabella in consultation with leading Australian record companies.
Isabella Clarke said: "I’m so honoured to be given the opportunity to represent Australia at such an amazing event. I can’t wait to start rehearsals and film the music video! I’m also looking forward to visiting Georgia for the first time and meeting all the other performers. It’s a dream come true and I hope I do my family and Australia proud."
"Isabella displayed all the qualities we were looking for in this year’s Australian representative," says Michael Carrington, Head of ABC Children’s Television. "She has an incredible voice and stage presence and we believe she’ll do exceptionally well at Junior Eurovision. We look forward to her song debut and following her journey as she embarks on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure."
Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke said: "Isabella will do us all proud. She has a terrific voice and we are looking forward to her performance in Tbilisi, Georgia. With 16 countries competing it’s also a wonderful opportunity to connect with other young performers and enjoy the celebration which is the Junior Eurovision Song Contest."
ABC and Blink TV, in consultation with professional music writers, have begun workshopping a fun and catchy song for Isabella that will enable her to shine bright on the Junior Eurovision stage. The song and Isabella’s music video will be released soon.
Last year Alexa Curtis represented Australia in Junior Eurovision with the song We Are, taking fifth place, Australia's best result to date.