Earlier this afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — flew (and for an incredibly long time) to Sydney. The jet lag affected our sightseeing of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, but after a slice of Vegemite toast and a glass of Pinot Grigio from the Hunter Valley, we were inspired to review Bella Paige‘s JESC 2015 song “My Girls”. Did we want to hit our big red button and turn our chairs for Bella? Or were we left screaming ‘NEXT!!”? Read on to find out…
AUSTRALIA’S JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015 SONG
“MY GIRLS” REVIEWS – AUSTRALIA AT JESC 2015
Robyn: This is easily my favourite song for JESC 2015. It’s a great modern pop anthem and is perfect for Bella’s amazing voice. Bella’s performances on The Voice Kids suggests she has what it takes to bring the house down in Sofia. This could deliver Australia a JESC victory.
Josh: BELLA! YES! Excuse my incredibly biased opinion, but I do think that this is the best song in the contest this year. A powerful voice, a lovely message and Delta Goodrem’s lyrics. Who could want more than that? Some of my fellow bloggers believe this song is too mature for the junior contest. Sorry, but who are kids listening to these days? Taylor Swift, Jessie J, Little Mix, etc. They don’t want no child, child! They want a star that kids can aspire to be. Bella Paige, you are a star!
Antranig: “My Girls” is everything you could ask for in a JESC entry. With a powerful voice and a song with a beautiful message, Bella delivers the most complete package of the year. Add some good staging and a great live performance and Bella Paige has “winner” written all over her. There are some really good songs this year but Bella is just a cut above the competition.
Liam: The fact that my country is making a debut at Junior Eurovision is insane! The fact that we are coming in with such a bang is even more astounding. This is the ultimate package. I mean an amazing voice and songwriting skills from none other than Delta Goodrem! What more could you ask for?!
Deban: Yes, I get the Tina Arena-esque big power belter. However, instead of ferrying me along the shore, it leaves me at the harbour. Although it’s Australia’s debut entry, the production is considerably out of date. When Goodrem started her career as a child, she sang mature-flavoured songs that wowed the nation. Unfortunately, that was 13 years ago! Bella Paige deserves to present herself like the fun-loving 13 year old I’m certain she is.
William: Start digging your bomb shelter — Australia is bringing a nuke to JESC! Bella’s voice packs a real punch and her song of perseverance will no doubt become an anthem for girls doin’ it for themselves. And while it will resonate with the ladies (and the little ladies), it’s unclear how all that girl power will sit with the guys. No matter. Bella’s vocals alone will secure her a Top 3 finish.
Angus: This feels Christmassy and Paloma Faith ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. It is saccharine…but I have a sweet tooth! Big, sweeping and well-intentioned lyrics resonate with me even if others will write them off as disingenuous. If this is the last thunder from down under to strike our contest Sydney (fine Canberra but I mean how blah…) is going out with a bang!
Our jury consists of 21 people, but we only have room for 7 written reviews. Here are the remaining 14 scores.
William C: 8/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 10.