Yesterday SBS announced that 13-year-old singer Bella Paige would make Australia’s debut at Junior Eurovision with the Delta Goodrem-written song “My Girls”. The young singer got her start on the Australian talent show The Voice Kids. Let’s take a look at her journey on the show.
Bella was one of two runners-up on the first Australian series of The Voice Kids. The show’s four judges were Scary Spice Mel B, Australian popstress Delta Goodrem and American rock duo the Madden Brothers, aka Joel and Benji.
For her audition, 12-year-old Bella wowed the judges with her rich, soulful voice, as she sang the torch song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. All four judges turned around, but in the end Bella chose Team Madden.
Next in the Battles round, Bella faced off against Sienna and Trinity, performing the Whitney and Mariah duet “When You Believe”. Bella’s assured performance gave her the edge, with the Maddens selecting her to progress to the Sing-offs.
In the Sing-offs round, Bella reprised her audition song, giving an even more powerful performance that earned her a standing ovation from both the judges and audience.
At the grand final, Bella lifted her game further. She gave a performance of Demi Lovato’s version of “Let It Go” from Frozen, even throwing in a Eurovision touch in the form of a projection dress. Again Bella won, ending up as Team Madden’s finalist.
Finally Bella sang Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice Within”, which brought the house down. The judges had nothing but praise, with mentor Joel Madden saying, “You are gifted with a voice from out of this world.” But when it came down to the public vote, it was Alexa Curtis from Team Delta who won the competition. Bella, however, was a well deserved runner-up and had made the right impact.