Bella Paige‘s first rehearsal was a Voice Kids winning masterclass and the performance shone on stage. Australia‘s second rehearsal saw a consistently improving vocal and choreography that is simple but highly effective. A significantly stronger vocal than most of the other ballads and the novelty of being in the competition should help it sky rocket up the scoreboard.

Watch Australia’s second rehearsal

WHAT WE THOUGHT OF HER FIRST REHEARSAL

Bella Paige is in it to win it and she certainly went for gold today, starting her performance with a golden shower of sparks cascading down her LED. She continues the theme with a shimmering golden dress with black top, and two backing dancers — also kitted out in black and gold. The “girls” she sings about join her centre stage for the first chorus and appear to perform water aerobics. By the second minute they’re flapping their wings. It sounds strange, but it really works: it keeps the focus on Bella but adds movement and dynamism to help her fill the space. The LED screen includes plenty of exploding supernovas, reminiscent of the flames Conchita had en route to victory back in 2014. Vocally Bella was faultless. She didn’t just hit the high notes: she added texture to the song and remained in total control in every register. It’s not the most kid-friendly performance — no circus act here! — but the song screams “radio hit” and Bella delivers it with ease. Elegant with just the right amount of urban edge, it feels very X Factor season finale, which suggests it could pull in viewers — and votes.

JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST REHEARSAL

READ ALL OF OUR REHEARSAL REVIEWS HERE

READ OUR JESC 2015 SONG REVIEWS HERE

FOLLOW ALL OF OUR JUNIOR EUROVISION COVERAGE HERE

Photo: EBU (Credit: Elena Volotova/Vladimir Dudakliev)

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@EugeneESCUK
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Mocosuburbian :- I agree with you, the worst thing that could have happened for Bella is the EBU announcement that Australia will take part again in ESC and they are now just another country and there might be a backlash from those who disagree with the decision. i.e. not voting for them now. Australia has not brought their A game here in terms of staging, it’s as though they ran out of budget and as we all know all artists need to reproduce the studio version vocal live. PP :- For Bella to win, she not only needs to win… Read more »

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

oh hey an unintended consequence of Australia in ESC 2016 presents itself here
Paige can’t win off of the novelty factor of the ~last Australian participation ever~ anymore
Her song is now just a simple power ballad in a field of other occasionally more relevant contenders–Australia might have lost the JESC over this

Jonas
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Jonas

Who is the Junior Eurovision aimed at?

Is it just for kids?

PP
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PP

Australia wili be winner , thank to sing in english, and manypoints vote from juries, they wili be overrated by juries like Sweden at adult Eurovision 2015.

@EugeneESCUK
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Well we will find out whether good or bad staging makes any difference in the JESC this year as this is not good at all. Where to start? 1) Is that really their final outfits? Surely not? I agree with Bouke. (They might be massively flared trousers!!) 2) Fireworks……………..how unoriginal. 3) I can’t work out whether the dancers are bad or whether it’s the choreography? 4) “Improving vocal” is about right…………..it’s just not quite right yet………….and still a bit “shouty”. Hopefully she will get it right on the night. Without doubt Australia and Georgia have the weakest and most amateurish… Read more »

Bouke
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Bouke

Am I the only one who absolutely don’t like the dress ????

Erin
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Erin

Careful with those guttural vocals. It’s getting a bit aggressive when there’s really no need to overstretch your voice that way.