She’s an international staging maven, who’s worked with global sensations like Zara Larsson and become the creative director every Eurovision delegation wants on their team. 

And now Sacha Jean-Baptiste has another item on her agenda: Staging Jessica Mauboy’s performance of “We Got Love” for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.

An Instagram post on Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s company Instagram confirmed the news today. The caption and hashtags suggest SJB will serve as creative director, provide choreography and create the overall performance too.

The news make this the second year in a row that Sacha Jean-Baptiste has created staging for Australia. Her staging for Isaiah Firebrace last year involved a Lazy Susan and giant LED projections of The X-Factor winner’s face. His song “Don’t Come Easy” eventually finished ninth on the night, despite only receiving 2 points from televoters.

How SJB will stage the song in the absence of LEDs remains to be seen. The Jean Baptiste Group will also stage performances from Bulgaria and Cyprus at Eurovision 2018.

JESSICA MAUBOY’S ROAD TO EUROVISION

Promo-party season is in full swing, with Riga kicking things off a few weeks ago. Now the major events loom: London Eurovision Party, Israel Calling and Eurovision In Concert.

And Jessica Mauboy will perform at all three. She’s the first Australian Eurovision act since Guy Sebastian to conduct such an extensive promotional tour.

She’ll sing her Eurovision track “We Got Love” at all three events, alongside other contestants from this year’s contest.

While success at the concerts does not translate directly into success at Eurovision, they are a good opportunity for delegations to hone the performance and vocal ahead of taking to stage in the Eurovision host country.

Mauboy will perform “We Got Love” ninth in Semi-Final 2, sandwiched between The Netherlands and Georgia.

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EscAU
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EscAU

her again?

Jo
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Jo

Reimburse?

Troy
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Troy

The staging for Australia’s song last year was trash so I hope she does better this year.

PP
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PP

She help to Cyprus and Georgia in 2016 go to final.
Best her work for me
1.Armenia 2016
2.Sweden 2012
3.Bulgaria 2017

Ok but not so specatular work for Lithuania 2016, Australia and Georgia 2017

Darkpassionplay
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Darkpassionplay

I dont think Sasha is the right choice for Australia , her style is way different from the style of songs that Australia brings. Its the right choice for Bulgaria again cuz the style , the artistic possibilities are mutch more then those that can be used for an upbeat song like the one from Jessica. The song , the performer has to fit , in this case its like forcing a kid to eat ice cream with ketchup , it just doesnt fit!

Dan
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Dan

You and your awful negativity is the only reason I will not be voting for Bulgaria. Happy now?

Reggie
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Reggie

@Dan Actually your are negative and naive. Sasha’s style is completely different for Australia’s entry and the other one “Beyonce wanna be” from Cyprus. 😀

Reggie
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Reggie

@Dan Actually you are negative and naive. Sasha’s style is completely different for Australia’s entry and the other one “Beyonce wanna be” from Cyprus. 😀

Girou
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Girou

She really needs a strong stage to somehow get the attention away from those bland lyrics.

Brian
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Brian

I think Jessica’s staging will be good, she has performed at so many events over the last few years even without SJB she surely knows a lot about staging herself!

I picture her incorportated the box from the music video

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Okay so we’ll see the same ~derk~ performance three times.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

How does she have time for all of that? So hard

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

I wonder if she tells all her clients this year whoever pays her the most will get her best staging idea.

Andy Lamp
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I’m telling you – over the course of the song… track the progress of the sun from dawn to dusk over the Australian outback, with topless Aboriginal dancers pounding out the beats during the bridge. <3

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

I don’t think so. The song is about women empowerment, apparently.

esc1234
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esc1234

The 2 points of Australia on the televoting Last year says it all. Her stagings are nothing special, wondering what she will do without led screens

Adrian
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Adrian

I think you forgot that Bulgaria 2017 was staged by SJB as well, and that got 2nd place.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Maybe in both cases it was the song that mattered most ( like it should be), not the staging.

Andy Lamp
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Yasss kweens!

Paul D.
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Paul D.

Well, thank God we won’t have LED’s this year with cringe faces on it

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

AMEN to that!

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Yes, because the staging of last year’s Australian entry was soooo freaking awsome…

Bendazzled
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Bendazzled

Jean Baptiste is overrated! Her approach is almost always static and she crealy has issues with performances that require motion. Her usual dark aesthetics, her understanding of polish and sophistication, her use of color, her approach always went for moody and detached, and that’s something usually not fitting for any kind of song, but now it is coming across as formulaic and one note. I presume equinox will be fine. It is monstly for Fureira that I’m worried . . .

Michel
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Michel

Why does she need to understand Polish? I don’t see the relevance.

ThePify
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ThePify

Bendazzled isn’t talking about the language lol

Michel
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Michel

Oh lol it always gets me… I see polish car wash often and think of the Poles.

West
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West

Polish car wash? And do they polish those cars well?
(Sorry, I couldn’t help it)

Tria
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Tria

I’m also worried for Eleni. She needs a really good live show to make it through to Final.

West
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West

My guess is that she’ll have some kind of fire show.

Ag
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Ag

I don’t understand negative comments about Australia’s staging last year, it was well done, very contemporary with cool camera cuts. The problem was the singer and his inability to sell the song well to the viewers (although the song was good).

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

so she will be alone on stage and have dark/ moody staging

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

What’s the deal with this woman?

EuroHero
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EuroHero

Does anyone know who staged Dami Im’s performance? That was incredible

Dew
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Dew

An Australian who did Lativa 2015, Italy 2016 and Ireland last year….It seems that these creative directors are not always on point.

Dew
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Dew

Oh no….Last year was weird!

Ruben
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Ruben

Would love to not see jessica dance and big lights and dancers and stuff, just her singing the song in an beautiful simple dress, standing in the middel of podium with some great camera angels, and just one spot on her and just make a very generic song very special

paul
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paul

Might work.. but this song requires some action I think. Whatever the course they take, I’m sure Jess will slay.

Ruben
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Ruben

Yes and thats what everyone expects to happen, so if they just dont do that it will make it special

Ruben
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Ruben

*edit, her charisma and how she looks is enough to make it look amazing

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

that’s exactly what we don’t need

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

But when you sing a uptempo enervating song with a small dance beat standing still isn’t really the best thing to do to create the vibe you’re going for.

Sando
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Sando

Hopefully it’s a better staging than last year!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

So basically she’s doing like every staging at Eurovision? Well, that’s going to be some diversity in Terms of staging this year… *sigh*

JeyDelRey
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JeyDelRey

She’s only doing 3 stagings. Relax Brenda.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Really? I thought it was more than only three

Elen
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Elen

Bulgaria,Cyprus,Australia.3 out of 43.

Stef
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Stef

I also thought she was doing Belgium and Netherlands as well but maybe it was just rumours!