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.