The United Kingdom last participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. The country’s long-awaited return to the contest is finally here. And now we know, Freya Skye will represent the nation with the song “Lose My Head.”

United Kingdom JESC 2022: Freya Skye – Lose My Head

13-year-old Freya Skye will sing for the UK in Yerevan with “Lose My Head.”

The uptempo pop number’s colourful video includes a carefully choreographed performance and heavily features the colour red. Our girl has a visible thrown, helping define this new queen of the divadom.

The high-energy love song is fitting with the recent trend of Junior Eurovision winners featuring catchy, up-tempo hooks.

The United Kingdom at Junior Eurovision

This year marks the UK’s fourth participation at Junior Eurovision and the BBC’s first entry. Prior to 2022, the British entry was organised by rival broadcaster ITV. 

Back in August, upon the exciting confirmation that the United Kingdom will finally return to the contest, Patricia Hidalgo, Director BBC Children’s and Education, said: “We are beyond excited to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC for the first time, and to showcase the diverse young musical talent from across Europe for children and their families to discover and enjoy together […] I can’t wait to unveil our own musical talent who will proudly represent the UK.”

The show will be broadcast live on CBBC, BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 takes place on Sunday 11 December in Yerevan, Armenia, following the Maléna’s victory at the 2021 contest with “Qami Qami”.

What do you think of “Lose My Head”? Will the United Kingdom be able to continue their newly achieved success in the adult contest? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Vivian
Vivian
19 days ago

As of now we’ve got 14/16 songs with only Italy and Armenia left to release their songs. Gotta say that the UK is still leading miles ahead of the others for me. This is in my eyes the superior and upgraded version of Qami Qami, which I personally didn’t like at all. I wish Freya the best of luck on stage, and given the BBC has already said that their appearance in JESC this year is not intended to be a one-time thing, I hope the UK can keep giving us awesome stuff like this in future years too! (I… Read more »

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
19 days ago

Having been a teacher for 25 years, 13 of which were working with extremely vulnerable young people I want to address some concerns expressed here. Sexualisation of children is not through the actions or words of the child but by the perceptions of the adult that they are sexual beings regardless of how the child dresses. There is nothing in Freya’s performance or lyrics that would alarm me or my colleagues. Freya is 13 and if you’ve spent any time with teenage girls you would know that her outfit is far more modest than many you might see at a… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Lawrence Gibb

Thank you for your professional perspective. I agree with some of what you’ve written but not all. I wonder where an actual psychologist would stand. Lyrics like “two shots to the heart” are violent imagery, and “your kind should come with a warning” is a terrible thing for a child to say to another child. The EBU rules don’t count for much either. They put up rehearsal footage on YouTube, and then websites like this one have polls. “Which child had the best first rehearsal?” is just a weird conversation to have, and not something that should be voted on.… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

P.S. In the lyrics, it might be “two shocks to the heart” – just doing my best with accuracy here. 🙂
Everything Lawrence wrote I agree with in theory, but in practice I have doubts about two matters of enforcement. One concerns a certain broadcaster and its history, while the other is about how the child stars are protected from social media. Anyhow, best of luck to Freya and the team.

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
19 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

yeah it says two shocks

Ceris
Ceris
18 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Is there a problem with the CBBC or BBC Junior Eurovision team?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
18 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

I really hope not.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

You are right, no “shots” fired. Defibrillator instead of gun, slightly better.

Ceris
Ceris
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

This blog was problematic during the adult contest with their polls such as “Who had the best first rehearsal?” based on 15 seconds of TikTok rehearsal footage but nobody challenged them. The JESC YouTube page has started to disable comments which to me is a good thing to prevent some of the wild comments (nothing sexual) from adults that take the contest too seriously. The EBU have allowed the entry and more importantly Freya’s parents are on board with the lyrics which they could have asked to be changed. They put her welfare first they are in charge of all… Read more »

Javi
Javi
20 days ago

WINNER!!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
21 days ago

Well, it looks like I’m late to the debate. I’ve been a bit busy. Most of you know how I feel about JESC. So, here we are. “Lose my Head” is a solid dance track that I actually like. And, Freya comes across as a powerful pop star in the making. She might win in Yerevan. So next, there are the age questions: Should a 13 year-old be singing about doing illegal things? Should children be allowed to be pop stars and open themselves up to public criticism, including from adults? And, finally: Has the BBC learned from its past… Read more »

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
21 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Are there any illegal things in this song?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
19 days ago

Another good question. Maybe ask the songwriters what the lyrics mean.

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
19 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

What did you see that suggested illegal things in this song or another? Just curious.

Ceris
Ceris
18 days ago

No, of course there isn’t.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
18 days ago

I point to what Lawrence Gibb wrote a couple of comments above this one, as it’s more accurate than anything I could articulate. The issue is the perception that adults have. What I saw is just a reflection of my own failings to see beyond what is marketed in the pop industry for adults, essentially.

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
21 days ago

I think (after 11 songs are known) the winner will be decided between UK and The Netherlands. Poland failed with the revamp (the first version from the NF was way catchier) ….France and Spain are good too. The strong ballad from Kazakhstan could make it to the TOP 3 or better.
Can’t wait to hear/see what Italy, Armenia, Ireland and Portugal have to offer.

dsv
dsv
22 days ago

I was sure this would win until I saw the lyrics. it’s a pity cuz this girl has talent and the song is a bop. now she will miss tele points just cuz of the lyrics. she’s still my number one in the top

p.s do the juries awards points to such songs in jesc?

dsv
dsv
22 days ago

SHE HAS ALREADY WON PERIOD

Ytm
Ytm
22 days ago

What about the hosts?
They are not reveald yet……

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago

Lesson of the day. If you ever feel concern for the welfare of children, don’t speak up. Just stay quiet and eat a Snickers. All the problems of the world will solve themselves, and the children will thank you.

Joe
Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Lord have mercy, you put a whole lot of weight on Junior freaking Eurovision of all things.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Sorry for thinking children are important.

Joe
Joe
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I do too! That’s why I take them seriously as opposed to thinking they need to be condescended to.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Joe

It is in no way condescending to treat children like children. That’s just ridiculous. Do thirteen year olds like Chanel? Does this mean they can dress like her? Dance like her?

Ari
Ari
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Not if they eat too many Snickers bars.

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas
Jonas - don't you think you "overreact" just a little bit. No child will be harmed or damaged in the soul if they perform in JESC (not even with this song). 
Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago

No. At the end of this article, Wiwi asked us to tell what we think. That’s all I’m doing. I’m not throwing molotov cocktails at the BBC buildings, or rallying a protest march at Freya’s school. Just typing a few words to say how I feel.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
21 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I feel for you, Jonas. I’m sorry if you got upset, and I’m sorry I wasn’t around for the debates. I happen to have been a “child star” a long time ago, so as an adult now I have very mixed feelings about JESC and child stars generally. I honestly don’t know if I could have handled the pressures of social media as a child; probably not. But, other kids grow up really fast and could probably handle it. There are a lot of “grey areas” that JESC opens up. All I can do is hope that the contest’s followers… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
21 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Thank you, Purple Mask.

Pancake
Pancake
23 days ago

To anyone too concerned about a girl singing a song that feels too adult, just remember that Billie Eilish was fourteen when she released Ocean Eyes and Six Feet Under, which many point out are a bit too mature for her age at that time. If you’re still up in arms about it, you’re overthinking it way to much and you need to get a grip.
Anyway, this song is a banger and no doubt would do well.

Ritoli
Ritoli
23 days ago

I think that Spain will win… great song, love it!

Lou
Lou
23 days ago
Reply to  Ritoli

Yes , i think spain will win aswell , the song is so so amazing

eurovision enthusiast
eurovision enthusiast
24 days ago

Its very catchy. I like it. But im not so sure about 13 year old kid singing about this stuff like “your kind should come with a warning”, “you get what you want when you want it” etc
I will happily listen to it but i will not vote for it

I guess kids are very mature nowadays lol

Korska
Korska
24 days ago

Armenia’s entry last year was made by adults and the dance moves on the video were clearly quite sexual, which made it’s impact on JESC. Thankfully Freya hasn’t gone that low, but it’s pretty clear why in Armenia 3/5 kids say they’ve been treated as sexual object by adults.

This could be a winner, good luck gto her and UK!

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago

I’d like to hear the other thirteen year old’s side of the story. I’m not going to gang up on a child, sorry.

Thallo
Thallo
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Dude, stop. It’s countless negative comments at this point.

I get that you think the song is too grown up for Freya, but that literally shouldn’t concern you unless you’re her parent or guardian. If the EBU approved the song, there’s no problem. The only problem is you.

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

You still don’t get it. This has never been about Freya. My point is about the countless amount of children influenced by what they see on the television.

Joe
Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Eat a Snickers, I dunno.

dsv
dsv
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

gurl go eat ur sneaky snickers and leave us alone. I thought u were of the most logical commenters here but ig I was wrong. Plus the lyrics aren’t that terrible. Qami qami which literally won last year had some sexual moves. but you didn’t say anything. If you don’t like the song just say it already and don’t make up silly excuses to hate on the ppl who gave their everything to write this song

Jonas
Jonas
21 days ago
Reply to  dsv

I never liked Qami Qami. You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ll happily leave you alone, goodbye.

Mathew
Mathew
24 days ago

If this is what the UK is bringing to JESC, I’m excited to see what they bring to ESC. Nice to see the UK *finally* showing up to the game!

Jeff USA
Jeff USA
24 days ago

as someone who is a part of gen z and works with Junior Eurovision-aged kids, I would like to add for everyone saying this is too grown up, that this is age appropriate. A lot of kids by Skye’s age aren’t listening to kids songs anymore, they listen to what’s on the radio like dua, billie, justin bieber, harry styles, etc. When I was a kid/preteen I was listening to Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, watching the adult Eurovision since 2014 when I was 11 so this music that is “too grown up” really isn’t. It would be a problem if… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Jeff USA

Bruno Mars was 25 when he released his first album, Lady Gaga was 22. Not thirteen. My point has never been about if children listen to this type of lyrics, I know they do. Just not from people their own age. The character in this song seems to have a lot of experience in love, wisdom and confidence, you’d think she has been married four times already. It’s a completely unrealistic image of where children are in life, and will make some feel inadequate or not grown up enough. It might actually impact on their own behaviour. Not good. It’s… Read more »

Ari
Ari
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Her song certainly seems to have a more realistic view of relationships than Krista Sigfrids had in her looney tune “Marry Me”. lol

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Would a song about marriage be okay for the junior contest? I’m sure thirteen year olds liked Krista’s song, so the answer must be yes.

Ari
Ari
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It was a silly joke but I’m sensing I’m in the wrong place (copyright Hooverphonic).
In my opinion, this song shouldn’t be okay for any contest because of its atrocious quality. Now you’re actually being mean to 13-year-olds, accusing them of such bad taste. But I didn’t mean to disturb your crusade. By all means, continue. It is somewhat entertaining.

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Don’t you ever wear my Krista Sigfrieds t-shirt.

Ari
Ari
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I promise! I’ve never been tempted less. But if you have a Lenny Kuhr t-shirt…

James
James
21 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Celine Dion was in her teens whem she began making music. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
21 days ago
Reply to  James

Yes. Her first song was about dreaming of a magical land, written by her mother. Mozart was five when he began making music, I don’t understand what you are trying to say.

Jonas
Jonas
21 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Céline was also 12 when she met the 40 year old man she would later marry, so there’s that too…

Aaa
Aaa
24 days ago

any adult here saying that this song is too mature is clearly completely out of touch with young people and should not be commenting on this matter.

Saph
Saph
24 days ago
Reply to  Aaa

I agree, however they do have the right to express their opinion, regardless of whether it is popular or not

Pauly
Pauly
24 days ago

That’s a a great song giving me Armenia 2021 vibes. Pretty solid entry. Well done BBC.

And yes i think there should a distinction between teenagers and children under 12 because i find it weird to see children singing and then teenagers looking more like 18+

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago

I will be publishing a children’s picture book this Christmas. “Your Kind Should Come With A Warning”, out 11th December. A delightful tale of losing heads, wars finally won, giving people twenty seconds before we cut them off forever and start shaming them, two shots to the heart, and getting what you want when you want it. Illustrations by Quentin Blake. Ages 9 plus.

Ari
Ari
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

lol until the second sentence I briefly thought you were serious and imagined what that book might be like.

Thallo
Thallo
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’ve never seen someone so worked up about a 13-year-old singing a dance track.

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

You still haven’t.

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
24 days ago

Uk you must be proud of BBC work this year

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
24 days ago

Winnner Alert. I have the same feeling that i had with Malena or Viky Gabor.

Vivian
Vivian
24 days ago

In my eyes it’s really just a competition between the UK and Spain as of now. The only competitors to look out for who haven’t released their songs yet are Armenia and Kazakhstan. I have little faith in Georgia, Italy, Portugal and Serbia to really shake it up looking at their past track record in the recent three years. Online voting really is the only thing that decides the winner, and this and Spain are easily the biggest fan faves thus far, understandably so.

david
david
24 days ago

if this is what the uk brings to a internal selection imagine how good a national final would be

George Long
George Long
24 days ago

thrown? I think you need to spell check that one!

Gaga
Gaga
25 days ago

12 points from Armenia. Incredible. Welcome to Yerevan

Eurofan
Eurofan
25 days ago

Sorry to be stupid, but when did Wales pull out this year, and was it a case of move aside, the UK is coming back. Obviously, they both cannot enter.
This song is decent but is very much UK chart friendly. Unfortunately, the charts are absolute dross.

Laura
Laura
24 days ago
Reply to  Eurofan

According to Lee Smirhurst the BBC expressed their interest in JESC two weeks after the ESC 2022 final.

mad-professor
mad-professor
24 days ago
Reply to  Eurofan

Wales pulled out in 2020. The UK filled a vacant place.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
25 days ago

First decent entry to come out for a while and (so far) the only realistic competition for what feels like an inevitable win for the Netherlands.
Love that the UK have come back with such a strong song and, from what I’ve heard, a performer who can really deliver it.

I can’t see any way that this finishes outside the top five. Welcome back, UK!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

We’ve got seven more songs to go (North Macedonia and Spain have also released their songs today) So I want to wait until everything is released to assess what I think would be a potential winner of junior Eurovision 2022.

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
25 days ago

I have to laugh a little at this comment section. Singers participating in JESC are between 9-14 years old. If you’re 13-14 years old, you’re more than likely listening to mature, adult songs rather than “kids music”. Then why would a child teen participate with a “kid song” in JESC when that’s not the music they like in general?

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago

Why would laugh at the adultification of children? I know very well that 13 year olds now dress and and act like 30 year olds. That’s modern society, doesn’t mean it’s right.

Thallo
Thallo
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

How is a 13-year-old singing a dance song the adultification of children?

Just because JESC is a competition for 9-14 year olds it doesn’t mean they have to sing about rainbows and puppies, because that’s not what 9-14 year olds listen to. Do me a favour and actually SPEAK to a 9-14 year old and ask them what their favourite songs are, it won’t be Kidz Bop.

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I could not care less that it’s a dance song.

James
James
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

“Adultification”

I think you mean to say puberty.

And many of today’s 30-year olds still play video games, trading cards, read comic books and listen to pop music from when they were kids themselves. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
21 days ago
Reply to  James

That’s not what I mean to say.

Esc addict
Esc addict
25 days ago

Ok good song, but as I was already disturbed by the Armenian entry last year, I feel the same here sorry, the Jesc has to evolved ok but is it the right direction, no, we have already an adult contest so why two? And don’t come to me to say that the children now listen to songs like that, I don’t care they do what they want in their life, and if they want to listen to songs like that Eurovision is already here for them and is full of mature songs. With Qami Qami one limit was already crossed… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
25 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Keep denigrating the kidz bops which are the Jesc essence itself, you are so in the right direction….

Laura
Laura
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Parents will let their children listen to the KidzBop version of ‘Despacito’ when it contains the lyrics: “You got the key and know how to turn it on. The way you sing it my ear the only words I wanna hear. Come baby take it slow so we can last long”

Microfibretowel
Microfibretowel
25 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

No child at 10 years old listen to kids bop. My cousin of 9 years old thinks it’s childish. Armenia sent a girl singing about wind, didn’t even sing about any friendship or relationship. If you think that an -innocent- girl not doing anything even SLIGHTLY adultish is “inappropriate”, then you are just weird. Maybe, you could make SOME type of argument with the UK, but again, no mention of sex, only a friendship. If you think a beat and a bass is immature, you are wrong. What a 12-14 year old listens to is Super Freaky Girl or CUFF… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago

There’s no mention of friendship either.

Laura
Laura
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

You keep referring to KidzBop but all that does is censor language within songs it doesn’t censor the content. They still sang the same lyrics of “Drivers License” and “As It Was” which are about relationships and heartbreak. They even sang “Despacito” which is obviously about sex. They sang “Space Man” which has no bad words or content their version was just awful and I know 100% children listen to the original. I don’t understand why KidzBop has to exist. Removing the ‘bad word’ without ever thinking “What is this song about?” is super lazy. It’s like censorship of the… Read more »

Aaa
Aaa
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

are you a child?

Polegend Godnova
25 days ago

love the good sis but where the articles about all the other participants? half of the songs are already out and not a word from wiwibloggs dot com?

Berendina
Berendina
25 days ago

I had to double check because I thought that I missed the articles for the other countries’ entries. It would be strange indeed if the only article will be for the UK. Let’s hope the others will follow.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Berendina

Wiwibloggs doesn’t focus on Junior Eurovision as much as the main Contest itself.

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
25 days ago

Just in case that the UK wins the JESC 2022 …..I hope that Glasgow will host the JESC 2023. That would be more than fair.

Jofty
Jofty
25 days ago

Well if it looks like Ukraine is going to win, some votes might be cancelled for “technical reasons” and redistributed to…..the UK

Joe
Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

Oh my lord, don’t tell me you actually believe that crap. There’s such an uncomplicated explanation of how the aggregate votes work that’s been given many times but sure make it some kind of conspiracy

Microfibretowel
Microfibretowel
23 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

So we have actual Eurovision conspiracy theorists?

Joe
Joe
23 days ago

I’m sad that this is how you found out. Or that you know they exist. I wish I didn’t!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago

Wow, what a way to come back! This could do very well. Well, good luck to her!

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
25 days ago

Top 5, exceptional song. Potential winner if it gets a stellar staging.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
25 days ago

Oh my god, why is this so good?? Fantastic return, well done BBC!

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
25 days ago

Can people just shut up about songs being too adult for JESC? If every song in this contest would be rainbows and sunshine then we would be in for a very boring show

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
25 days ago
Reply to  CatcoolH

Anyways, amazing return from the UK! Their future in ESC/JESC is looking bright

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  CatcoolH

I hope people are still allowed to find this very song boring regardless of its singers age.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

And I hope people wouldn’t act so nasty over a children’s song contest.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  James

You obviously have no idea what nasty means if calling a song boring already upsets you.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Can be upsetting if one is treating JESC songs on the same lens as that from the adult contest, along with the toxicity that the fandom has sadly been generating in recent years.

Edgar
Edgar
25 days ago
Reply to  CatcoolH

Totally agree!

Polegend Godnova
25 days ago
Reply to  CatcoolH

now we said it. last year’s online vote results made it clear that the contest is more popular for middle schoolers than it is for primary school kids. and middle schoolers don’t like kidz bops. the junior eurovision urgently needs to be rebranded in order to become cooler and stop from bleeding viewers every year, and maléna’s win and the subsequent songs with a similar vibe are a step in the right direction.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago

Or the wrong direction. We don’t need two contests exactly the same, both decided by adults. People over 16 should not even be paying any attention to this contest, it is not for us. Also, “rebranding yourself in order to become cooler” is not really a good message to a ten year old.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

And here we are adults on the Internet talking about a contest Designated for children.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yes. Strange, very strange.

Polegend Godnova
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

it’s a business, the contest has to survive somehow. the message of rebranding yourself to be cooler isn’t blatant anyway, the contest is organically going in that direction.

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago

Public broadcasting is not a business.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago

The Georgian bees who won were cool. Also: nobody who is actually cool uses the word cool.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago

And what re-branding, anyway? Let’s be real: the contest was never a real thing or a big deal in the sense of a major event. It never too off and it probably never will. The EBU is just trying to keep it alive. A huge number of especially Western European countries barely knows it exists. And I don’t know the middle school people you might know, but nobody I know dreams of entering in an event that’s called junior anything.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Took off

Aaa
Aaa
24 days ago

as a 13 yr old i think jesc needs more self-written and self-composed songs, not rainbow and unicorn songs written by adults

Joe
Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Aaa

Thank you! Yours is the only opinion that should really matter here.

Laura
Laura
25 days ago

The usual gormless people in the comments. Qami Qami was criticised for being ‘too adult for ESC’ times have moved on. Freya was on CBBC to speak about the song and she has the support from her family and friends.

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Laura

Yeah, I’d say to save your moral outrage for things that actually warrant it.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

I have enough to cover everything, don’t worry.

Azuro
Azuro
25 days ago

Any info on how she was selected?

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

Internal selection.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  James

Yes, but how? She hardly works in the BBC canteen.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Because internal selections are usually a closed-door process.

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  James

That is not even allowed for the junior contest. Even Azerbaijan don’t do it.

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Azerbaijan internally selected their JESC participants as well.

BlueZone
BlueZone
25 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

BBC used a talent agency and held auditions. The song was already chosen. They’re hoping to have NFs in future.

Ron
Ron
25 days ago

It’s a good BOP. With a nice staging, I can see this finish high. This is definitely wayyy better than most UK entries in the adult contest prior to 2022. Well done, UK!

Joe
Joe
25 days ago

It’s nice to see they’re putting in the effort! Very impressed. I get that it might seem a little mature for her age, but I don’t find it any weirder than, say, “I Want You Back” or “Joe le Taxi.” I’m already significantly less invested in JESC than the adult contest, so I really just judge on how much I enjoy the songs and don’t go as in-depth as I do for Eurovision. But even if I don’t care AS much, I’ve still followed all the JESCs since I started following Eurovision, and the songs are getting better and better… Read more »

Edgar
Edgar
25 days ago

Out of topic. Do you guys still think Ukraine might win out of sympathy votes? Just curious to know some opinions

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Edgar

Who freaking knows?

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Edgar

Are they still doing online voting?

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

People tonight Poland would win the online vote by a landslide in 2020 cuz of how many Polish people voted in the previous two years. That didn’t happen! They didn’t get that kind of score again until they sent a better song the next year.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

And the first year the online vote was implemented in 2017, Poland didn’t make much of a dent in the rankings. So it depends on which songs voters resonate with more.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Edgar

Children should be the ones deciding the winner, not adults. I would hope what’s happening in Ukraine is not at the front of their minds.

Kieran Edmunds
Kieran Edmunds
25 days ago
Reply to  Edgar

Not with that song, maybe Eurovision 2023 televote, but not this years JESC. I think a lot of people have moved on from the sympathy side of things and moved on as it’s been going on for ages, so hopefully they will vote with their ears rather than their emotions

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Kieran Edmunds

But music is feeling. Point of a song is to make people feel something about it upon listening to it.

Edgar
Edgar
25 days ago

People have to understand that Junior Eurovision is not about childish songs. It is about children and teenagers performing, and they can like to perform adult songs if they like! It is even not correct to call them adult songs because teens do listen to these kinds of music.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago

Awful.

Donkey
Donkey
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

do you like anything at this point

sam
sam
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

she’s only 13… can you try to say something nice or at least have your criticism be constructive instead of just plain rude or is that too hard?

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  sam

It’s too hard. Why have a contest if we’re only allowed say nice things about the song? I pass no judgement on Freya herself, she is a child.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Also, if Freya herself is reading this, something is very wrong. It is dangerous to allow a child to read a page of opinions about them… the EBU and her parents should make sure sure that never happens.

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Or, y’know, you can stop yourself from posting something she might take offense to if she DID see it. You can self-filter. You don’t have to say every single thing on your mind. After all, if you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s not about policing speech, it’s about being constructive and polite.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

If I believe this whole contest to be harmful to children, I’m not allowed say that?

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

You are allowed to say whatever you want and the simple word “awful” is nothing to get mad about. At least to someone who doesnt hate freedom of speech.

Joe
Joe
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

That’s about the contest, not the song. Talk all the smack you want about the contest, I don’t care. Just think really hard about IF someone saw what you wrote. Not about whether or not they should’ve had the ability to see it in the first place. I try to make sure my comments are largely constructive unless I truly don’t care what the person I’m talking about thinks of what I’m saying (Kirkorov, for instance).

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

If you’re reading this, dear, Phil: please feel free to never ever come back. The images of you in the green room will haunt me forever.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Joe

What I said was never aimed at Freya, only at the people who chose this as the UK entry. I want them to see it.

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Upvote

sam
sam
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

if that was the case then i dont see why you only commented “awful.” and if it’s really too hard for you to provide constructive criticism i dont see why you feel the need to comment because all it does is spread negativity about a kid who just wants to share their talent and represent their country. jealously? idrk, but you need to check yourself cause dying on the hill of being toxic towards children is not one i’d choose to die on

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  sam

My word “awful” was not aimed at the singer or even the song, just this choice to enter it in a junior contest and have a child sing it. An awful decision.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Awful! Also, thank you for illustrating my point about the harms of the contest, it should never be about the child in any way. That my one word is seen as such an attack on this one poor child shows how they are served up for public consumption. It’s a song contest, it should never be about the performer.

david
david
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

wow let kids be adults if they want to be jeez

Donkey
Donkey
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

if you’re so against the contest then don’t follow it brother its really that simple.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Donkey

Not really.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Relax, it’s a kids contest

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  CatcoolH

It should be.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
21 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh my word, you are just an endless source of negativity, aren’t you?

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Don’t say anything at all if you don’t have anything nice to say, especially towards a kid’s contest.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  James

Don’t tell me what I can say. I’ll make that decision for myself. Thank you.

This is not a children’s contest. Maybe it was, but not anymore. The songs are written by and for adults. I will speak on this however I feel on this in whatever way is best for the children.

Donkey
Donkey
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

you shove it down everyone’s throat that’s the issue. A positive comment abt this song is immediately met with you saying its ‘too adult’. You talk abt how it’s supposed to be a kids contest but critisize it like you’re a judge on x factor. It adds absolutely no value and I hope you know that what’s best for the kids in the contest is none of you’re business. they won’t read ur comment brotha

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Donkey

I don’t want them to read my words, I’m not talking to or about them. Or you.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It still is, just not how it was in 2003, but as the saying goes: “The more it changes, the more it stays the same”. -The show now placed on a later afternoon slot in CET instead of putting it on as late as 8pm so it won’t air late for those watching from Eastern Europe. -The language rule is still intact while it has allowed concessions for lyrics in a second and other language to be included. -Songs now range from the Kidzbop tunes the contest was known for in its early years to songs that are reflective to… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  James

Why are the songwriters adults? What’s “junior” about it?

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

They can write a song aimed for kids.

E.g. “Tomorrow” from Little Orphan Annie was written by two adults and was performes by the title character, who’s a child.

Laura
Laura
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

There is nothing kid-friendly about the KidzBop music except children perform the songs and the ‘bad words’ are censored. Their version of ‘Despacito’ contained this: “You got the key and know how to turn it on. The way you sing it my ear the only words I wanna hear. Come baby take it slow so we can last long”.

belgium guy
belgium guy
25 days ago

These comments smh… it’s JUNIOR eurovision (age 11-16) not KIDS eurovision. So this is the perfect entry for the UK. Welcome back!

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  belgium guy

What 11 year old writes lyrics like this?

belgium guy
belgium guy
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

This comment proves u never been in touch with juniors age 11.. they are all into nicki minaj, billie eillish, justin bieber, cardi b, doja cat, ariana grande,… U must be a boomer wanting songs about world peace and her favorite pet. Grew up and move on. Times are changed.

Tom
Tom
25 days ago
Reply to  belgium guy

I agree. Time has changes a lot.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  belgium guy

Yeah, yeah, yeah… you’re a wrecking ball in a house of cards, falling one by one.

Jess
Jess
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh please Lorde wrote “Royals” during her school break when she was 14/15.

George
25 days ago

When is the competition for Senior Citizens. I have written one called Plucking My Ukulele and perform it myself with no backing.

Jess
Jess
25 days ago
Reply to  George

It’s called Eurovision feel free to enter

Thallo
Thallo
25 days ago

This is exactly what I expected from the UK at Junior Eurovision: A dance track similar to Becky Hill, Raye or Ella Henderson.

This is what kids listen to nowadays, so anyone who says this isn’t suitable for a 13-year-old clearly doesn’t know any children, pre-teens or teenagers.

I think the UK could dominate Junior Eurovision if they continue to send acts like this.

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago

This is terribly disappointing, it’s 18+ situation. Whoever selected this song for a 13 year-old isn’t in their right mind.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

It’s anonymous factory pop that this are group probably sings on their apps as well. I find it more boring than worrying. I get where you’re coming from though. Why even have a junior competition when you send D-list ESC semi final stuff? Anyone can lose their head over someone though. I lost my head at 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24…

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Age group

Ceris
Ceris
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Tell that to Olivia Rodrigo who released her Sour album when she was 17 years old. It received critical acclaim and it’s about her first love but nobody said she was too young to understand her feelings. This is a modern fresh pop song and anyone who thinks it isn’t knows nothing about the music industry in 2022. It’s not even described as song about a love.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

Olivia was seventeen, which would make her too old for the junior contest. Sorry.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

I’m not telling her anything because I don’t know her. And who says everyone needs to follow the music industry in 2022? I have ears for myself and not for the industry and I can judge music any way I damn well please. I’m not a slave to any industry or some snobs who think they know the ultimate truth of music.

Ceris
Ceris
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

You’re just showing your age here. Like it or not the charts now are comprised of the ‘popular music’ like this that is favoured by young people.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

Like it or not, I couldn’t care less. And I’m just showing nothing here except my complete disregard for your beloved charts. Go learn them by heart, if you haven’t already.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

Showing your age? That’s a bad thing, is it?

I will be 102 next month and proud of it.

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

I find it worrying that a public broadcaster encourages this age inappropriate message and believes it’s ok for a 13 year old girl to sing and perform this song, on a public stage. There were “issues” in the past too, really BIG “issues” the broadcaster is aware about. And it’s not like they can’t find an age-appropriate song. They should have someone write! an age-appropriate song. And the event is held in a conservative country which also suffered from an armed conflict quite recently. And the UK is one of the very few countries that has shown any kind of… Read more »

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

What do you think is an age-appropriate song for a 13-year old?

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Did you get what you want when you want it? Your kind shoulda come with a warning.

Jess
Jess
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s not about a boyfriend. Freya is singing about a friend who lied to her to get attention and it messed up her head and now she’s done with them.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jess

A song about how horrible another child is, yeah, seems healthy.

Jess
Jess
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

You have obviously never lived in the real-world childhood isn’t sunshine and rainbows.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jess

No, it’s about shaming other 13 year olds.

sam
sam
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

aren’t you the one who was calling freya’s song and the team behind her awful or am i missing something? hypocritical as hell and pointing fingers over something you are much more guilty of

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  sam

You’re missing something.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

This could mean anything. It’s pretty uninspired songwriting. I do see your point though and sure, we can assume what the songwriters want it to mean. Take it up with the people who wrote it or the EBU who allows it.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Who wrote it? The article doesn’t even say.

Ceris
Ceris
25 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Hahahaha 18+? She’s not singing about sex. It’s described a song about friendships, falling out and moving on. You know nothing about children and teenagers. When I was 13 (and younger) I was listening to songs by Evanescence, Linkin Park and Eminem and I’m still here.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

I wonder how I ever survived “Going Under”and “My Immortal”.

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Amazing!

Whisker
Whisker
25 days ago
Reply to  Ceris

This is NOT a song about friendship etc and describing it as such is stupid af.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago

Honestly, the aggressor brought some worth to the junior contest in terms of music. They sent better songs there than to the adult one. Water of life and the one they won with were my favorites from the whole junior thing. They’re basically the only two songs I remember.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago

For a second I thought they’re unusually early, especially for a host country, but then I realized it’s the junior thing. I wonder how much begging the EBU had to do to make the BBC participate. A Eurovision of 37 is perfectly normal, but a competition of 16 like junior needs to watch out. As I see on Wikipedia, these 16 include North Macedonia, which will probably say goodbye after this too, like in the real thing. Ofc Azerbaijan would probably take part if it wasn’t held in Armenia. I’d say 16 is fine but also close to the minimum… Read more »

Henno
Henno
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Not much begging – I believe it is being treated as a ‘one-off’ participation as it’s BBC’s hosting year. I don’t think the BBC will be inviled in JESC next year, unless the UK wins, of course.

Henno
Henno
25 days ago
Reply to  Henno

Edit typo – *involved

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Henno

True, I also suspect that they might have felt obliged due to their Liverpool gig. I do find it remarkable that they managed to have all the big ones except Germany there. And Germany is a lost cause anyway in terms of music in either contest.

Vivian
Vivian
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Germany was there in 2020 and 2021, and said that they were taking a creative break for 2022, as well as considering it too risky to send a child to Armenia. We’ll probably see Germany in JESC 2023 again. Also, we’ve always seen the host compete in JESC in the year prior to their hosting, ever since 2017 when Portugal returned after 10 years, Israel made a one-time return in 2018, the Netherlands and Italy were already in JESC (Italy not in 2020 due to covid) prior and still are.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Vivian

I read the creative break statement as well. It’s hilarious. They sure could use some creativity at Eurovison too. I don’t know the situation in Armenia but I guess the concerns are somewhat valid. Where to draw the line, though? I know nothing compares to Ukraine, but is Azerbaijan’s aggression any different? Ukraine was deemed unable to host, despite them demanding to do so. Armenia is still in an ongoing conflict but EBU let’s them host.

Edgar
Edgar
25 days ago
Reply to  Ari

Currently, there is no war/hostilities/conflict going on in Armenia. And when there was conflict, it was on borders, not in the capital city, unlike Ukraine, where Kyiv is being targeted.

Ari
Ari
25 days ago
Reply to  Edgar

True.

sam
sam
25 days ago
Reply to  Vivian

israel competed in 2016 and 2018 but the rest is correct

BlueZone
BlueZone
25 days ago
Reply to  Henno

Lee Smithurst HoD has confirmed it’s for the long term.

Jake
Jake
25 days ago

So we are just now giving 13 year olds adult songs. I don’t know how I feel about that. Seems like fans are pushing for the adult-ifacation of children for the sake of a bop on a song contest.

Millie
Millie
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

Teenagers don’t listen to KidzBop they like normal artists like Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Little Mix, Ella Henderson, Ava Max, etc. I heard school kids singing Unholy yesterday.

Jake
Jake
25 days ago
Reply to  Millie

There’s listening and then singing—would be ok with a 13 year old singing unholy in a family show?

Ceris
Ceris
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

Wake up and realise children don’t actually like children’s songs KidsBop is dead. Last year Freya sang a cover of Driver’s License a song by Olivia Rodrigo who wrote her Sour album when she was 17. The songs that become popular in the charts now are ones teenagers like not old people. She’s 13 not 9 and this is a modern fresh pop song.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

There’s a family show in my counry where a kid who was barely 10 years singing “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Bring Me To Life”.

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Jake

Kids would sIng along to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” back in 1998.

Vivian
Vivian
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

I don’t see a problem with it, if the children themselves are enjoying it.

If anything, in my humble opinion I think it shows that JESC has become much less of a contest of silly little nursery rhymes and kiddie-diddie songs, and instead opts to give these children a chance to perform on a massive stage in front of a huge audience. If anything, it’s a huge honor I could never dream of getting myself.

Polegend Godnova
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

where are y’all living? middle schoolers listen to trap these days not to kiddie music lmao.

James
James
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

Kids have been listening to the devil’s music since the end of World War 2: Elvis, The Beatles, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Aqua, Eminem, Michael Learns To Rock, etc.

What were you listening to when you were their age?

Alain Muriel
Alain Muriel
25 days ago

We need to hear her sing the live version before saying it will win. Some of the high notes in the video version maybe hard to imitate in a live performance.