The health and safety of Junior Eurovision acts always comes first. That’s the important message that the European Broadcasting Union has sent in a statement confirming that the U.K.’s Freya Skye won’t perform in Saturday night’s dress rehearsal. This rehearsal serves as the jury final. In a statement sent to members of the press corps, the EBU said:
“For medical reasons UK artist Freya Skye will not perform in the 2nd Dress Rehearsal of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 10 December. A recording of her performance from the 1st Dress Rehearsal held earlier in the day will be used instead. The health and well-being of all participants is always our top priority. All the Junior Eurovision family send her their best wishes and are looking forward to Freya returning to sing in the live show on Sunday 11 December.”
?? “For medical reasons Freya did not sing live in this rehearsal and playback was used.”— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) December 9, 2022
? Hoping the U.K.’s Junior Eurovision star gets well soon so she can show off her killer vocals on Sunday ??#jesc2022 #junioreurovision pic.twitter.com/mYCjPcFi3Z
As you’ll recall, online voting opened on Friday evening. Because Freya was unable to sing live during an earlier rehearsal because of her health issue, her recap clip used playback audio.
Our team watched her in Yerevan during the Saturday afternoon rehearsal. Although she only sang the first part of the song live, her choreography and charisma were ON POINT. She is ready to nail the performance as soon as her health improves.
The last line of the EBU statement gives us hope that she’ll be able to take the stage and show off her full talents on Sunday.