Over the coming weeks we will be introducing you to all the participants of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Today it's all about Australia. Isabella Clarke will represent Australia at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her entry for the contest is called Speak Up.
When it was announced that Isabella would represent Australia at Junior Eurovision she called it a "dream come true" and is excited to take to the stage. "I’m also looking forward to visiting Georgia for the first time and meeting all the other performers and I hope I do my family and Australia proud," she said.
Isabella is 13 years old and comes from Melbourne, Victoria. She made her debut on the Melbourne singing scene four years ago and has been a shining star ever since. As well as receiving many accolades performing at various singing competitions, Isabella also held a coveted principal vocalist role in the 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular.
About Speak Up - Australia's Junior Eurovision entry
Isabella's song for Junior Eurovision is called Speak Up. "The meaning of the song is about speaking up and voicing your opinion, believing in yourself. Especially being young women or young girls, being able to say what you want to say in life," said Isabella.
Last month Isabella gave the first public performance of her Junior Eurovision entry. Check out the video below!
The official video
The Speak Up music video is a celebration of the creativity and power of young people and was inspired by High School Lip Dub videos. Filmed at Isabella’s high school, the video is a bold, colourful one take clip that follows Isabella through her school, as her friends join in her for dance and flash mob surprises. You can watch the official video below.
Get to know Isabella
What are the highlights of your career?
I've had some amazing highlights in my career but I guess the biggest one was performing in front of 10,000 people at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. I performed Sweden’s 2012 Eurovision winning song by Loreen, Euphoria, which was such a special moment for me.
What is special about your entry?
I think my entry is special because it is such meaningful, upbeat song. The song is about inspiring young people to have a voice and being able to talk about the things that matter to them. It's a really important subject and I'm lucky to have such a great song to sing.
What do you want to achieve at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
I want to walk away from Junior Eurovision knowing that I did my very best and that I made Australia proud - if I can achieve those two things I will be really happy.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from the people around me who believe in me and tell me I can achieve great things. I also get a lot of inspiration from my musical idols like Beyonce - I love watching them and aiming to get better and better.
Do you have a message for your fans?
My message to my fans is just to try anything and everything and just give it a go. Believe in yourself and never give up and you will be able to achieve incredible things!
Interesting facts about you or your entry that you have not mentioned yet?
I think an interesting fact about me is that I love watching comedy shows. I also like hanging out with my family in my pyjamas and laughing at funny shows and movies is my favourite thing to do.
Australia in Junior Eurovision
2017 marks the third time that Australia has participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015 Bella Paige finished eighth in the final and last year Alexa Curtis finished fifth.