A Q&A with Australia's Junior Eurovision entrant Jordan Anthony
Jordan Anthony will represent Australia at the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Poland on November 24.
He will be very familiar to many who watched The Voice Australia Season 8 this year where he finished an impressive 4th in the adult contest aged just 14.
His song for the contest 'We Will Rise' was released last week and we had a quick Q&A with him ahead of the contest next month.
Jordan, you’ve been writing songs for yourself from aged 7 and you released your self-penned album ‘One Word’ last year, but what was it like being part of the song writing experience with MSquared Productions for your entry ‘We Will Rise’? And does the song have any special meaning to you?
It was incredible probably the most fun I’ve ever had recording one of my songs and working with M-Squared was great. It’s definitely the favourite song that I have written so far. ‘We Will Rise’ is about knowing that you are not alone and having the courage to stand up, unite with others and rise above.
Congratulations on your first headline show with AViiDA in Perth over the weekend, how was that experience?
It was amazing! I had so much fun performing with AViiDA, there is never a dull moment when we are together on stage.. It was incredible to share the stage with them.
From your YouTube channel we know you love to cover songs from some big artists including Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Lewis Capaldi and our very own Eurovision star Jessica Mauboy. Who would be your dream musician that you would love to collaborate with?
Ed Sheeran has always been one of my biggest idols. To collaborate with him on a song would be a dream come true.
When were you approached to do Junior Eurovision and how did you feel about being given the chance to represent Australia?
They reached out to me the day after the Grand Final of The Voice Australia. To have the opportunity to represent my country is so amazing and I am very proud to be representing Australia with one of my own songs.
Junior Eurovision will see you travelling to Poland, have you done much travel yet or is this your first trip overseas and who from your family will be going with you?
I was lucky enough to go to Canada via the States for my uncles wedding with the whole family, an experience I will never forget but this is my first time travelling to Europe.
My amazing parents will be joining me on this memorable trip.
You come from a musical family, have they been a big help in shaping your career to date?
Absolutely I am very lucky to have them and couldn’t do this without theiur guidance and support.
Following the theme of #sharethejoy for this years’ Junior Eurovision, other than music, what other joys do you have and like to share with others?
My family brings me joy. I love gaming, playing soccer, my dog Elsa and being in the outdoors.
Have you been a Eurovision fan before entering this year? Do you have any favourite Eurovision entries?
I haven’t watched a lot of Eurovision before this experience but I loved watching all of the previous Aussie entrants and hope I can also do Australia proud.
And finally, what do you personally hope to get out of the Junior Eurovision experience?
I hope to gain a more International following, share my music with the world, gain friends and have a good time.
Thank you again for your time, we really appreciate and you have all our support!
ABC Me is doing a School Sing Along of Jordans song. They are asking schools and young people to take a video of themselves singing the song, which may be seen on our ABC ME digital platforms or even on TV. Details at the ABC Me website.