Junior Eurovision 2022: United Kingdom
This year the United Kingdom will be represented at Junior Eurovision 2022 by Freya Skye with the song, ‘Lose My Head'.
You can find details on the entry, the artist, ranking and comments from the Aussievision team and history of the United Kingdom at Junior Eurovision below.
The artist: Freya Skye
Freya is 13 years old and hails from Buckinghamshire in South East England.
Freya started singing when she was four-years-old and attended stage school every weekend. She took private singing lessons from age seven and was subsequently advised to audition for a performing arts school. Freya was successful in her audition and the family moved to London so that she could attend full time. Since then she has written and released three original songs, including ‘I Love the Way’, which featured on BBC Introducing.
In her spare time Freya enjoys playing piano, country walks with her dog Ruby, playing football and following her favourite team Tottenham Hotspur. Freya is a huge Eurovision fan and she particularly enjoys the music of Sam Ryder and Daði Freyr.
The entry: 'Lose My Head'
'Lose My Head' was written by Jack Hawitt, Amber Van Day and Deepend. It is an uptempo, high energy pop number which showcases Freya's vocal talents as well as giving her chance to impress with well put together choreography.
Freya was chosen to represent the United Kingdom through various rounds of auditions, organised by the BBC Entertainment team in conjunction with CBBC. Freya was taken to the Apollo Victoria Theatre under the pretext of a final audition, only to be surprised by West End performer and former UK Eurovision entrant Lucie Jones (UK Eurovision 2017), who delightfully broke the news to Freya that she had been selected to represent the UK in Armenia.
Aussievision team ranking
The Aussievision team have voted for their top 10 favourite Junior Eurovision 2022 songs from 12 points to 1 point.
They have ranked the United Kingdom as their No. 1 song from this years Junior Eurovision!
'Lose My Head' got 12 points from Emma, Hayley, John Christian and Samuel and 10 points from Cooper, Estelle, Hugo, Laura, Steven and Teddy.
Comments from the Aussievision team
"Lose My Head' is a well written pop song that sounds just like the latest Ava Max release - no surprise when you learn the song's writers have previously collaborated with Ava herself. Freya sounds like a young Ellie Goulding as she snappily navigates her way through this tale of a broken relationship. It's possibly too adult sounding for Junior Eurovision but beats many of the entries the UK has sent to the senior version of the contest over the last couple of years (Sam Ryder excluded). This is bound to have wide appeal and is arguably the strongest song in the JESC lineup this year." ~ Emma
"The UK returns to Junior Eurovision with a bang and doesn’t disappoint. “Lose My Head” has such a contemporary feel – you could imagine it on Dua Lipa album. Freya has the confidence of a performer many years her senior, and hopefully she channels those dance moves in her music video onto the Junior Eurovision stage in December. After finishing second at adult Eurovision this year, the UK has a great chance at doing one better in the Junior edition." ~ Samuel
"A song and singer posing with attitude. It’s a great little pop song and I particularly like the pre-chorus. A strong and welcome return from the UK to the Contest." ~ Steven
"Perhaps a little too similar to last year's winner to take out the whole thing, the UK's entry is nonetheless top-quality and feels destined for the upper end of the scoreboard. The production sounds modern and expensive, Freya is a confident performer, and the whole thing feels like something that emerges naturally out of the UK music scene. Glad to see that Sam Ryder wasn't just a one-off!" ~ Teddy
"Lose My Head' is very well produced and the UK have certainly put a lot of effort into their JESC entry. The standout of this song is its clever songwriting, with lyrics that are applicable to many situations without sounding too generic." ~ Laura
"United Kingdom has come back with a bang! This is a banger in line with previously successful Junior entries like Superhero and Qami Qami (which both won their respective editions). This is a track that will be remembered and could give the Brits another contest to host in 2023." ~ Cooper
"We’ve seen what happens when the UK puts some concerted effort into ESC itself, and now they’re sending quality to Junior as well. “Lose My Head” is a great little bop - I like the constant beat, and the dance instrumental is quite catchy. Freya shows to have great charisma and the song builds nicely to the big ”vote for me” note near the end. The UK doesn’t have the same sort of traditional “ethnic” style and sound as some of the eastern countries for example, but both Space Man and this song feel British - the retro style beat and synths give it that sense of British-ness. One of the better songs this year." ~ Hugo
"It's high time for the United Kingdom to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest." ~ John Christian
"It really is a cut above the rest. Like last year’s winner, it feels quite grown up. I see this winning!" ~ Hayley
United Kingdom at Junior Eurovision
The United Kingdom is one of the sixteen countries to have made its debut at the first Junior Eurovision in 2003, coming in 3rd place. The following year saw Cory Spedding take 2nd place with 'The Best is Yet to Come', however this initial momentum was not set to continue as the UK hasn't participated in the contest since 2005 where they came in 14th place.
Following a 17 year hiatus, the BBC will be broadcasting Junior Eurovision. Prior to 2022 Junior Eurovision had been broadcast by ITV. The BBC are going all out and will be broadcasting the contest live on BBC ONE, CBBC and BBC iPlayer.
Sam Ryder completely turned the tide for the UK at Eurovision, could Freya Skye follow in his footsteps and herald the greatest of comebacks for the UK at Junior Eurovision?
We don't have long to wait to find out, Junior Eurovision 2022 will be held in Yerevan on December 11, 2022 (December 12, 2022 in Australia).
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