Today rehearsals for Junior Eurovision 2023 kicked off in Nice. Countries rehearsing on Day 1 include Ukraine, North Macedonia, Germany, Estonia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Georgia and Armenia. The third country to rehearse today is Germany’s FIA
What did we learn about FIA’s staging?
Disclaimer: Please note that the EBU has not released footage from the first rehearsals, and that the description detailed in this article is mainly based from the pictures and if available footage from the delegations themselves.
FIA is joined by a backing dancer on stage to bring a performance full of dynamism and colour. They bring with them a four-sided prop filled with balloons and decorated with child’s wind fans and a stiffed animal. Their background is multi-coloured and constantly changing in line with the emotion of the performance.
If you are interested in seeing more pictures from FIA’s first rehearsal today, you can look through them right here.
Who is Fia?
12 year-old Fia was originally born in Shanghai, however her family returned to Germany upon the birth of her younger sister. Fia is no stranger to a big stage as she has already taken part in Germany’s edition of The Voice Kids. During The Voice Kids Fia often used sign language during her performances, her inspiration behind this is her younger sister. In her spare time Fia she is always singing and dancing and entertaining her family.
Fia was chosen to represent Germany at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 following an online vote ran by broadcaster KiKa. Fia will represent Germany with the song “Ohne Worte”. Following on from her national final win, Fia’s song was revamped for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Nice. In the national final, Fia’s song included the use of sign language.
Germany’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Germany was originally due to join the Junior Eurovision family in the initial edition of the Contest, but unexpectedly withdraw. This also happened in 2004, when Germany withdrew ahead of the Contest in Lillehammer. It wasn’t until 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that Germany first participated in a Junior Eurovision event. Germany has participated on two occassions, the first being 2020 – when Susan performed “Stronger With You”, finishing 12th in a field of 12.
Germany’s most recent participation came in 2021, when Pauline represented the nation in Paris with her song “Imagine Us”. Performing first in the running order, Germany would finish in 17th place out of 19 performers. Germany received a total of 61 points,; 15 from professional juries and the remaining 46 from the online vote.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Credit: Corinne Cumming/EBU