In an exciting development for Eurovision fans, a brand-new girl group, STAND UNIQU3, is set to represent the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023. After their successful debut in 2022, the UK is back in the spotlight with this trio, consisting of Hayla, Maisie, and Yazmin. What makes this entry particularly unique is that it’s the first time a group will represent the UK at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Back To Life: The Chosen Anthem
The trio’s entry for the competition, “Back To Life,” was exclusively revealed on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. The song is penned by renowned songwriters Sky Adams, Jakke Erixson, and Jack Hawitt, known for their work with international artists like Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue, and Ava Max. “Back To Life” is a compelling anthem that explores the theme of facing one’s fears. STAND UNIQU3’s journey to represent the UK began with an extensive audition process that culminated in the formation of this dynamic girl group. Producers were quick to spot the chemistry between Hayla, Maisie, and Yazmin, bringing them together for this exciting endeavor. The girls’ selection was met with surprise and joy as BBC Radio 1’s Dean McCullough delivered the exciting news. They had gathered at a London dance studio, believing it to be just another audition. Little did they know that all three of them had been chosen to represent the UK on the international stage.
Meet the Young Stars
Hayla (12, Liverpool): With a family connection to Eurovision (her grandfather was a backing dancer for the 1987 UK entry), Hayla is a dedicated fan of Rihanna and enjoys both music and football.
Maisie (13, Essex): Maisie’s talents extend beyond singing; she loves to dance and act on stage. She also has an unusual hobby – clay pigeon shooting with her grandad. She has a passion for collecting crystals.
Yazmin (12, Newcastle): No stranger to performing in front of crowds, Yazmin is an enthusiast of Latin and Ballroom dancing. She enjoys cuddling with her chihuahua Tinkerbell, writing stories, and shopping.
A Promising Year Ahead
Leading up to the live Contest in Nice, France, STAND UNIQU3 will make appearances on popular BBC shows such as Blue Peter, Saturday Mash-Up, Strictly – It Takes Two, and BBC Children in Need. These opportunities will allow audiences to get to know the group better and support them on their Eurovision journey.
National Juries and Global Voting
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place on Sunday, November 26, and the winner will be determined through a combination of national juries and global online voting. Unlike the main Eurovision Song Contest, viewers will have the chance to vote for their own country, adding an exciting twist to the competition. Lauren Layfield and HRVY will return as UK commentators, providing insights and commentary during the event. It’s worth noting that last year, Freya Skye represented the UK with the song “Lose My Head” and secured the 5th place overall. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023, a BBC Studios production, will be broadcast on BBC Two, CBBC, and BBC iPlayer at 3 pm on Sunday, November 26. Stay tuned for this musical extravaganza featuring young talent from around the world.
Documentary on the Horizon
To delve deeper into STAND UNIQU3’s journey, CBBC and BBC iPlayer will air a half-hour documentary this autumn. It promises to provide an insightful look into the preparations and aspirations of these rising stars.
For the latest updates on the United Kingdom’s journey at Junior Eurovision 2023, follow @CBBC and @BBCEurovision on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. To watch STAND UNIQU3’s music video, visit the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. You can also stay connected with the group on Instagram and TikTok.