Twelve-year-old Melburnian Jael Wena, who came third in last month’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus, talks about performing, her faith and what she loves about Christmas.
The theme for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (JESC) was ‘Light Up’. What lights you up?
Definitely my family and music. Also my faith, because it’s really important to me. It makes me feel courageous and loved, like I can achieve anything. Knowing that I have a call and a gift in life makes me feel really special.
Tell us about your JESC song, ‘Champion’.
‘Champion’ is about all of us and the best version of ourselves. We all have a ‘champion’ inside and we all have a shining light. Sometimes we don’t try or do things out of fear. With this song I want all kids, and even adults, to start believing in themselves and going after their dreams.
What was the most exciting thing about being in this contest?
Everything! Literally everything has been so much fun from the very beginning. Getting dressed up and having my hair and makeup done for the photo shoot, then filming my music video, meeting Grace from ABC ME and the former JESC contestants from Australia, Isabella Clarke and Bella Paige. This is a dream come true and
I had a great time!
You have written your own song of praise. What was the motivation behind this?
My passion for my faith and being so grateful for having Jesus Christ in my life.
What is your favourite Christmas carol?
‘O Holy Night’ because it’s truly such a beautiful song to sing and listen to. The lyrics talk about the true story and meaning of Christmas. I sing this song every year with my family and I love it.
What does Christmas mean to you?
It’s a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and a time of giving and being together with family. This is probably my favourite time of year!
What gets you into the Christmas spirit?
My family and I love Christmas so much. What gets me into the spirit is singing carols with my family, Christmas shopping and putting up and decorating the Christmas tree, of course.
Do you have a regular Christmas tradition?
We go Christmas carolling around our neighbourhood and, seeing as I love making desserts, we make trifle every year.
What do you love most about this time of year?
Being with my family and just the buzz in the air. There is a different and very happy atmosphere at Christmas time which I love.