Envious eyes on the prize
Young Talent Time finalist takes turn as host of Eurovision, writes Darren Cartwright
YOUNG Talent Time (YTT) grand finalist Georgia McCarthy is a very envious co-host of SBS’s Junior Eurovision broadcast on Sunday.
McCarthy, who is studying year 12 at Australian Institute of Music, had to sing covers during her march to the ultimate round on the short-lived revival of YTT in 2012.
On Sunday, McCarthy, along with Andre Nookadu, will provide local commentary on the 11th annual Junior Eurovision which features a dozen 10 to 15-year-olds singing original tunes.
This sing-off is being held at the Palace of Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.
McCarthy said it was only after leaving Ten’s YTT did she really get a chance to perform originals.
However, it’s the opposite on Junior Eurovision where the fledgling singers have to write or co-write the songs they perform and a reason she is envious of the young performers.
‘‘It was after Young Talent when it got exciting for me because I could start creating everything I wanted to do,’’ says McCarthy.
‘‘These young kids are so amazing and they’ve all had to write or cowrite their own songs and it shows how much talent they have.
‘‘They have to put forward their own songs and their own style . . . that’s what makes it a iconic and great and different from everything else.’’
The countries that vie for the prize are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden and host country Ukraine.
The songster who takes out the title will also be given the opportunity to take part in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
McCarthy and Nookadu will be sitting in the SBS studios early Sunday watching and commentating during the telecast for Australian audiences.
‘‘We have to be there at 3.30am,’’ she says.
The co-hosting role is McCarthy’s biggest TV break since YTT, though to be fair she has taken a step back from entertaining to concentrate on school.
She completed Year 11 at the Australian Institute of Music and when she completes Year 12 she will make a more concerted effort to break out into the TV or music industries.
‘‘It ( Young Talent Time) opened a lot of doors for me after the competition,’’ McCarthy says.
‘‘I’ve been writing, creating tracks.’’
Georgia McCarthy and Andre Nookadu