En­vi­ous eyes on the prize

Young Tal­ent Time fi­nal­ist takes turn as host of Euro­vi­sion, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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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

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