Junior Eurovision: Newcastle singer to represent the United Kingdom

Written by on 19th October 2023

A singer from Newcastle has been chosen to represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 

Yazmin (left) is part of STAND UNIQU3 | Image – BBC / Justin Downing

12-year-old Yazmin is part of the girl group STAND UNIQU3 who will fly the flag for the country at the competition in Nice, France next month. 

Yazmin’s group mates are 12-year-old Hayla from Liverpool and 13-year-old Maisie from Essex. 

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is run by the European Broadcast Union, the same body that organises the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Patricia Hidalgo, director of BBC Children’s and Education, said: “We have a great song and high hopes for our brilliant trio, STAND UNIQU3, and we want families everywhere to cheer on Hayla, Maisie and Yazmin and watch them represent the UK in the competition.” 

The girls’ song, Back To Life, was released today and received its first play on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 this morning. 

The upbeat pop track was written by Sky Adams, Jakke Erixson and Jack Hawitt who have written songs in the past for Ava Max, Doja Cat and Kylie Minogue. 

Junior Eurovision took place for the first time in 2003 and the UK placed third with the singer Tom Morley. A year later Cory Spedding went one better and finished second. 

The UK returned to Junior Eurovision last year, 17 years after its previous participation. Freya Skye performed the song Lose My Head in Yerevan, Armenia and secured fifth place for her country. 

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Nice, France on November 25 and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, CBBC and BBC iPlayer. 

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