It’s past the time that I explain to non-Eurovision friends why Australia is in the contest – they just are, OK! Since 2015 in fact… And here they are in mid-table for in my preview countdown ranking represented by a big star in Australia, the bubbly Jessica Mauboy. Australia haven’t finished outside the top 10 in their previous three contests, will that continue this year? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #24 AUSTRALIA – Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love””
Time now for Eurovision’s most distant country – half way round the world, it’s Australia. Yes, they are back for their third year in the contest and seem now to be a permanent fixture among the list of contestant countries. Last year Dami Im won the jury vote by a good distance and overall Australia came as runners up to Ukraine. Who on earth can follow that? Step forward young Isaiah Firebrace – can he follow in Dami’s footsteps and deliver another top result for Australia? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #15 AUSTRALIA – Isaiah – “Don’t Come Easy””
Next up is the furthest flung country in this year’s contest, indeed it’s about as far from Europe as you can go! It’s last year’s special guest entry, which (unsurprisingly) has been asked back for another year – Australia. Their return is not unexpected, after their special guest invite last year as part of the 60th anniversary of Eurovision, though I know not everyone is happy that it seems to have been made a regular thing now. As for me, I don’t mind, Australia is a big and long-standing fan of Eurovision and with such a diverse population, they can really connect with and get into the contest.They also bring their big names to the contest as I’m sure they are well aware of the size of the television audience and opportunity to become known in such a huge market. Enter Dami Im!
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #9 AUSTRALIA – Dami Im – “Sound of Silence””
I had the privilege of attending a one-off concert by Conchita at the Sydney Opera House last night. It was a special occasion for many reasons: seeing Conchita of course, being there for the reveal of Australia’s entry this year, being inside such an iconic venue and the general fact that I am here in the first place!
It was a truly special evening and Conchita put on a stunning and heartfelt show with contributions from a couple of great Australian drag artists as well as the lovely Guy Sebastian (who represented Australia last year to great success). Continue reading “From Austria and Australia with love: Conchita Wurst at the Sydney Opera House and Australia’s artist revealed “