Last year it has been the first time ever that Australia has been officially participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. It has been said that this was a one-time thing only. But Australia made a 5th place in the Grand Final and the international reactions were more than positive, there were more than 4 million viewers in Australia. So now it’s granted by the EBU that Australia can participate again, but has to qualify in the Semi Final first, like every other country, beside the Big Five.
Conchita Wurst has officially announced the singer Dami during a special concert “From Vienna With Love” in the Sydney Opera House together with Guy Sebastian, who sang the debut entry for Australia: “Tonight Again”. Watch the video with the announcement and Dami singing “Waterloo”. The song presentation has happened a few days later.
Dami was born in South Korea in 1988. In the age of nine she moved together with her family to Brisbane, Australia. Dami has studied the piano and violin and achieved many awards for young artists. After recording her first album she participated in the X-Factor show, which she won. After that she had several smash hits “Alive” has even been #1 in Australia:
The song “Sound Of Silence” is power ballad with a good rhythm and a very catchy chorus. Dami is proofing that her crystal clear voice can be a goose-bumps guarantee in Stockholm. The song is about an absent lover and the longing for him. The song writers David Musumeci und Anthony Egizi (DNA songs) are very successful in Australia and have already written songs for Ricky Martin, Delta Goodrem and Jessica Mauboy. “Sound Of Silence” will be one of the big favourites in Stockholm. Good choice Australia!
Chance for Top 10: 100%
For the second time, Australia is participating in the Eurovision Song Contest already. Last year it was communicated that this was only an exception, but nobody has expected such a positive echo and a great acceptance. In the debut entry “Tonight Again” by Guy Sebastian, Australia could make a wonderful 5th place in the Grand Final. This year, Australia has to pass the Semi Final 2 to guarantee more fairness.
Even if Australia does not belong to Europe geographically, there are strong bounds which have grown over centuries. A lot of Europeans live in Australia and the ESC has always been very popular. The only big disadvantage is the enormous time difference, nevertheless the show is normally broadcasted on the Sunday night. But nowadays, it is being transmitted live on TV, in a very early morning!
Even if this is the first official Australian entry, there have already been some more or less well known Australians singing in the Eurovision Song Contest!Olivia Newton-John born in 1948, who is originally from England, but moved with her family to Australia when she was five years old. In 1974, when ABBA could win the contest for Sweden, Olivia made a great 4th place in Brighton with “Long Live Love”.
There is Johnny Logan, a guy who has won the Eurovision Song Contest three times for Ireland two times as a singer and one time as a composer. Johnny Logan was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1954 as a son of Irish immigrants. His songs “What’s Another Year” in 1980 and “Hold Me Now” in 1987 were very successful all over the world. “Why Me” was sung by Linda Martin in 1992, where Johnny acted as composer. Gina G., who was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1970, has represented the United Kingdom with the dance song “Ooh...Aah...Just A Little Bit”. This song came 8th in Oslo 1996.
Jane Camerford, who was born Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in 1959. She has been representing Germany with the band Texas Lightening with “No No Never” in Athens 2006, where a 14th place could be made.
In 2014, Australia had a guest appearance in the ESC in Copenhagen, Jessica Mauboy who was born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in 1989. She had the chance to represent Australia in the interval act of the Semi Final 2 with the song “Sea Of Flags”.