For the third year in a row Australia is going to be a part of Eurovision! It has all started with a one go option in 2015, but it has successfully developed to a bright star in the ESC heaven. Australia’s broadcaster SBS has made an internal selection presented the singer Isaiah in a Melbourne jazz club. The song has been unveiled later.
Isaiaha Firebrace was born in a very small town in New South Wales called Moama, close to the border of Victoria in 1999. Here he grew up with eleven brothers and sisters. He first entered the Australian X-Factor in 2015 and finally could win it the year after. He could immediately sign his first record contract and his first single “It’s Gotta Be You” has been played all around the world. Even more the single reached platinum status in Sweden for more than 44 million streams on Spotify. This song has been written by the composers DNA David Musumeci und Anthony Egizii, who already wrote Dami Im’s “Sound Of Silcene” and made a 3rd place in Stockholm and this year’s Australian entry “Don’t Come Easy” for Isaiah.
When Isaiah was announced he first said “I’m so proud to be representing Australia as our entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Even though it has been a dream of mine, never did I think for one minute it would be a possibility. I can’t wait to go to the Ukraine to perform ‘Don’t Come Easy’. I will make Australia proud.”
Isaiah is going to be the first Indigenous Australian at Eurovision. His song “Don’t Come Easy” is a dreamy ballad with powerful lyrics fighting for your dreams, even if it’s not easy. The 17-years old singer might be a good choice for Kiev as he shows very good singing qualities. But with this song it will not be easy to stand out of the competitors as there is a majority of ballads and decent songs. And the song is not as strong as the previous Australian entries.
Chance for Top 10: 100 %
Chances for Grand Final: 100 %
For the third time, Australia is participating in the Eurovision Song Contest already. Firstly it was announced that it should be a unique 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. And last year’s singer Dami Im could even reach a 3rd place, even the juries voted here as number one, an unbelievable success for Australia.
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 Australian broadcaster SBS has been transmitting the ESC since 1983. 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 due to the televoting in a very early morning as well as on Sunday night as a reprise.
Nevertheless, there have already been some more or less well known Australians singing in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past as well: 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”.