SBS has revealed the first four singers who will be competing in Eurovision – Australia Decides in Gold Coast.
Mark Vince, Sheppard, Kate Miller-Heidke and Electric Fields have all been confirmed as participating in the first ever Australian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. The acts were selected by SBS to take part in the selection process. Sheppard stated to the Daily Telegraph that;
We’re excited at the prospect of representing Australia in what feels like the pop music Olympics.
Sheppard are an indie pop band from Brisbane and won the 2014 ARIA Award for Best Band. The group have released two albums to date, the first reaching no.2 and their most recent ‘Watching the Sky’ topping the charts earlier this year. Kate Miller-Heidke signed her first record deal in 2006, with her debut album ‘Little Eve’ going gold and receiving four ARIA nominations. Kate hasn’t released any new music since 2016 but continues to appear on stage and film.
Electric Fields are a new music duo formed of Michael Ross and Zaachariaha Fielding, they combine traditional culture with electronic music. Earlier this year they toured across Australia. Mark Vincent was the winner of the third season of Australia’s Got Talent, he has gone on to release seven studio albums. During this time he has had four top ten albums and is one of the most successful tenors in Australia.
Eurovision – Australia Decides is set to take place on February 8 and 9 in Gold Coast. The selection show will take place over two days, with live performances broadcast on February 8 and 9, with a live voting show broadcast on February 9. The show is set to be hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, who have been Australia’s commentators at the contest since 2017.
Jessica Mauboy represented Australia this year in Lisbon with “We Got Love”. She finished 20th in the final with 99 points. This was the first time that Australia did not finish in the top 10 in the final.
Source: Daily Mail
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster SBS has broadcast Eurovision in Australia since 1983. Australia’s best result to date came in 2016 Australia when Dami Im, with the song “Sound of Silence,” finished in 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, just 23 points away from victory.