Sheppard’s Australia Decides song wasn’t written specifically for Eurovision.
In an interview with an Australian magazine, and shared by aussievision.net, the lead singer of Sheppard has revealed that their song for the Australian Eurovision selection show was written beforehand, and was not specifically for the contest.
George Sheppard said:
“Luckily we already had a song written which was perfect for Eurovision. It has the classic massive, anthemic Sheppard sound, celebrating love and the fire that burns within you when you’re in love.
We are also planning an epic performance using technology and colour and light to tell the story in an interesting, unique way.
The chance to represent our country in anything is an offer we couldn’t turn down, and Eurovision is like the Olympics of music. I get the feeling the artists involved will all become great friends through the experience, and whoever Australia decides to send over – we’ll all be cheering.
The group are preparing to tour Europe over Christmas, and will participate alongside 3 other artists in Eurovision – Australia Decides on February 8th and 9th 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.
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.