He’s the 17-year-old singer who has been the subject of much speculation around Eurovision 2017. Now Australian broadcaster SBS has confirmed that X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace will indeed represent Australia at the contest, performing the ballad “Don’t Come Easy”.
SBS made the announcement today at a special presentation in a Melbourne jazz club. Making a dramatic entrance, a shadowy figure appeared on the dark stage and began performing the song anonymously. Soon the spotlight revealed the mystery performer was none other than Isaiah Firebrace.
“I’m so proud to be representing Australia as our entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017,” he said in a statement. “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.”
The song is described as “an emotive ballad showcasing his vocal range and unique ability to connect with powerful lyrics, which, in this track, speak to fighting for your dreams even when it isn’t easy.”
“Don’t Come Easy” was written by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci of DNA Songs. The duo also wrote Dami Im’s 2016 entry “Sound of Silence” and Isiah’s debut single “It’s Gotta Be You”.
Isaiah is one of the rising stars of the Australian music industry. He burst onto the scene last year after winning The X Factor Australia under the guidance of mentor Adam Lambert.
His debut single “It’s Gotta Be You” was originally released in November last year. While it hasn’t shared the same success on the charts in Australia as his X Factor predecessors, it has enjoyed better luck in Europe.
The single charted in the top 20 in Sweden, the top 30 in Denmark, and in the top 100 in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and The Netherlands. He’s going from strength to strength and milking that European fanbase for all it’s worth.
What do you make of Australia’s selection for Eurovision 2017? Do you think Isaiah can live up to the standard that Guy and Dami have set? Let us know in the comments section below.