She’s the Australian Idol star who made Australia’s performance debut at Eurovision. Now Jessica Mauboy is back — but this time she’s in it to win it. Broadcaster SBS confirmed that Jessica has been selected to represent Australia in Lisbon.
SBS broke the news today in a video, where Australian commentators Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey phoned the young diva to check her availability.
This will be the second time at Eurovision for Jessica. She first appeared in 2014 as a semi-final interval act in Copenhagen. Jessica performed the song “Sea of Flags”, an uplifting introduction for Australia. It made the right impression, as Australia was invited back the following year as a competing country.
Earlier in the year, Jessica revealed that she would love to return to Eurovision. Speaking to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, Jessica responded with “a big yes” when asked if she would like to return to Eurovision one day.
And now she will have her shot. Jessica’s song for Lisbon has not been confirmed but it is expected to be revealed sometime early next year.
Jessica shared her enthusiasm for her new gig, telling SBS, “I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous — mainly about the stress of the dress!”
Australia’s Head of Delegation, Paul Clarke, revealed Jessica has always been on his wishlist. He said, “We have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned. We can’t wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision-style as a galactic soul diva.”
Jessica has a substantial career as a pop and R&B singer. She has released three studio albums and has enjoyed dozens of hit singles.
More recently, Jessica has moved into acting. She starred in the 2012 film The Sapphires, and features in the hit Australian musical drama series The Secret Daughter. She has released two soundtrack albums for The Secret Daughter, which charted at No.1 and No.2 in the Australian albums chart.
Earlier this year she had a No.11 hit with the song “Fallin'” from The Secret Daughter.
Since competitively debuting at Eurovision in 2015, Australia has always placed in the top ten. Their best result was in 2016, when Dami Im’s power ballad “Sound of Silence” placed second in Stockholm.
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