Jessica Mauboy will soon become the first Australian to perform as a special guest at the Eurovision Song Contest. That’s right people. Today it was revealed that Darwin-born Jess will sing as part of the second semi-final interval act.
“Like so many Aussies, I have loved watching the show from my lounge room and now to be a part of one of the world’s biggest music shows is just incredible,” she said after Tuesday’s announcement. “I can’t wait to bring a little bit of Australia to the contest.”
For months DR, the Danish broadcaster, has been whispering that it wanted to recognise Australia’s love affair with the Eurovision Song Contest in a very public way. Australian network SBS has aired the contest for more than 30 years, and since we got our very own commentators Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, it has exploded in popularity.
Most of us thought that DR’s plans would involve Kylie Minogue making a cameo, as she hasn’t being doing that much lately and this would have been a great boost for her album. We were totes wrong.
But we’re also totally happy. Jessica—Miss Mauboy if you’re nasty— is extremely well known Down Under. Let’s educate all you guys overseas…
GET TO KNOW JESSICA MAUBOY
Jessica (born August 4, 1989 in Darwin, Northern Territory) was the runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006. She brings a lot of flavor to the table. Her father is of Indonesian origin and her mother is of Indigenous Australian, Native American and English descent.
At the age of 14 she won the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition, with the grand prize being a recording contract with Sony BMG. She then recorded a country version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. In the summer of 2006, Jessica auditioned for the fourth season of Australian Idol in Alice Springs. She sang the Whitney Houston hit “I Have Nothing” and her powerful vocals impressed all three judges—Mark Holden, Marcia Hines and Kyle Sandilands. Marcia stated that Mauboy was one of the most natually blessed singers she had ever come across. She made it through to the theatre rounds with a unanimous “yes” and performed at the Kimberley Moon Experience. She came first runner-up in the finale.
Let’s see Jessica in action!
SEMI-FINAL INTERVAL INFO
Jessica is currently writing a new song with Iian Kidron, which she will perform as a guest in the second semi-final at Eurovision. It will be an up-tempo song and she promises that “it [will] not only reflect [my] indigenous heritage but resonate with the European cultures competing”.
“The song speaks of ancient dreaming but I also wanted to convey a message that whatever country you represent, you have to bring that culture to the next generation.”
Performing in front of a television audience of more than 180 million is a great way to launch her European career.
SBS Eurovision hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang are excited to travel with Jessica to Copenhagen. “I think Europeans will genuinely lose their minds when they see Jess perform,” Zemero said. “They’ll be thankful she isn’t competing that is for sure.”
The show’s supervising producer Mikkel Becch nearly wet himself with excitement. As he told Eurovision.tv: “She is incredibly good and a huge talent, and she is really, really excited about travelling to Denmark and standing on the big Eurovision stage.”
SBS is sending two lucky Australians along for the ride. They’re staging a competition and you can win. You can read more here.
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