After Australia’s participation was announced, wiwibloggers Chris, Josh and William got together and discussed some potential artists to represent the land down under at their Eurovision debut in Vienna. The hot favourite with all y’all in our current poll, as well as our poll in 2014, is 2013 X Factor Australia winner, Dami Im. She is bringing some Asian persuasion and we are living for it!

WHO IS THIS GIRL?

I’m glad you asked! South Korean-born Dami Im triumphed on the X Factor Australia in 2013. She is bringing some killer vocals, a cute bob and, occasionally, some lipstick on her endearing snaggle tooth. Naww.

She experienced a little bit of a Susan Boyle moment when she auditioned for the X Factor Australia, as she walked on stage in a pair of stockings with cats on them! The judges – Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue, and LMFAO’s Red Foo, had no idea what to expect. Then she stunned the audience and the judges with her rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’, and she received the first of many standing ovations from the judges.

WHAT HAPPENED AFTER SHE WON X FACTOR?

After Dami won the X Factor Australia, she signed to Sony Music Australia and her winner’s single ‘Alive’ went straight to number one, selling over 40,000 copies in the first week. The song also reached a high of 27 in her homeland of South Korea. In the second week, the song went platinum in Australia, and became the 14th highest selling single in Australia in 2013.

A couple of weeks later, Dami released her debut, self-titled album. The album consisted of the winners single, ‘Alive’, as well as all the songs she performed on the X Factor Australia. The album, again, went straight to number one in Australia selling nearly 25,000 copies in the first week, and became the first number one album from any X Factor Australia contestant. The album then went platinum in Australia and became the 17th highest selling album in Australia in 2013. The album also reached number nine in South Korea.

Heading into 2014, Dami released two new singles – ‘Super Love’ and ‘Gladiator’. Both of these songs reached number 11 on the Australian singles charts, and ‘Super Love’ reached number 16 in South Korea. ‘Super Love’ also went Platinum in Australia, and ‘Gladiator’ went Gold.

After releasing ‘Gladiator’, Dami released her second album ‘Heart Beats’, which contained brand new, original material. ‘Heart Beats’ reached number 7 in Australia and number 32 in South Korea. Yes, she certainly knows how to work the Pacific Rim…

ABU TV SONG FESTIVAL 2014

Aside from the X Factor, Dami Im has had plenty of exposure to international staging, y’all! Australian Eurovision broadcaster, SBS, selected Dami to represent Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival 2014 in Macau, China. The contest is the cheaper, less-glamourous Australasian version of Eurovision – without the competition. The festival is seen as a way for countries in the area to showcase local talent.

The festival saw 12 countries take part, and Dami Im sang her song ‘Living Dangerously’, which features on her album, ‘Heart Beats’. Interestingly enough, Dami shared the ABU stage with Eurovision rockers MaNga from Turkey!

WHAT’S NEXT FOR DAMI IM?

We are hoping a catchy tune in Vienna, hunty! Dami has been quiet for the past few months and Eurovision 2015 could catapult her back into the Australian, and global, spotlight! Will SBS give her another chance to represent Australia, or will they opt for someone else? While we wait to find out, let’s bask in the aura of Dami singing Prince’s “Purple Rain”. Note Ronan Keating jumping on the judge’s table at the end of the performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9rKsd7wSNQ

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S.Tan
6 years ago

Dami Im will do Australia proud if she is given this opportunity to be selected for Eurovision 2015. With her awesome vocals and singing artistry, audience captivating stage performances and charming and endearing personality, her presence there will truly reflect the theme for the event ie building bridges ,at least between Australia and Europe and not forgeting Asia as well. Dami Im has already built a lot of bridges when she came onto the music scene in Australia and no doubt this will be emulated when she is sent to Eurovision 2015.

Carlos
Carlos
6 years ago

Personally I wouldn’t like to see Dami at Eurovision cause she is way too good for that type of contest, anyone who has been watching Eurovision over the past 10 years, tell me which one Artist is genuinely World Class? Dami should not be lowered to such levels cause she is a totally different calibre Artist, the only Artist I would have close to Dami’s Talents is Bruno Mars….Dami is an impeccable Vocalist & Musician who’s Live singing is the best, she’s like a SuperStar sportsman like Michael Jordan or Ronaldo , you sit on the edge of your seat… Read more »

Tony
Tony
6 years ago

I agree that Dami Im is the best choice, she is a powerful singer and a wonderful performer with great presence on stage. She has represented Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in 2014 for SBS, and the Australian Consulates in Korea and China at large events this year celebrating Australia Day and Australian music. Dami has also performed last year in a large concert in Singapore and in an MTV Sessions event held in Shanghai and broadcast throughout SE Asia. If you watch the videos of her performances then most will agree that she is a great choice,… Read more »

beccaboo1212
6 years ago

Eh. I prefer Sia.

George
6 years ago

Which country is the worst in the Eurovision history overtaking Morocco and having zero points in her one and only participation?

…That’s right. AUSTRALIA!!!

Pauline
Pauline
6 years ago

Latvia, I feel sorry for you , do you have hearing deficiency? I would have a check up immediately….

Latvia
Latvia
6 years ago

No. I don’t like her. Better send some more unknown artist not these pop superstars like Dami, Samantha Jade, Jessica Mauboy.

Jake
Jake
6 years ago

Dami is Australia’s best chance…the formula for Australia winning is easy……find an experienced Song writer who understands about Eurovision’s idiosyncrasies & type of Lyrics & let Dami deliver it Vocally…. The Winner is ‘Australia” & Music”.

Shannon
Shannon
6 years ago

If anyone can find a more credentialed Artist, I’d like to know who?? Dami was winning since the age of 11, scholarships, State Piano Awards ect ect ….This girl simply does not lose & she’s shown what she’s capable of when she’s on the same stage as other Artists, in fact you don’t get to fully appreciate how good she is until she performs against other Artists on the same stage. There is a reason why Xfactor 2014 was viewed by the most ever in Aus, there is a reason why Dami won by a winning margin of 60% in… Read more »

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
6 years ago

i would love her sooooo much

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

I like Dani Im as much as you guys too. Wanna see her perform again in numerous international song contests. But if the Australian broadcaster does not pick her, I will still respect their decisions. Hopefully they pick a musician/s who are as talented as Dami Im too.

Dickens
Dickens
6 years ago

She’s a worthy entrant i’d say.

Isabel
Isabel
6 years ago

I would loooove to see her at Eurovision, but I would also like if they chose Guy Sebastian. That guy can SING!

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

Can I be objective about who should be AU’s representative at Eurovision? absolutely not 😀 gooooo Dami

PS: EU, just love the lady for her music… you wont be sorry.

Lin
Lin
6 years ago

I wouldn’t mind her, but my favorites to represent Australia are The Veronicas. They just had their comeback with an awesome album, the first in six years!!!
I recommend them.

Macky
Macky
6 years ago

I love Dami Im. If SBS think that she is the best artist to represent Australia, why not send her again so Australia will have the best chance of winning? Even if she doesn’t win I’m pretty sure she will still make Australia proud with her superb vocals, solid performance and musicality.

Dami Army World
6 years ago

I hope SBS & BlinkTV choose the right Aussie Artist based on who they think will give Australia the best chance of Winning Eurovision. Whilst the Dami Army were naturally delighted with Dami representing Australia at the recent ABU song festival in China, I sincerely hope the decision was not based on categorising Dami to the Asian market only. Dami is Australian and her Music and Fan base is spread wide and far across the Globe. Dami is the only Artist who can captivate an audience with her vocals, she should be selected based on her vocal ability alone, having… Read more »

Latvia
Latvia
6 years ago

I don’t like her.

stephen podesta
stephen podesta
6 years ago

Dami im my favorite to represent Australia, someone fresh with a new sound that is amazing, Stage presence, a really beautiful person and she is gorgeous., lets support new talent and not has beens. Everyone will love her.

Michael Myrt
Michael Myrt
6 years ago

For a song of 3 minutes, to represent Australia, in an International Competition, there is only ONE name that stands out DAMI IM. Proven as a competitor under pressure (11 standing ovations in 14 songs, through her X Factor Journey) The most powerful voice in Australia (X Factor 2013, Xmas Carols 2013 & 2014, StartKing) Plus the “Success Story” of Multiculturalism in Australia. As for a song, from the ones available todate, a shorten version of Speak Up could become an World Anthem for each disadvantaged group.

Diane
Diane
6 years ago

Oops I mean I like when, not I live ahen. My fingers are full of excitement

Diane
Diane
6 years ago

Absolutely yes! She will slay the stage in Vienna. I live when ahe entered the stage, her presence fill the room. Please SBS read this and send her to Eurovision 2015. Killer vocal + great song + stage presence = quality

jtgravity
jtgravity
6 years ago

Hi, thanks for using my Youtube recording of ABU Song Festival 2014 of Living Dangerously. What more can I say? If one sees her live performance videos on jtgravity, there is no doubt that she’s the right person to be selected. She’s got the experience and voice for big occasion. She does not break under pressure. She has a lot of support from Dami Army.Dami Im is quirky, beautiful, and has the supermodel look. She looks the part for Eurovision. See all her costumes when she was on XFactor! 🙂 My petition for her to be selected currently has around… Read more »

Lee
Lee
6 years ago

Dami im all the way.

Bronson
Bronson
6 years ago

@Yolanda Marlisa is too young. She turns 16 in October.

It would have been funny if you titled it ‘Asian Persuasian’ 😛

yolanda halim
yolanda halim
6 years ago

maria punzalan better as youngest and talented as well so please consider her..
Lets Dami concentrates with her new songs

martin
martin
6 years ago

YES Dami would be PERFECT for Eurovision. Like seriously she’s the only current Australian singer who can sing live

Terry
Terry
6 years ago

Dami is just the right person to represent in Eurovision. Not only is she a Master of Voice but she will be very quirky and memorable. The multicultural aspect of Australia is of significant interest to the international community .. so they will take notice. The ones who are successful at Eurovision usually have a notable feature that stands out and triggers a reaction. She also has a proven ability for the epic, in her voice and performances. She’s just so well trained.

Jan
Jan
6 years ago

Dami Im is a perfect fit to represent Australia at Eurovision. FIrst of all she has a phenomenal voice and that is the crucial feature. She has a beautiful and appealing personality. She is an impressive presence on the stage and she comes with a long list of credentials. She only recently returned from Korea and China where she was invited by the Australian Embassy to represent Australia with her music. Korea had the biggest ‘party’ ever celebrating Australia Day and where Dami performed to a crowd 2000 strong of dignitaries from many countries. She represented Australia at the ABU… Read more »

Martin
6 years ago

SORRY,is to “Sony and also Trinity” i think. in a meeting too!

Jose
Jose
6 years ago

dami im is the best artist to represent Australia, I hope SBS choose her would be amazing to see her againg!!!!

Martin
6 years ago

well i love dami,if SBS know her is because they know that she is good 🙂 also good to represent AUS,dami is TODAY just now.singing her NEW SINGLE that we don’t know yet,in a secret showcase to Australia and Trinity. dami was in Sweden a month ago doing new songs,soo.if today Sony give the OK i don’t know,if is something for Eurovision but.still good.

Just being honest
Just being honest
6 years ago

If ppl want ‘Asian Persuasion’ they why not Guy Sebastion instead? He’s Asian, has done collab with Jessica Mauboy & Lupe Fiasco(‘Battle Scars’) and quite well known globally. He’s one of Aussie’s most successful male artists! 😉

Just being honest
Just being honest
6 years ago

No no NO! Give us Kylie, Delta or even Guy Sebastion just not her! This is a ONE off participation Australia so send someone BIG!!

Paul
6 years ago

Dami Im is a classy lady and really is the most awesome singer the world has yet to discover Being one of the best vocalists in Australia, Dami Im would be the one most likely to win the competion as her endearing personality, powerful vocals and amazing musical talents would certainly win the voters over

PP
PP
6 years ago

Marco

We saw that IL Volo did n t rock in both juries voting at San Remo.
For Spain I hope they wili get great song and maybe win contest, they wait so many years from 1969 for victory. But I afraid maybe Spain 2015 wili be like Spain 2009.
For Australia you maybe right, becase we see that they want to go to Eurovision 2016, and maybe some in EBU want Australia in this contest in future not only as one year guest or two years if they win in 2015.

Marco
Marco
6 years ago

I would be so happy if they Australia win Eurovision…. So far i think that there are only 3 top contenders: Italy (The will rock in the public voting and with the juries too), Spain (A lot of hype around Edurne but i am sure that all this hype is deserved) and of course Australia (they won’t waste this opportunity)

I would be so happy if Dami go to ESC

Titaniumsparrow
Titaniumsparrow
6 years ago

She’s the only one we have that’s Eurovision worthy.

Stephanie
6 years ago

Dami would be perfect, I love her music!

D
D
6 years ago

Australia winning Eurovision is my worst nightmare. I just don’t understand why they were allowed to compete.

MTD
MTD
6 years ago

If SBS selected her once, they wont allow themselves to select her again. Dream off Wiwi. Go back to Australia and find some other artist to fill up the gossip box until official anouncements. 😛

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

WOW, she is really good! I’ve never heard of her before but now, I hope she can represent Australia 🙂

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

YES!