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!