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. A hot favourite with all y’all in our current poll, as well as our poll in 2014, is 2012 X Factor Australia winner, Samantha Jade. She has been knocked back, pulled herself up, walked through fire and sweet-talked her way into Australia’s heart.
SAMANTHA JADE? SHE SOUNDS FAMILIAR?
To people outside of Australia, Samantha Jade may be new. In 2004, she signed to Jive Records in the US and in 2006 recorded the title track for the first ‘Step Up‘ movie. The following year, Samantha released her next single ‘Turn Around’. The song reached the Top 100 in Australia but failed to chart in the US, so Samantha was subsequently dropped from Jive. Sad face.
X FACTOR AUSTRALIA 2012
After being dropped from Jive, Samantha Jade moved back to Australia and worked in her father’s mining factory. That was until she decided to audition for the X Factor Australia in 2012. Samantha saw this as her last chance to get the music career she always dreamed of. And boy, did she make an impression! Her rendition of The Script’s ‘Breakeven’ had the judges in tears, particularly Guy Sebastian, who had an established working relationship with Samantha before the show.
Samantha Jade slayed the competition, going on to win the entire season of The X Factor Australia in 2012, beating out stiff competition including Nathaniel Willemse, The Collective and Bella Ferraro. YES MAMA!
SWEET TALKING HER WAY TO THE TOP
After winning the X Factor Australia, Samantha launched her winner’s single ‘What You’ve Done To Me’ and her self titled debut album. The single debuted at number 1 immediately after the finale, and went 3x Platinum and was the 74th highest selling single in Australia in 2012. Her album saw similar success, reaching number 3 on the albums chart, going Gold in the first week.
After the success of ‘What You’ve Done To Me’, Samantha followed her success with wiwibloggs’ favourite ‘Firestarter’. This song is our JAM! Samantha Jade looks sexy and fierce, and a lot of people worldwide thought the same: she won the ARIA Award for Best Music Video and was nominated for 5 World Music Awards! The song reached number 9 in Australia and went Platinum.
The next three singles ‘Soldier’, ‘UP!’ and ‘Sweet Talk’ didn’t see as much success in the charts as we’d like. They reached number 17, 18 and 38 respectively. She has also recently starred in a really cringe-worthy commercial for Australian grocery-giant ‘Woolworths’. It features a parody of Jackson 5’s ‘Rockin’ Robin’ with two animated birds, because their prices are “cheap cheap”. Ugh.
Eurovision 2015 may be just what Samantha Jade needs to catapult her back into the spotlight! Can you imagine it? A fierce electro-pop/dance track. Sexy outfit. Hot backup dancers. YAAASSS!