Continuing on with our infatuation with Australia’s participation in Vienna this year, the team have stumbled across a little gem. Recently Australian radio and TV presenter Julia Zemiro spoke to well-known Australian-LGBT news site Star Observer, and she let the world know her opinions on who should and shouldn’t compete for Australia!

AMATEURS NEEDN’T APPLY

Let’s make one thing very clear to y’all: she still has no clue as to who is actually going. But she has very strong opinions as to who should go. She mentioned to Star Observer that many well-known artists had actively approached SBS and even Julia herself, but she believes there must be one prerequisite – they need to be experienced!

“I don’t mean necessarily older but who’s tough because if you do lose or come in the bottom 10, it’s not a nice feeling,”

It was for that reason the likelihood of a recent X-Factor or The Voice winner was slim. I’m looking at you Dami and Sammy.

SHE’S POPULAR IN FRANCE?

Julia Zemiro is backing Tina Arena all the way it seems. Julia let us know that the participating French broadcaster had asked Tina on multiple occasions to represent France, and she declined each time. But now she has the chance to compete for her home country, maybe this will be the point where Tina changes her mind?

Julia is also throwing her support behind former Australian Idol runner-up, Anthony Callea, as well as Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue.

“Anthony Callea I think would just be a great person to go along because he is very tough and you need to be tough to get through that competition. It might even be Kylie Minogue. Maybe she’s put her hat in the ring too, it’s possible but I really just don’t know. It will be up to SBS and the production company Blink TV who gets the gig.”

WHAT OUR TAKE ON THIS IS

Tina Arena and Anthony Callea are two very interesting names. The singers have worked together before and their live vocals are standout. They also both share Italian heritage (both fluent speakers) and grew up incredibly close to each other in the suburbs of Melbourne. They also haven’t produced any huge records in a number of years, but are still very active in the live music scene and both have a huge fan base in Australia, and their performance of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s “The Prayer” is absolutely stunning.

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Mehmet
Mehmet
6 years ago

Talking about Toughness….Is there any mentally tougher Artist than Dami? We all saw how nearly every contestant on Xfactor was either crying or about to commit suicide if they didn’t get thru bootcamp….Dami’s attitude was ” If they like it great, if not, I have my Husband”…Dami has been tough since 11, she used Piano as a way to communicate with fellow students as she wasn’t able to speak English. Behind that quiet, shy sweet looking face lies a brutally competitive young women who does not know the meaning of losing.

Heather
Heather
6 years ago

Anthony Callea all the way. But a duet between Anthony Callea and Tina Arena would also be sensational. I just think they are ‘right’ for Eurovision. And I agree about the toughness.

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Bio Health Smart www.biohealthsmart.com
6 years ago

The entire team at Bio Health Smart is behind Dami. Most beautiful vocals ever heard & from a Health perspective the most soothing & enjoyable.

Victor
Victor
6 years ago

I’ll support any Artist SBS sends to Vienna. I feel though Artists who have already been in the Industry for decades or several years wouldn’t be as captivating, it would be like if America was sending Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars. I’d prefer an Artist who’s clearly shown they are capable of greatness & on the brink of International SuperStar status, fresh & relatively new yet knowing they can perform in front of a huge audience & captivate with sublime & blissful performances. I hope it’s Dami.

martin
6 years ago

i am just dying to know who is going to represent OZ! i really hope Dami ?

Chloe
Chloe
6 years ago

Voting whether it’s the Tele-vote or Country Vote wouldn’t be an issue with Dami performing. Dami like she did on Xfactor will leave you no choice but to vote for Australia cause you feel compelled to vote & an obligation to vote cause her vocals & musical Artistry really stands out from the rest.

:)
:)
6 years ago

I would love to see ‘The Veronicas’ or Dami Im!

Gill
Gill
6 years ago

I think Aus should go for Delta Goodrem or Guy Sebastian. Both are hugely successful down under. Delta used to be big in the UK so she’d do well with UK/Irish voters. I’m not sure about her popularity in the rest of Europe though.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

@Damn. Good point! People very often forget about that. The change of the voting rules has definately lessened the impact of diasporas’ votes. The Polish entry from 2014 is the finest example.

damn
damn
6 years ago

@BritneyHooker – yet the televoting is only 50%. If the Greek entry is shit, they woun’t give them a 12. Look at UK. Plenty of Polish immigrants. 1st place in the televoting, but last with the jury. Hence: 0 points.

fikri
fikri
6 years ago

i’m tired of reading all these speculation about australian entry. they get more coverage than european countries. come on!

just let us know the real entry already.

BritneyHooker
BritneyHooker
6 years ago

Biggest points from Australia will go to Greece and Italy, because we all know how many greeks and italians are living there.

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

If Eurovision these days is all about attracting the “Gay” community’s vote, then Dami is perfect for the role. Dami’s smash Hit “SuperLove” was the chosen song for many of the Gay clubs in Australia & South Africa. Her mentor on the Xfactor Dannii Minogue is also a Gay icon & what people need to realise with Dami is her Music is for all to enjoy & does not discriminate against any views. Dami was interviewed by a Gay radio station, take a listen:-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FChvq0mAQw

Stefan
Stefan
6 years ago

Here’s another consideration, being Italian won’t get favours with Neutral votes, Melbourne has the 2nd largest Greek population in the World, how would they feel having an Italian represent Australia? The only Artist that could & should win the neutral vote is Dami…..her voice connects with all genders, race, faith, age’s & cultures. Being non-European will get the Geo-alliance neutral voters & more importantly Dami’s voice won’t allow them to vote low. Dami will no doubt receive a Standing ovation so the voting Countries wouldn’t want to look incompetent.

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

Am I the only one who is still trying to understand EBU’s desire to have Australia in the competition? What is wrong with the number 39? Is having 39 european too little for Eurovision, an European competition? Tina the australian diva … with a amazing set of pipes … Callea the flamboyant gay singer … would make sense in Eurovision terms though. Been a fan of Tina for such a long time of both her English and French repertoire but for some reason seeing her in the situation makes no sense for me. The same for Callea who I also… Read more »

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

Still backing Vanessa Amorosi or Nikki Webser 🙂

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Mario The Vision of Gay Love - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
6 years ago

Kylie Minogue was very popular in Europe in the 00s especially in her *Can’t Get You Out Of My Head* Golden Era other than the UK & Australia…She is international star indeed…No one can’t deny that..

Silvana
Silvana
6 years ago

Kylie? Besides UK & Aus & to a certain extent US, where else is she successful? Tina? Great vocals, been in industry for decades & popular in Europe…Is she captivating enough or does she truly have vocals to die for? Anthony Callea? Opera singer at Eurovision has never appealed or gone well. Jess Mauboy? Sang last year at Eurovision with mixed reactions, can Australia afford to risk her again? Samantha Jade? Only knows how to sing Pop, restricted vocally. Dami Im? Fresh, popular, captivating, versatile to sing any genre or style, best vocals…..only question mark is can they find the… Read more »

Franco
Franco
6 years ago

Having just an italian surname won’t get them any points. They should at least be also known in Italy.
So, Arena and Callea won’t do.
Send in someone like Natalie Imbruglia or Gabriella Cilmi, instead.

Alice
Alice
6 years ago

Why are we all intent on Sia doing it? I love her, but let’s be honest here, if you’re all saying that Kylie’s too big for Eurovision, so’s Sia. She’s had Grammy nominations in the last year! She never would!

BunnyC
BunnyC
6 years ago

I am Australian and personally I think someone that famous would be not so good and I think they should send someone for more younger audiences like Dami, Sammy or Elen Levon with a song written by Sia

Daxter
Daxter
6 years ago

A song written by Sia and interpreted by Dami would be the best option.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Tina Arena wouldn’t do it since she didn’t do it for France.

Kylie? Please let’s be serious. She’s a worldwide superstar (yes she’s not that relevant anymore) and she doesn’t need to be in a competition. Nothing to prove. Plus, Kylie doesn’t cater for all audiences.

They need to pick a relevant known artist from Australia with a strong mainstream song. Ask Sia to pen the song or send a demo.

Stephanie
6 years ago

Kylie’s way too famous, the show would be all about her and the other 39 countries would be an afterthought. We’ve seen that big-name stars have flopped in the past

Titaniumsparrow
Titaniumsparrow
6 years ago

We have some great vocalists at our disposal so why would Kylie, who has no live appeal at all, even be considered?

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
6 years ago

It’s going to be Hugh Jackson, just watch. He’ll introduce a Broadway-esque number before turning into a ballad then go dance/pop like the final minute of Crisalide or this year’s Serbian entry 🙂

Im joking of course.

Ranting Ruby
Ranting Ruby
6 years ago

Thanks for posting that clip, Josh – bellissima!

Dhani
6 years ago

its kylie I’m sure