Early on Thursday morning, Australian broadcaster SBS made the big announcement everyone was waiting to hear – Guy Sebastian would be representing Australia in Vienna. Australian media rushed to cover the big news, with more than a few opinions expressed. Let’s see what the Aussies have been saying.
SBS also have this profile of Guy, from his early days on Australian Idol to his recent successes.
Youth radio Triple J came up with a list of nine acts they think would have been a better choice than Guy.
But Guy ain’t having none of this criticism. The Daily Mail notes that while there has been some backlash, Guy has a good role model for dealing with the pressures: “To quote the very brilliant Taylor Swift: ‘Haters gonna hate, hate, hate.’ There are way too many positives.”
The Sydney Morning Herald covered the announcement, and noted that Guy has performed for “Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Elizabeth II and Oprah Winfrey”. They also have a profile on Guy, and mention that while he performed disappointingly at World Idol in 2003, he is so over that. Guy is quoted as saying “I’ve choked on big stages earlier on in my career and I think [improvement] is just what experience does.”
And if you want more on Guy’s experience at World Idol, there’s also a look back at that classic 2000s television event. The SMH wonders if we can expect to see similar voting patterns this time around. (For the record, at World Idol Guy received points from the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, the UK, Norway and Germany).
The Guardian also covered the news, including a link to its two-star review of Guy’s latest record, Madness – the album that Guy has suggested his Eurovision entry will be taken from. The Guardian say he’s too nice to make the album’s attempts at bad-boy pop work. Ouch!
On a similar theme, the ABC’s The Drum music show has an opinion piece where they also reckon Guy is just too nice to represent Australia – even going so far as to claim that the UK sending the Hump was more interesting. ABC News talked to Guy about his song choice and got his theories about why Australians are so fired up over Eurovision. And in his typically understated style, Guy says, “If I win, I get a glass trophy and a lot of high fives.”
And finally, Guy himself shared this pic on Facebook. Well, that’s the costume sorted.
That was Australia’s take on it. What do you think of Guy Sebastian being chosen as Australia’s very first official Eurovision singer? Share your comments below.