The 14th of September saw the third annual Eurovision workshop take place in Berlin, Germany. A part of the Eurovision Creative Forum, several leading producers from around the world shared tips and ideas on how to create a winning Eurovision entry.
Among the panel was the producer from SBS Australia, Paul Clarke, who suggested that Australia could get back in the game: “For us, Australia was riding on a wave of growing excitement for Eurovision and we wanted to deliver something authentic so we chose a big artist. If we were ever invited again we’d go for an even bigger one – dream big – the show is so big.”
This got us thinking about some big Australian names who could rock the Eurovision stage, and we’ve narrowed it down to ten of our favourites!
This woman obviously needs no introduction, but you’re getting one anyway. Sia is arguably Australia’s most famous singer-songwriter right now. Sia has written songs for the likes of Rihanna, Kesha, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Celine Dion. When Sia released the clip for ‘Chandelier‘ it was OVER. The song was an immediate success, with assistance from Dance Moms star, Maddie Ziegler. Sia then followed up with another smash hits such as ‘Elastic Heart‘, ‘Fire Meet Gasoline’, and her newest single ‘Alive’.
2. Iggy Azalea
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea moved to the United States at 16 to try and make it big. Eight years on, she has made that dream a reality. She has reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and has collaborated with the likes of Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Rita Ora. I.G.G.Y has also been nominated for Grammy’s, VMA’s, Teen Choice Awards and American Music Awards. She so fancy.
3. 5 Seconds of Summer
One of Australia’s most popular artists right now, 5 Seconds of Summer, or more affectionately known as 5SOS, have had charting success in Australia, the US and most of western Europe. The boys from Sydney have had more than 300 million views and over 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube.
4. Kylie Minogue
Another huge Australian name, Kylie Minogue is the leading pop princess from down under, stemming from her appearance in Australian soap ‘Neighbours’ in the 1980’s. Her music career catapulted into major success in the Australian, European and American markets and is still one of the most successful musical exports for Australia of all time.
5. Savage Garden
Savage Garden was a pop-duo made up of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones. The pair only released two albums, both of huge success in Australia, the USA, Japan, New Zealand and a large portion of Europe. They had many hit singles around the world, one of which being ‘I Knew I Loved You’ from 1999. The pair officially split in 2005. A little Eurovision reunion could be a very popular and wise career move for the two of them.
6. Troye Sivan
Recent Australian/South African talent comes in the form of Troye Sivan. Known primarily for being an incredibly popular YouTube celebrity, he has also written, produced and sang vocal on many of his own songs. His most recent album ‘Wild’ charted very well globally, cracking the Top 5 in Australia, the USA, the UK, and Ireland.
7. The Veronicas
The Veronicas are a set of twins from Brisbane. Their actual names are Lisa and Jess Origliasso. Their debut album ‘The Secret Life of…’ had success in Australia and throughout Europe and the US. All 12 singles they have released have reached the Top 50 in Australia. Their most recent singles, ‘You Ruin Me‘ and ‘If You Love Someone’ have reached the Top 5 in Australia.
8. Delta Goodrem
Delta Goodrem started out as the girl next door on ‘Neighbours’ back in 2002, but has transformed into a Diva Down Under with her powerhouse vocals and flawless piano skills. Delta is one of Australia’s best-known vocalists and has been a coach on the Australian versions of The Voice and The Voice Kids. And her newest single ‘Wings’ SLAYS THE PACK.
9. Conrad Sewell
Another newcomer to the Australian music scene, Conrad Sewell has already seen local and international success, primarily in the form of his collaboration with Norwegian DJ Kygo on the track ‘Firestone’ and his own single ‘Start Again’.
10. Olivia Newton John
Arguably one of the most iconic Australian entertainers of all time, former Eurovision participant Olivia Newton John could bring the house down in Stockholm. A seasoned veteran, she has done a substantial amount of work for the arts community in Australia, as well as opening a support centre for cancer sufferers and survivors in Melbourne. Long live love, and long live Olivia!
You can check out our Australia Eurovision wishlist (filmed ahead of Guy Sebastian’s big reveal last year) below.