It has been confirmed – Australia is back for Eurovision 2016, but this time they’re going to have to compete in a semi in order to make it to the final. Stakes have been raised! Speculation is raging on who Australia will send. We’ve seen various names mentioned – some old favourites, others newcomers. Now’s your chance to weigh in on who should represent Australia for the first time in the semi-finals. Read the profiles, then cast your vote in the wiwi poll!
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.
Anja Nissen won the last series of the Australian TV show The Voice, and she subsequently signed to will.i.am’s record label (he was her coach). With her powerhouse vocals, she could surely bring a win in for Australia!
After coming second in the second series of Australian Idol, Anthony Callea launched a successful career as a recording artist, with five albums and three DVDs to his name. He’s also branched out into the world of musical theatre, and was vocal coach on the series Ultimate School Musical: Fame. His most recent album was a George Michael live tribute album from 2014.
Cody Simpson is an 18-year old singer from the Gold Coast. Cody has a HUGE following on social media, with over 7 million followers on Twitter. His boyish charm and popularity amongst the young ladies (and some boys) would surely translate to Europe.
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”.
Back in 2003, Courtney Act narrowly missed out on making the final 10 of Australian Idol, but she made enough of an impact on the show that she walked away with a record contract. A decade later, she made an even bigger impression on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, coming second-equal. Earlier this year Courtney released the EP Kaleidoscope.
Dami Im, a South-Korean-born Australian singer, won the fifth series of Australian X Factor. She signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia and became a national superstar. Dami is a favourite with wiwibloggs readers – she topped our 2014 poll, with 59% of y’all wanting her for Australia.
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 this year wrote Bella Paige’s JESC entry “My Girls”.
Gabriella Cilmi is a rock-jazz artist from Melbourne. She had huge success in Australia, New Zealand and a lot of Europe with her debut song “Sweet About Me”. Gabriella hasn’t had a charted song since 2010, so a Eurovision-style comeback may be exactly what she needs to get herself back on the music scene.
Conrad Sewell’s younger sister made a name for herself earlier in the year with her attitude-laden remake of “You Don’t Own Me”, which hit No.1 in Australia and charted in New Zealand, Belgium and Slovakia.
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.
Karise Eden, a.k.a. the Australian Janis Joplin won the first season of the Australian version of The Voice. After releasing her first album, she took some time out for the birth of her son, but has moved on to promoting her new album Things I’ve Done.
Kylie & Dannii Minogue
One Minogue sister is good, but two is better. Kylie is the leading pop princess from down under, while her younger sister Dannii has made a name for herself as a talent show judge in both the UK and Australia. But solo Minogues are boring. It’s time for the stakes to be raised. The sisters will be performing together on the final of The X Factor UK – only the second time they’ve publicly duetted. The first time, 30 years ago, shows why they are unstoppable.
Marlisa Punzalan, more commonly known as just Marlisa, won the 2014 series of The X Factor Australia. With Filipino heritage, she’s another Australian star on the rise with some Asian persuasion. Despite only being 15 at the time, she topped our March poll with 45% of the vote. But the good news is she’s now 16 and eligible for Eurovision!
New Zealand-born Ricki-Lee is best known for being a finalist in Australian Idol in 2004, where she was shockingly eliminated in the top-seven episode after being a favourite the entire season. This incident led her to become a successful solo artist, with her song “Can’t Touch It” featuring on the soundtrack to the Sex and the City movie.
Singer Samantha Jade has walked through the fire and come out on top. She was dropped from her original record label, and then looked to Australian talent show The X Factor as her last option. She took out the whole competition, and proceeded to become Australia’s sweetheart.
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 other hits such as “Elastic Heart” and her newest single, “Alive”.
Is there anything Tina Arena can’t do? A showbiz pro since her childhood start in the ’70s, she’s been working solidly and has released 11 studio albums, including two French-language records (she can also sing in Italian and Spanish). Her latest album, Eleven, was released in October.
Recent Australian/South African talent comes in the form of Troye Sivan. Known primarily for being an incredibly popular YouTube celebrity, he is now making a name for himself with his music. His most recent EP Wild charted very well globally, cracking the top five in Australia, the USA, the UK, and Ireland.
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 five in Australia.
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Thanks to Josh Salmon for contributing many of the profiles.