Some exciting news has just come out of the land down under, y’all! During the annual Carols by Candlelight festivities on Christmas Eve, Channel 9, the brains behind The Voice Australia, revealed that Delta Goodrem — a favourite to represent the Aussies at Eurovision 2016 — will once again serve on the judging panel.
The lineup for The Voice tends to change every year in Australia. In the past we’ve had the likes of Seal, Keith Urban, Will.I.Am and Kylie Minogue grace the big red chairs. In 2016 we will see a return from Joel and Benji Madden from the band Good Charlotte and Jessie J, as well as a debut from Eurovision 1997 host and Irish sweetheart, Ronan Keating.
But it’s Delta who is fueling the most hype and the team at wiwibloggs is 100% getting behind #TeamDelta in 2016. It’s not just because we love her, but also because the rumours swirling about her potential Eurovision run still seem plausible. The blind auditions for The Voice have already been filmed and it’s expected that the live shows won’t start until July. In theory that gives Delta plenty of free time to promote her hypothetical Eurovision entry and to compete in Stockholm.
The news follows a busy few months. Delta recently got behind Australia’s Junior Eurovision 2015 entrant Bella Paige and co-wrote Bella’s song “My Girls“. Delta has also released the successful single “Wings” and wrapped up her first ever lead in a musical, playing the coveted role of Grizabella in Cats. We hope that her successes at home inspire her to take her talents abroad….to Stockholm.
SBS is Australia’s multicultural station, it is quite literally the reason it exists – to represent minority language and culture, within the Australian community. Tina Arena would be fantastic and meet the purview entirely, but Delta wouldn’t. It’s certainly not the only factor, but it is a key one – hence why the people who have been involved for Australia so far are commentators Julia Zemiro (French-Australian background) , Sam Pang (Chinese-Australian); Jessica Mauboy (Aboriginal and Indonesian background); Guy Sebastian (Take your pick of Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Indian, Portuguese, and English background); JESC’s Bella Paige (Macedonian-Australian), and vote presenter Lee… Read more »
Even Delta admits that she’s polarising – seriously, most Australian Eurovision fans can’t stand her! She’s just too damn perfect and adorable … I floated the idea of having her represent us last year on our Aussie Fan site, and got a universal “Yeuch!”
@Hugh: Apart from the Australian interpretation of “returning”, which for me is pure bs (the show can always return, but the judges after having being there the previous season? Honey in English “return” in one verb that does not shift meaning regardless the English speaking country you’re from) .. but anyway, I have a hard time believing if having a blonde girl who only speaks English is a SBS earth-shattering issue or your own personal issue against Delta herself. I mean .. how multicultural it is to have a Russian singer who needs an English translator because he or she… Read more »
@charles in (Australian) English, it’s entirely reasonable to use ‘returning’ when someone is continuing involvement with something that is not constant – ie, Serbia are returning to Eurovision next year could mean that they are returning after an absence of years, or an absence since last May. As far as Delta being the rep goes… we could do a lot worse, I just think we could do better, too. I’m also a bit skeptical that SBS would go for her; they’re more likely to go with Tina Arena, or Jessica Mauboy, or basically any singer that better fits their multicultural… Read more »
Ermm … she is not returning, she was there last season which means she’s staying for another season … didn’t really quite get the excitement on something that is not true … Everybody saw the debacle between her and Jessie J … so where is the “coming back” in the middle of all this? It would be a come back had she not been there last season … that would make sense. At least I am happy people here are backing a truly honest talented big voice singer and not another novelty act or joke (hello Russian grannies!), maybe we’re… Read more »
i was getting soo excited when the screen was loading thinking she had been announced to repersent australia in eurovision .. would be an amazing xmas suprise ..