She’s already won The X Factor, topped the Australian charts and competed at the ABU TV Song Festival in Macau.
And now 27-year-old Dami Im is headed to Eurovision 2016, after SBS finally confirmed her participation at a glamorous reveal at the iconic Sydney Opera House on Thursday.
Her song will be revealed by March 11.
Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst announced that the South-Korean-born beauty would participate for the land down under during her show From Vienna With Love with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
“I am so thrilled and honoured to be representing Australia at Eurovision this year in Stockholm,” Dami said. “I am really excited to be following in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy who have both graced the Eurovision stage before me.”
“I truly believe that the Australian public and Eurovision fans around the world are going to love the song I will be performing in Sweden. I cannot wait to showcase it to the world and represent Australia to the best of my ability!”
If you’re a Eurovision fan then you probably already saw @conchitawurst and @guysebastian wish #damiim luck as they announced her as Australia’s next Eurovision star! Full story on @wiwibloggs dot com. “She won The X Factor, topped the Australian charts and competed at the ABU TV Song Festival in Macau. And now 27-year-old @damiim is headed to #Eurovision 2016, after SBS finally confirmed her participation at a glamorous reveal at the iconic Sydney Opera House on Thursday. Her song will be revealed by March 11.” #sydneymardigras
Dami had long been a favourite to represent Australia, but until yesterday Delta Goodrem seemed like the likely choice. Fan after fan cited “sources close to SBS” who reportedly claimed Delta was on her way to Stockholm. But after Delta denied her involvement and Australian media named Dami as SBS’s pick, all eyes turned to the 2013 winner of The X Factor Australia.
All about Dami Im
Dami has been on our radar since 2014, when she won our very first poll asking who should represent Australia were they to ever compete at Eurovision. She continued to be a fan favourite, again winning our most recent poll on Australia’s act for 2016.
Dami got her big break on series five of The X Factor Australia in 2013. Week after week, Dami wowed the judges and audience with her killer vocals, and harnessed her quirky style for some truly show-stopping performances.
She’s since had a series of hit singles in Australia, including “Alive”, “Gladiator” and “Super Love”. In 2014 represented Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in Macau, China — essentially a less glamorous, non-competitive Asia-Pacific version of Eurovision.
Dami’s loyal fans — the Dami Army — have long been calling out for their idol to represent Australia at Eurovision and it looks like they got their wish!
What do you think? Can Dami Im beat Guy Sebastian’s record from last year? Let us know in the comments below!