On March 3, Australia unveiled Dami Im as their Eurovision 2016 representative. The announcement was made at the Sydney Opera House as part of Conchita Wurst’s special From Vienna With Love concert. Dami performed ABBA’s “Waterloo” before Conchita closed the show with another Eurovision winner — “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
We were on the scene and afterwards just had to cosy up to the stars at the SBS after party. Both ladies were present and, after sipping on some sweet champagne, discussed the exciting events of the evening. Dami made it clear how thankful she is for the opportunity and how she is absolutely honoured to represent Australia. She was also humbled by the kind words thrown her way by Eurovision winner Conchita. “I think I’ve gained some of the winner’s energy from Conchita,” she said, clearly excited for the road ahead.
Conchita also spoke at the after party, thanking her amazing guest performers — Trevor Ashley, Courtney Act, Paul Capsis and Australia’s 2015 representative, Guy Sebastian — before speaking about Dami and adding, “I’m so happy I don’t have to be in a song contest with you!”
Some of the stars hung around afterwards to meet with fans. The Queen of Austria and Australia’s next hopeful shared a moment together.
Last night our @ant_shok attended the #sbseurovision after party with @conchitawurst and Australia's #Eurovision 2016 act @damiim. As you can see the room was HEAVING as the good and the great of Sydney sought to get close to these two gorgeous ladies. They were full of enthusiasm (and Dami was ROCKING her silver earrings). You can listen to their speeches on Wiwi.tv. Just click on the videos tab! #damiim #conchitawurst
Conchita was in fine form with drink in hand, meeting fans until the late hours of the night. She will remain in Australia until Sunday and will headline the annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday night.