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.

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.

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Malcom?
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Malcom?

Europeans
It’s carefree kill people bombed Syria
Well which it will downlink damnation.
Childish stupid stinking dub song just
And ugly Complete Series

?You are the shame of the world
Writing white Delete you do not like to own

If the collapse of the German economy
It is no longer a music festival far from

Malcom?
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Malcom?

Sorry to say
Australia is poor culture and
too many koreans and chinaieses
They are hated everywhere!
Eurovision song contest,This year horrble
so, Many pepole Boyocott
Only ugly Korean singer.
Good luck
Mabey 2017, Eurovision is finishing
Because, EU economy MUST?Crush

You european will many toubles
Maybe Wars!!

Have?a Nice Trip to Hell

Tom
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Tom

Sorry WiWi hope you guys do well and have a blast at EuroVision, but the level of insanity here seems to ramping up…. Malcom? you need help man.

and goodbye.

Malcom?
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Malcom?

South Koreais trying to destroy. the traditional music festival of European now This is not only gave a lot of anger and antipathy to South Korea It was the bashing of the inconsiderate Australian beauty singer Will increasingly lean antipathy many standing Australian Korean Assault to the Koreans in Australia is so while it to increase But it looks rust out of the body. This flow will spread all over the world. Koreans from all of the Film Festival Music Festival It is time to begin to pinch. Australia is not a former Australia Many Chinese and Korean have been… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

Ok, Dami has been quite busy lately, so I’m not sure why some seem to think she hasn’t been performing, lets look shall we, here’s just a few events: like Chinese New Year representing AU https://www.facebook.com/damijazz/videos/986642658077055/ or singing on the Korean TV show King of the Mask Singer, with this absolutely beautiful number: https://www.facebook.com/damijazz/videos/935470059860982/ and lastly doing one of her many many concerts for various organisations and charities: https://vimeo.com/141811033 some peeps don’t want AU there fine, your opinion has been noted… but this young women is extremely good.

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HendrikT

If there’s any Aussies wading around here (some might have been scared off by the anti-Oz hate around here), you’ll know that Dami SLAYED on the X Factor. Standing ovations at every performance with a voice sharp and powerful, conveying so much intense emotion in each word; only once did not all 4 judges return such a glowing reception. Although some might argue that her discography has gone somewhat downhill since her win (to such lows that she once had to promote her single Smile on children’s TV channel ABC3). After all, that one week without that perfect standing ovation… Read more »

Criticca
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Criticca

@John Christian maybe SBS wanted Delta originally(she was bookies fav after all). They probably gave her a deadline to accept the invitation to ESC till last week in which she declined which is why they contacted Dami Im instead so I don’t think its really Conchita’s fault. Goodrem just didn’t want it….

Martin
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Martin

well, dami still shocked i believe.. she is so cute,,,just saying thanks because she is so humble and thankful for this opportunity ,we need support her! and she is going be great

John Christian
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John Christian

Dami Im has failed to comply and repudiate her participation. If I am Conchita Wurst, I would back Delta Goodrem. But Conchita Wurst backing and announcing Dami Im as the Australian entry is a pathetic mistake.

Jayden
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Jayden

I just love Dami Im and Conchita. They’re incredible. So looking forward to this OZ’s entry

Shijie Yu
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Shijie Yu

@MGR
Dami was bron in Korean which is a typical eastern country. I think ESC is going to be more and more diverse rather than being dominated by a certain genre of music or a certain area.

MGR
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MGR

West dominates ESC from several years and this domination will be even stronger this year in Stockholm, because new rules + Australia in this contest are next strengths for west.