She’s simultaneously finishing an album, planning a national tour and preparing for Eurovision 2016. But amid all of that Australia’s Dami Im is staying cool and oozing the charm that helped steer her to victory on X Factor. The Korean-born beauty recently caught up with wiwiblogger Josh to talk about everything Eurovision. From her song “Sound of Silence” to her almighty #damiarmy, she radiates enthusiasm and joy. We dare you not to fall in love!

DAMI IM – “SOUND OF SILENCE” (AUSTRALIA)

It’s great to finally be chatting with you, Dami! Could you tell us a little bit more about your Eurovision entry “Sound of Silence”?

“Sound of Silence” is a song written by my friends DNA, who wrote my first single “Alive”. It’s a ballad, obviously, and it’s about feeling the distance between you and your loved one and trying to feel the love through face time. It’s also about everyone being so connected in today’s society, but in reality feeling so isolated. It’s got a double meaning to it.

It’s interesting that you mentioned the face time lyric. There was obviously a little bit of controversy around that particular line in your song. Did you feel any added pressure during that period?

When the articles starting popping up online about the lyric, I was a bit surprised. I never thought it would be a problem. I did get a little nervous but I thought that if it was that much of a problem we can just change that word. Then the EBU came up and said there was no problem so that was a relief! I never thought of the face time lyric being an issue because I use a Samsung phone.

Earlier you mentioned the song being about your relationship with your partner. All through your X-Factor Australia journey, the country fell in love with you and your husband, Noah. Will he be joining you in Stockholm?

Definitely! He wasn’t going to miss this. He’s managed to get some time off work. He told his boss and his boss said yes. You kind of want to be sharing this moment with your loved one. To have Noah with me will be amazing and we can talk about the whole experience together.

Australia, Dami Im, 9You have a lot on your plate at the moment with Eurovision, your new album “Classic Carpenters” and your national tour. Do you find prioritising all of these big events difficult?

Physically it’s getting a bit difficult because there’s so much on and I’ve got to be doing all of these promos for Eurovision and the album. I have to get the album done before I leave for Stockholm because I won’t be in Australia when the album is released. There is a lot on at the moment and physically it is challenging. It’s a great thing when an artist has a lot of stuff going on. It means that my career is going well and everyone is liking my music, so I’m quite happy.

On the topic of people liking your music — your Dami Army are potentially the most loyal fan base we’ve ever come across. How does it feel having their support as well?

I’m really lucky and it’s good to hear from wiwibloggs that you recognise they are the most loyal fans that any artist could have. I’m so lucky to have these guys constantly pushing for me, and they’re not just like normal fans. They really love my music and they want to see me performing, but they want me to be happy and want the best for me. They’re like a really good family to me, in a way.

Dami Im Tour

Your film clip for “Sound of Silence” is amazing. How did that process go for you?

It’s probably the most artistic film clip that I’ve done. We’re not trying to tell a story in the video, but there are metaphors. We’re trying to subtlety convey the message of the song. I’ve never seen so much smoke in my life. We filmed from early in the morning until midnight trying to get the scene where there’s smoke everywhere. I breathed in a lot of smoke that day. It was a fun process and by the time we got to the end of the night, we had security asking us to turn the music down. I’m happy with the final product. I think they did a great job, and the dancer was amazing.

Will the dancer be joining you on stage in Stockholm?

He’s not joining me in Stockholm. The performance will be completely different to the video. The production is still getting prepared, but all of our ideas are getting finalised now and are coming together. There’s a lot of things to think about with the content on the screens and movements and costumes. It’s a lot of ideas coming together at the moment. We’re trying to create something unique, not something that seems like we’re copying something else. It’s a big stage in a big arena with lots of audience members in the room. I want a one-on-one connection with the audience. I want a sense of intimacy on the stage.

The bookmakers have you as a favourite to win the contest this year. Does that add any pressure for you?

I think it’s awesome and amazing to see me being up the top of the list. For people to be betting their money on me is very flattering. There’s 43 countries this year and to be so high feels great. Now I have to follow it up with an epic performance. If I start thinking about it, it does add some pressure. To be representing your own country is a big deal and you want to do the best.

Dami Im

You’re obviously aware of how many countries have entered this years contest. Have you had a chance to listen to any of the other entries, and if so, do you have any favourites?

We’ve had a chance to have a look at most of the entries now. My favourite at the moment is Spain with “Say Yay!”. I love the song and the film clip is amazing. I would vote for Spain. I also like Hovi Star from Israel because I love a good emotional ballad. And of course, Russia. Everybody seems to love Russia. I think the video is really epic and it’s got everything in it. I wonder if Russia will try to replicate the music video on stage?

And finally, do you have a message for your fans at wiwibloggs.com?

Thank you to everybody who has shown their support, especially my Dami Army. I hope to make Australia proud and show everyone what I have to offer. And thanks to wiwibloggs as well. My fans are always messaging me every time you post about me, so thanks for everything!

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stephen podesta
stephen podesta
5 years ago

there are a lot of haters on this site because they know that “sound of silence” is a great song and that is coming from her fans the Dami army of which I am one from the beginning. I have met Dami im on several occasions and she is the most humble and lovely person I have ever met. At no time when asked questions has she ever been cocky about winning, she has never ever said she was better than anyone else or any other song, Dami im has the most kindest personality in a person. Dami like all… Read more »

Benny1962
Benny1962
5 years ago

So talented she can win this year

Wendy00
Wendy00
5 years ago

The awesome thing is Australia is here to stay & will participate for years to come 🙂

Daniel Martins
Daniel Martins
5 years ago

It would be awesome to hear that Australia won’t be participating in this contest anymore …

Panda
Panda
5 years ago

@Azotman If you’ve read the article you would have understood the #damiarmy referring to fans “On the topic of people liking your music — your Dami Army are potentially the most loyal fan base we’ve ever come across. How does it feel having their support as well?”

For me it’s great to be inclusive, if Australia wins, kudos to them. Having Australia actually participating in Eurovision actually lifted the game up. They are actually sending decent artists and songs.

Per
Per
5 years ago

This song is awful. And she cant sing.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@Brucewayne7

well okay thank you and i’ll try not to compare them anymore, to be honest i just want respect for every country participating

I’ll respect your favourites and everyone’s favourites

well thank you for your opinion, i appreciate that and this is very helpful for me 🙂

Azotman
Azotman
5 years ago

@TIMO Thank you for explanation. I didn’t know (San Marino) that the fans created this name. It just sounds weird. They could have found another name that rythmes : “les amis de Dami”… Regarding the fact she is not advertising for telephone, it is not clear for me from the song or her answer. @Panda Actually, I read the article since I referred to her Army (last section) and the telephone brand (second question) and I also mentionned love in my comment. No I am not trolling, trolls come from scandinavian mythology. For me, Australia shouldn’t be invited two consecutive… Read more »

Panda
Panda
5 years ago

@Azotman either you haven’t read the article, or you’re just trolling. Spread love not hate

Brucewayne7
Brucewayne7
5 years ago

*Correction*
‘contestants’ not ‘contests’.

Brucewayne7
Brucewayne7
5 years ago

@Nicky 91 Of course everybody supports their favourites just like you have shown your love & devotion for Malta in almost every forum. But what makes you different to most of us is that you start off expressing your negative thoughts about other contests then go on by comparing them to Ira. Sometimes u randomly ask for feedback on Malta’s song or brag on about Ira’s perfect looks & personality. Instead of promoting Ira you have become quite well known yourself. You have made it clear that nobody will be better than her in your eyes & mind. Even if… Read more »

LucasDerek
LucasDerek
5 years ago

@TIMO- When asked what her favourite songs in the contest are? she replied Spain, Israel & Russia. What on earth are u trying to say in your comment??? Your response as a result of her top choices is pathetic. Why is she pretending & being fake? You said that she has fear hidden inside. Every singer has their fears & nerves & they are mostly hidden so what is wrong with that? Also every single takes advantage of this lifetime opportunity to promote/advertise their song, career, album or country whatever it is. Of course they are not gonna admit they… Read more »

Goodnightmoon
Goodnightmoon
5 years ago

TIMO

You are a very sad hater.

Her favourite song is Span, GET OVER IT. lol.

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
5 years ago

Oh and while other contestand are threats to her she said spain is her favourite because she thought ok barei song say yay yay yay kalalal won’t win Israel entry is slow and not a winner and Russia is dated e.g. male version of Helena Paparizou therefore demi has no fear of saying these are her favourite while trying to hide true fear inside her while trying to promote her album would be only interesting for her while pretending to be sweet angel for representing Australia she gets paid

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
5 years ago

She said her favourite she is rather like fans and viewers not contestant, when they asked Francesca if she has favourite she stopped to think for few second and she said she doesn’t have favourite because the songs are different and hard to pick favourite now that is very good answere because contestant shouldn’t go any further than what they work on while trying to represent their country with the song that is their actual favourite and focus on that only to bring the best to represent their country honestly. Amir sang barei song dami is saying her favourite is… Read more »

NL
NL
5 years ago

Winner! With the right performance we’ll be heading to ?……? next year!

Does the country that becomes 2nd host the contest if Australia wins or Germany?
If its the first then i hope its gonna be Malta 2017!

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@Diane

of course, and i respect you for liking Dami, and I Like Ira the same way you and many others like Dami, so we’re a bit the same supportive of our favourites 🙂

and can we be friends on this blog? 🙂

Diane
Diane
5 years ago

@Nicky91 I don’t see the point where she is overconfident about winning the whole thing. Just take a look at her quote: “I think it’s awesome and amazing to see me being up the top of the list. Now I have to follow it up with an epic performance. If I start thinking about it, it does add some pressure. To be representing your own country is a big deal and you want to do the best” If she is very arrogant and being overconfident about winning, why she thought her betting odds would give her more pressure if she… Read more »

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@www.Damiarmyworld.com

i’m sorry and i believe you as you’re a fan of her 🙂

www.damiarmyworld.com
5 years ago

Any person who claims Dami is arrogant & cocky must be a total fool with no knowledge whatsoever of what they’re talking about. No need to go into details but to say Dami is the most humble, down to Earth, caring humanitarian on this planet, there are plenty of references & sources online to validate my claims so before you make foolish comments, if you don’t know the facts don’t comment at all….

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
5 years ago

I’ve been wondering who this Edd was. His reviews have been completely loopy. Now we have another silly review in the clip.
How about this? If Dami qualifies for the final, Edd is booted off the jury. Goodbye, Edd.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@DannyJones08

thank you, and also good luck to your favourites

@Vassiliki

you’re welcome, mate, also good luck to your country and your favourites 🙂

Vassiliki
5 years ago

Nicky91, I would like to thank you for your respectful answer and the positive vibe that came through in your message. It’s important to have an open mind about matters.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@Diane okay i’m sorry i just meant to say, you should not say before the contest that you’re confident about winning, like Jamala also said my top 43 1. Poland 2. Croatia 3. Italy 4. Spain 5. Malta 6. Armenia 7. Czech Republic 8. Australia 9. Bulgaria 10. Cyprus 11. Ukraine 12. Hungary 13. Switzerland 14. Netherlands 15. Serbia 16. Sweden 17. Latvia 18. Georgia 19. Azerbaijan 20. Greece 21. Israel 22. Iceland 23. France 24. Russia 25. Germany 26. Romania 27. UK 28. Norway 29. Finland 30. Austria 31. San Marino 32. Bosnia&Herzegovina 33. Estonia 34. Macedonia 35. Ireland… Read more »

Diane
Diane
5 years ago

Yeah you can say “She is cocky and arrogant” but as you can read above, she definitely paid attention to her fans and realize what they have done to her. I don’t think that’s “cocky and arrogant”. But I do agree though, I’m not into her song, I think it’s kinda *sorry to say* average. But her voice and interpretation really suit the song. And there is something in her voice that could lift this song up several notches. If this song wasn’t sung by Dami, maybe it will be just meh. But because she sings it, it could easily… Read more »

Leo
Leo
5 years ago

I love her ! The girls are gonna slay this year !

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@Vassiliki well no i’ve got more than 1 favourite this year, i also think Poli is an amazing performer, and deserves to go through to the final and Nina as well, also a good live singer and performer Czech Republic’s Gabriela, i’m quite a fan of her voice as well, 22 years old and a voice like that, that’s awesome, that voice control at a young age 🙂 and only negative about Ira, i hated Chameleon, it was awful, it sounded like crap like Warrior last year, i wanted Amber to do a song change as well, which was within… Read more »

Vassiliki
5 years ago

Nicky91, I’ve been reading these forums regularly over the last few weeks and have noticed how you’ve got Ira on a high pedestal but are quick to pass your critical judgement of other participants such as Dami. Your attempt to ‘corrupt’ people’s minds is not working. Please give it a rest.

R
R
5 years ago

Keep slaying Dami, and bring that Eurovision crown home. 🙂

#teamaus

Ewan
Ewan
5 years ago

*Dami not Damien thanks autocorrect

Ewan
Ewan
5 years ago

How is that cocky at all? She’s just happy that people like her song enough to consider it a favourite. Nowhere has she said ‘i will win this no doubt’ or ‘i think my song is the best’ or tried to bring down/have drama with another act which is true diva behaviour ala Mariah Carey. In fact Damien doesn’t even say anything about winning here so I don’t even know how you’ve managed to clutch at straws in the first place. And it’s a song contest for a reason, why wouldn’t people care about being able to win anyway? Yes… Read more »

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

@Nicky91 I don’t think you read the interview at all, Dami is one of the most genuine and down to earth people you will meet. And funny comparing her to Ira #irony

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@PaulH

that’s coming over as cocky and arrogant in my opinion

that’s why i like Ira Losco from Malta, staying down to earth, and she gave some advice to all acts that they should enjoy the song contest experience 🙂

PaulH
PaulH
5 years ago

Well the song is really good and Dami is such an awesome singer, so Australia is lucky to have such a powerful combination representing them! And Dami seems to have her sights on winning this competition as she has done before

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

that’s the wrong attitude for me Dami, it’s like how a diva would respond

hasa
hasa
5 years ago

Could Dami do a cover of “Slow Down” or “Heartbeat”, please? 🙂

ms
ms
5 years ago

I think the song is not so good for her voice!

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

It looks like there will be a cat fight between Australia, Czechia and Croatia! Can’t wait!

Random.sage2.5
Random.sage2.5
5 years ago

Of course she uses a Samsung. She’s KOREAN!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eif5_jNtwYw

gem
gem
5 years ago

thanks Josh. that’s was a good interview.. #dami4euro #DamiArmy

oooops
oooops
5 years ago

Skandar, and then Australia<Serbia

Manu
Manu
5 years ago

Thanks for your kind words Dami Im. In fact I always thought our entry has a bit of oriental flavor. Maybe we should’ve entered in Asiavision this year. No, just kidding. 😀

I hope you’ll receive a good amount of points from Spain.

Andrey (from Russia)
Andrey (from Russia)
5 years ago

@Cutie
it’s obviously a favourite because of the flag, not the song.

Yes, many people love kangaroos, so they will vote for Australia. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

@Jan – Agreed. Dami Im is a lot more interesting than her song but then again, so was Mans last year, right?

Cutie
Cutie
5 years ago

The songs honestly not that interesting, it’s nice in its genre but it’s obviously a favourite because of the flag, not the song. I like Dami and her voice but I just wish she came with something more uptempo.

Skandar
Skandar
5 years ago

@Jan Agreed. Czechia > Australia in the competition of big diva ballads.

Andy
Andy
5 years ago

dami it’s so nice, i am so happy for her!

stephen podesta
stephen podesta
5 years ago

Dami im “sound of silence is very popular and is now the 2nd-3rd most watched on you tube, this obviously does not mean it going to win, but all the energy seems to be behind it. It can win and will do very well. Damis vocal is amazing and Dami on stage will turn many heads, everyone should relate to its verses about separation even in this world of Immediate communication. Dami will do Justice to this wonderful song. Cant wait.

Panda
Panda
5 years ago

I suggest that the song is favourable, which is evident from number of “Likes” to “Dislike” ratio with the official Sound of Silence video on Youtube

Pollaski
Pollaski
5 years ago

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/78/7838ef6f-5456-4819-b088-227a32b53c46_1000.jpg

Here’s a bucket for all the favoritism/not European/face time puppets to weep into. I’ll be drinking the tears with my breakfast tomorrow.