There’s no sound of silence down in Australia right now. That’s because their newly crowned Queen of Eurovision Dami Im has just returned back home to Brisbane — and to plenty of cheers, flashing cameras and applause.
After winning the jury vote and receiving second place overall at Eurovision 2016 with her song “Sound of Silence”, Dami finds herself at the centre of an Australian media storm – with major television networks battling each other for exclusive interviews and performances. Like a side of spicy kimchi, Dami is hot and in demand!
INTERVIEW: DAMI IM AT EUROVISION 2016
Dami hung around Stockholm following Eurovision to take advantage of the country’s brilliant songwriters and to create some new music.
And as she did her thing in Sweden, Australians were brimming with excitement as they waited for her return. Dami, who many viewed as just “another talent show winner” prior to Eurovision, is now seen as a national hero. It’s no wonder the media are prepared to fight for a piece of Dami.
INTERVIEW: DAMI IM SPEAKS TO “THE PROJECT” ON NETWORK TEN
In Dami’s first interview back in Australia, the panel on Network Ten’s “The Project” were quick to talk about the controversies surrounding the victory of Ukraine. Among them was the suggestion that the winning song “1944” had been performed several years ago, thereby breeching the rules of the contest.
Dami channeled Miss Universe in her answer. Diplomatic and sincere, she explained that she had such a great time in Stockholm and that “you have to accept what the umpire says”.
The following morning saw a small media war take place over Dami. news.com.au reported that leading breakfast television shows “Sunrise” on Channel Seven and “Today” on Channel Nine both aired “exclusive” pre-recorded interviews with Dami at the same time and both claim they will be present at Dami’s homecoming celebrations at her hometown of Logan in Queensland next week.
Channel Nine is listed as an official sponsor of the homecoming celebrations – suggesting that the “Sunrise” team might be gatecrashing the party.
INTERVIEW: DAMI IM ON “SUNRISE” ON CHANNEL SEVEN
In an interview with Channel Seven’s “Sunrise” — one of the biggest breakfast television shows in Australia — Dami compared her feelings of pride for representing her country to the famous Australian athlete Cathy Freeman at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Dami again brushed off claims that she should’ve won over Jamala from Ukraine, saying that “it’s in the Australian spirit to be good sports”.
Everything post-Eurovision is coming up roses for Dami. Several dates in her “Yesterday Once More” tour are starting to sell out and “Sound of Silence” is still charting well in Australia and Europe. We can’t wait to see what this Asian Sensation serves up next!