The Veronicas eurovision 2017 australia

Australia’s participation at the Eurovision Song Contest has been one of great success — and controversy. As many Euro-fans the world over continue to voice their distaste for the completely non-European nation’s participation in a largely European event, Australia just puts on their shades to reflect the haters away. After all, in 2015 and 2016 the singers from Down Under finished near the top… 

The rumour pot is boiling as to whether or not the country that claimed second place at Eurovision 2016 is due to make a return next year in Kyiv. News of the EBU’s recent rule change paving the way for Associate Members to participate only added fuel to the fire.

One act that has been vocal about their willingness to represent Australia at Eurovision is The Veronicas. The team at wiwibloggs have endorsed the twins from Brisbane since 2015, and it seems like the girls might be dropping a couple of hints themselves now that participating countries are welcome to submit entries for next year.

This week, The Veronicas released their second single of the year titled “On Your Side”. We ask that you take a listen to the song before we justify why this would be perfect for Eurovision 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_zeHNOy5Vk

1. IT’S A RADIO FRIENDLY POP SONG

The most appealing thing about “On Your Side” it that it oozes the radio-friendly pop sound that has dominated charts globally over the past eighteen months. Utilising a slow piano melody in the beginning and building to a Caribbean vibe, it fits with ongoing pop trends, as seen with Sia, Justin Bieber, and The Chainsmokers.

The lyrics are also very “Love Love Peace Peace” without being overly cheesy (Hey Polina!). Using words to insinuate unity, love and equality such as “even if you believe it, through all the hard times, I’m on your side”. Beautiful!

2. IT’S LESS THAN THREE MINUTES LONG

A key criteria in a Eurovision entry is that the song and performance cannot exceed a grand total of three minutes. With the song coming in at a neat 2:51, that leaves a whole nine seconds to build up some dramatic staging or, if you’re Douwe Bob from The Netherlands, a silent pause to wink at the camera, causing global flooding of basements. #moist.

3. THE VERONICAS ARE AN EXPERIENCED ACT

Catapulting themselves onto the Australian pop music scene in 2005 with their hit “4ever”, they have had great success with all of their singles and albums, some of which have charted throughout Europe and the USA.

They also earned their stripes without coming through the televised singing competition route, which would mark a shift for Australia at Eurovision.

Their most recent single “In My Blood” has become one of their most successful hits in Australia, going platinum and being nominated for three ARIA Awards in 2016. It shows their continuing momentum, which will be hard to slow down.

What do you think of The Veronicas at Eurovision 2017? Do you think “On Your Side” is an appropriate entry for Australia? Let us know in the comments below!

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This song has already been released internationally according to wikipedia.

Worldwide 14 October 2016 Digital download Sony Music [6]
Australia 4 November 2016 CD single [7]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Your_Side_(The_Veronicas_song)#Release_history

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@ct_greece You should see me when there’s not a profanity filter. Its the internet, son. Little jibes help spice things up. Don’t take it personally. You want a stone-faced academic debate, go to a science convention or something. But since apparently your eyes well up with tears everytime you read one of these jibes, rendering you unable to read the rest of the arguments here they are again. 1. Australia adds value to Eurovision. They do so in song quality (the results speak for themselves), and they do so in viewership (They had 725,000 viewers. Adjusted to US numbers which… Read more »

ct_greece
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ct_greece

“do you consult a doctor” “little hater” “disgusting”

Glad to see the vocabulary of an english-speaking person in an english-speaking country is so rich in insults and personal jibes. Quite poor in actual arguments though.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@ct_greece

Good lord. Do you consult a doctor before you reach like that?

ct_greece
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ct_greece

@ Pollaski Face time may be an expression in the english language but A) it doesn’t make sense in the context of the song’s lyrics (she sings about someone’s absence but she “tries to feel their love through face time”? if she does get face time with them why does she mourn their absence?) and B) the whole staging was about the faces of various people appearing on screens and she manipulates those images as you would do on a phone touch screen. It is a sad state of affairs that because of their insistence on keeping Australia in the… Read more »

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@ct_greece

I already explained to you on here, as a native English speaker who lives in an English-speaking country, how using “face time” in that case is a completely appropriate phrasing. You choose not to listen because you would rather remain ignorant out of spite, and keep up your “but, but, Austwawia wuins EVWYTING” narrative.

ct_greece
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ct_greece

@ Pollaski

I am advocating that people vote on the best song and not a commercial for a video phone service.

Clyde
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@ aussier – and several others: I agree with you 🙂 The Veronicas made some great punkpop / rock in the past. Used to be quite reknowned and popular, and it definately seems to be what fit them best musically. So if they go to ESC, I hope it will be a more poppunk / rock kind of song.

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aussie

I’ve loved the Veronicas since back in the day when I was a little kid! I still listen to their pop punk rock stuff, but now especially with this song and their previous single, they’ve moved to the 2016 minimal reverby cold pop stuff that I hate. I’d love if we sent them, but they’d have to send something like serebro from russia in 2007 🙂 love lisa and jess

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@ct_greece

Yeah, because fourth in the televoting is a clear rejection. *Eyeroll*.

And are you actually advocating that voters vote based on politics and not song quality? Because if you are, you’re a pretty disgusting person.

Robyn Gallagher
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I wonder if this songs is like an audition for Eurovision, showing SBS that the Veronicas can deliver a suitable entry.

I feel like the chorus isn’t strong enough to work at Eurovision – it’s a trendy sound but it’s not very big or melodious (though one could say the same about “If I Were Sorry”).

I really hope that this has put The Veronicas on SBS’s radar. If they could come up with a bigger song, they’d be a shoo-in. 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
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Mark: “twins don’t do well at eurovision”

Except for Jedward in 2011, who placed eighth and had three lots of 12 points.

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Marshpan

Eh… It’s an alright song, but it seems to be riding on this Chainsmokers/Justin Bieber wave all too much. The sound is too nondistinct, and I think autotune is used here, which is uh… Better than ‘In My Blood’, though. Definitely! @Jonas: I’d agree, except that SBS is a government channel and doesn’t have the funds to produce its own flashy national selection. Although, being Australian, SBS could partner up with something like Triple J’s Hottest 100, and choose the highest-ranking Australian artist. It’s not a national selection per se, but such an option would be comparable to Sanremo. The… Read more »

Doorioo
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Doorioo

@Pollaski – yeah, they sound a bit dissappointing. By their looks I had expected rock or indie. Or punk for that matter. Pop music is OK, but I find rock more interesting

ct_greece
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ct_greece

@ Pollaski

Yes those juries are so suspiciously nice to our guests aren’t they? If Australia keeps participating, expect the televote to be even lower next time. No matter how arrogantly they crow about bringing Europe badly needed superior quality music (!!!) or their commercially-sponsored staging (FaceTime anyone?), the delicious tears will be all theirs in the end:)

Jonas
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Jonas

It would be nice if they organized some sort of national final. I always feel internal selection should be the exception, not the norm. SBS probably can’t scrape to that, though.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@ct_greece
You are such an adorable little hater. Your delicious tears of unfathomable sadness don’t change the results- 5th and 2nd. Australia’s legit, and with the rule change, probably here to stay.

As far as the Veronicas go… first, they totally looed like they’d be a punk band from the name and image, so I’m disappointed they’re more of a dark pop. Still, they have a good voice. I think they could work if they can nail the stage presence.

ct_greece
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ct_greece

Which bar does Australia raise at Eurvision exactly? Probably the one with glossily produced, cheap liquor.

Mark
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Mark

twins don’t do well at eurovision

William Lee Adams
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I love Australia at Eurovision — they raise the bar. I also love The Veronicas — great voices, great personas, great look, great music.

Tomas
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Tomas

I don’t get all the Aussie Hate. I love Australia being in Eurovision. Firstly they historically have a massive diaspora of Europeans – Irish, Brits, Greeks, Croats, Serbs, Bosnians, Italians etc. Secondly, how could anyone begrudge them after the two EPIC songs they have sent in the last 2 years? If they hadn’t been there last year then we wouldn’t have had the epicness that was Dami Im and Sound of Silence, which is still a regular on my playlist. The competition is better with them in!

Veronicas would be awesome – love that first song thats linked

Thomas
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Thomas

Firstly I lodt it at the Douwe comment. But yeah! This song will be great at ESC