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.
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, MØ 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!