Australia has confirmed their participation at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, but their act is still to be decided. However, The X Factor Australia 2016 winner Isaiah Firebrace has made it clear that he wants to take up the gig.
Fresh from his X Factor win, the 17-year-old told News Corp Australia that he was inspired by Australian singer Jessica Mauboy at Eurovision 2014.
Isaiah was introduced to Australian audiences on the recent series of The X Factor where he was mentored by Adam Lambert. Isaiah expressed a wholesome and soulful voice, and his performances captivated both judges and viewers each week. The teenage singer proved to have a mature voice and could deliver performances with depth and emotion.
Isaiah also proved that he could handle contemporary pop. His debut single “It’s Gotta Be You” shows off his R&B singing style, with the emotion of the song shining through.
“It’s Gotta Be You” debuted at No.1 on the Australian iTunes chart. Isaiah is currently recording his debut album which will be released on December 9.
But would Isaiah be a good choice for SBS to represent Australia in Kyiv? He’d certainly be enthusiastic.
In the interview Isaiah revealed has was a proud supporter of Australia’s Eurovision efforts. He said: “When Jess (Mauboy) performed, I thought ‘Oh my God, Australia can do it, we’re allowed to be there now. And then seeing what Guy and Dami did was incredible. It would definitely be something I would love to do, that would be the dream. And what if I won?”
Isaiah also sees Jess as a big role model, as a fellow indigenous Australian who is succeeding in her music career.
Jessica performed with Isaiah at the grand final of The X Factor, singing a cover of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”.
Isaiah explained: “I’ve always looked up to her, she’s come so far and I was inspired by someone who is indigenous doing such great things.”
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