He’s the teenage singing sensation who took Australia to its third straight Top 10 finish at Eurovision this May.
Since then Isaiah Firebrace has enjoyed still more momentum with his single “It’s Gotta Be You” going double platinum in Sweden and gold in Norway, and his most recent release “Streets of Gold” racking up more than 1.2 million Spotify streams in just two weeks.
And guess what: He ain’t slowing down. On Tuesday the X Factor winner released the official music video for “Streets of Gold”, which celebrates some of his recent achievements, including his appearance at Eurovision, which will be instantly recognisable to members of the Firebase.
The song, which could be read as a love letter to Australia, charts his many performances, trips and appearances around the world.
But despite all his travels, he can’t stop thinking of home — or that special someone.
“I always knew I’d be walking through the streets o gold,” he sings. “But here’s the truth: nothing really feels like home. Just take me back to you.”
The streets that he walks snake through London (where he climbs into a red phone booth), Paris (where he admires the Eiffel Tower) and Oslo (where he takes in the nude sculptures at Vigeland Sculpture Park).
In a move sure to titillate Eurovision enthusiasts, Isaiah also includes footage from his time in Kyiv at the Eurovision Song Contest.
You’ll see him turning on stage and singing before a pyro shower. You’ll also get a brief glimpse of him backstage in the delegation area with his team from Sony, SBS and Blink TV.
Australia’s Eurovision stars — including Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian and Dami Im — are among the country’s most beloved performers. So it’s more than fitting that Isaiah has included ESC memories here.
Isaiah at Eurovision 2017
Isaiah caught up with wiwibloggers William and Deban after his first rehearsal in Kyiv and spoke of the difference between Eurovision and his earlier television experiences.
“Definitely there’s a lot more hype around Eurovision,” he says, “and the fans and the press — there is more than The X Factor. And also just the stage, this venue and the arena, it’s all like The X Factor times 1000.”
Isaiah’s staging focused on him, with the LED screens showing various shots of the singer.
“We definitely wanted to create something more kind of intimate, because it’s such a big arena and we wanted it to be drawn in just on me as a performer. So that’s why there are so many clones of me all over the screens.”