Australia is going all in for 2018! With its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 confirmed, and the inaugural Eurovision Asia on the horizon, the Aussies are ready to showcase its pop music industry in two major events in the year ahead. At this stage they are the only country confirmed to compete in both contests. For SBS and their production team at Blink TV, it’s a matter of going big or going home. Flying up from Down Under isn’t cheap, guys….
With that in mind we’ve had a think and can now reveal five acts we hope will make the Aussie shortlist for Eurovision Asia. These are just five of the many acts we have on our minds. More lists to follow in the months ahead…
1. Jessica Mauboy
Who better to introduce Australia on the Asian stage than the woman who first flew the Aussie flag in Europe? Jessica Mauboy’s “Sea of Flags” was Australia’s unofficial Eurovision debut in 2014 before Australia was invited to compete. Jessica set the stage for three years of great success and there’s no doubt she has what it takes to do the same at Eurovision Asia. Asia needs some indigenous Australian realness and she is ready to represent.
Since Eurovision Jessica has starred in the hit Australian series The Secret Daughter, where she shows off both her acting and singing abilities. The soundtrack to the show, which she released as an album, became her first to top the Australian charts. She also became the first indigenous Australian to debut at #1 on the ARIA charts. Outside of this she has also released “This Ain’t Love” and “Fallin'” from her upcoming studio album. Jessica is on a hot streak and water can’t cool her down…
2. Delta Goodrem
Perennially rumoured to represent Australia at Eurovision, Delta Goodrem may have been biding her time to conquer a different continent. Delta’s latest studio album Wings of the Wild showed that she is capable of nailing a big ballad, a pop bop and even a bit of country-pop. Australia would do well to send her — and her broad repertoire — to Eurovision Asia.
In recent times, Delta returned to Australian soap opera Neighbours for its 30th anniversary. She also made her Australian theatre debut in Cats. She also joined the cast of Australian drama House Husbands for its fifth season. A woman of many talents, Delta would be a great choice for Australia. Her wings were made to fly!
3. Alison Wonderland
Stepping away from some of the big names in the Australian music industry, we move to a lesser-known artist with major potential. Alex Sholler, better known as Alison Wonderland, is a Sydney-based DJ who could bring on-trend EDM to compete against powerhouse artists from the rest of the continent. Alison Wonderland’s music might not scream “Eurovision”, but a new contest brings new opportunities and Australia can shine with this DJ’s take on electronic dance.
Her debut album Run peaked at number 6 in Australia and number 12 in New Zealand. Billboard praised her most recent single “Messiah“, describing it as “a steady build into a brightly burning hook.” Alison Wonderland could bring the club banger to get Eurovision Asia fans on their feet.
If Australia wants electronic music, then PNAU is a very safe option. The group has been active since 1999 and enjoyed plenty of success with their 2016 release “Chameleon”, which peaked at number 4 on the Australian charts. Formed by Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes, they brought on Sam Littlemore seventeen years after their founding, showing that they’re keen to evolve. Their music has made the annual Triple J Top 100 list several times.
PNAU will drop a new album in November 2017. Eurovision Asia could be the perfect platform to promote their music beyond Australia’s borders.
5. Tkay Maidza
Would it really be Eurovision Asia without some Zimbabwean rap? Adelaide-based Tkay Maidza hails from southern Africa and her brand of rap would surely stand out among anything Asia has to offer. She released “Glorious” in 2017, showing her prowess for electronic pop. A woman of many talents and many sounds, she packs an unusual sound that could cut across borders.
At just 21 years of age, Tkay Maidza already claims some major accomplishments. She’s featured on Troye Sivan’s album “Blue Neighbourhood” and has opened for the likes of Charli XCX and Rita Ora. She would be a brave choice for Australia. But it’s a risk that just might pay off.
Who do you want to see flying the Australian flag at Eurovision or Eurovision Asia? Let us know in the comments box below.