She’s the New Zealand born Australian pop star with over a decade’s worth of hits under her belt. And based off an Instagram live session on Thursday, Ricki-Lee Coulter is totally up for doing Eurovision.
Broadcasting to her 208,000 followers, the songstress fielded a series of questions from fans over the course of an hour. In between queries about her new music and upcoming TV appearances was one regarding our favourite song contest.
“Will you go to Eurovision next year?”, asked louis_narko.
A grin instantly appeared on the singer’s face. “Hmmm…”, she mulled, “that would be nice. That would be fun. That would be amazing”.
She then started to share an apparent love for the contest. “I’m a hu…” she began — we’re presuming she was going to say “huge fan”.
And suddenly all ambiguity was thrown out the window, as Ricki-Lee made an unequivocal statement of intent. “Let me at it is all I say. Let me at it!”.
Did you hear that SBS? Let her at it!
Who is Ricki-Lee?
Just like Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee first rose to fame on Australian Idol. Entering the second season in 2004, she quickly became a favourite to win. However, the nation was left in shock when she was eliminated in seventh place.
But her talent shone through and she was quickly snapped up by a major record label. Her breakout track “Hell No!” dropped in 2005, reaching number five in the charts. A string of hits followed, including “Can’t Touch It” which featured on the Sex And The City 2 soundtrack. She also enjoyed top ten success in Japan with “Do It Like That”.
As well as solo stardom, she briefly formed part of the Young Divas girl group. Despite two top ten singles, she quit after their first album and was replaced by Jessica Mauboy.
Best known for her dance-pop numbers, Ricki-Lee has recently moved towards a more soulful and stripped-back sound. Her vocals on her latest single “Not Too Late” prove that she’s much more than a disposable pop princess.
Outside of music, Ricki-Lee is a familiar face on television. She appeared as a mentor during the battle stages on the 2012 season of The Voice Australia and came third on Dancing With The Stars Australia in 2014.
Big name stars at Eurovision 2018
Ricki-Lee isn’t the first established act to throw her name into the Eurovision 2018 hat.
Immediately after Ireland’s semi-final elimination in Kyiv, noughties R&B singer Samantha Mumba declared that she would “LOVE” to represent the country.
Across the Irish Sea in Britain, a slew of acts are toying with the idea. Ex-The Voice coach Paloma Faith, synthpop duo Hurts, alternative artist Mary Epworth and X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto have all been making positive noises.
Down by the Mediterranean, one of Portugal’s biggest male performers Diogo Piçarra is composing — and possibly performing — an entry in their national final. Meanwhile in Greece, the chart-topping Eleni Foureira is bemoaning the national broadcaster’s reluctance to send her to the contest.
What do you think? Would Ricki-Lee be a good choice for Australia? Could she secure them yet another top ten finish? Let us know in the comments below.