She’s the Australian pocket rocket who’s making her big return to the Eurovision stage — and this time she’s in it to win it.
Jessica Mauboy sat down with Australian broadcaster SBS News to talk about her return, after appearing as the interval act in Copenhagen in 2014. She describes the process of getting to Lisbon as an ‘exciting journey’, but admits that her return means she’s got some unfinished business to deal with.
Watch Jessica’s interview with SBS News here.
“It’s an exciting journey, obviously having been there from 2014 and having that first experience and opportunity of performing on that stage. Just remembering all the amazing moments — with the crowd, the atmosphere, the lights. It was really incredible and epic. Now heading over as a contestant and writing a song for the show and for the whole celebration — it’s such an overwhelming feeling coming from 2014 now to 2018 and going back for some unfinished business, I guess.”
Making a return for Australia as a contestant, rather an an interval act, Jessica will be performing “We Got Love” in Lisbon. The track was co-written by Jessica and DNA – David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii (who also wrote the entries for Dami Im in 2016 and Isaiah Firebrace in 2017). She says it resonates strongly with her, as it was inspired by recent events happening worldwide in light of female empowerment.
“I think for me in that month [of writing the song], a lot of things were happening. From the ‘Women’s March’, ‘Times Up’, ‘R U OK?’ — all these beautiful campaigns of people speaking out, standing tall, fighting for rights and fighting for what the people need. People standing up and supporting each other. I saw that as a lot of love, nurturing and caring, and being there. All those things I really considered infusing into the song.”
“I felt the need to bring about a bigger light to something that was universal and simple to say in English. Because not everyone speaks English. So the most simplest but most effective way of connecting. ‘We Got Love’ was just — we can’t deny it — the simplicity of it makes it so grand and powerful. We are not talking about a singular thing, it’s a ‘together’ event.”
Having the song and vocals down pat, Jessica’s attention is now focused on the visual side of the song. Always the tease, she’s keeping her cards close to her chest.
“Now thinking creatively and visually what that’s going to look like, I’m so happy that I have a good song that I’m really happy and proud about, and that now I can get to work on the visual part.”
With friends in high places, perhaps Jess’ staging may be inspired by her recent work with Tourism Australia. This week, Jess appeared in a segment for the American television show Late Night with Seth Meyers, treating the show’s correspondent Amber Muffin to an Australian classic — the choc-top ice cream.
— Jessica Mauboy (@jessicamauboy) March 22, 2018
The girl from the Australian outback is making herself known in the States in big ways, recently appearing in a mock ad for a Crocodile Dundee sequel — the classic 1980s Australian movie.
The ad, which aired during the American Super Bowl this year, featured Jess alongside some of Australia’s biggest actors including Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie.
Do you feel the love for Jessica’s “We Got Love”? What do you expect to see on the Lisbon stage from Australia? Let us know in the comments below!