Australia’s first national final, Australia Decides, has been generating plenty of buzz since it was announced. With SBS aiming to pull in some big names, it looks like they might have succeeded already.
They are indie-pop group Sheppard, as well as singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, electronic duo Electric Fields, and Australia’s Got Talent champion Mark Vincent.
The news is out! Kate Miller-Heidke, Sheppard, Mark Vincent and Electric Fields Music will be taking the stage at Eurovision – Australia Decides.More artists announced soon… #Eurovision #AusDecides
Posted by SBS Eurovision on Sunday, December 2, 2018
Sheppard will certainly have the home advantage at Australia Decides. Based in Brisbane, just north of the Gold Coast, the trio have already tasted international success. Their biggest single, “Geronimo”, hit #1 in Australia and charted in the top ten across European charts.
Their latest album, “Watching the Sky”, also reached top spot on the Australian album charts this year. The band also supported Little Mix on their 2017 European tour — so playing to a big arena in Tel Aviv would be no problem!
“We’re excited at the prospect of representing Australia in what feels like the pop music Olympics,” they said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “The fact that this is the first time the show has ever taken part in Australia and letting the public decide who gets to go to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is really exciting for us. It will be an historic television event that we look forward to being a part of!”
Another Brisbane native, Kate Miller-Heidke has a prolific and successful back catalogue, even since leaving her record label and making it as an independent artist.
She’s been nominated for multiple ARIA Awards and has also performed on stage. Her most famous track is “The Last Day on Earth”, which hit #3 in Australia and has been used in numerous TV shows as well.
“I’ve never done anything like this before. I do feel vulnerable putting myself out there in a competitive setting. I’m trying to ignore that element, and thinking of it as a very eclectic celebration of Australian music. I think there will be a lot of solidarity amongst the performers.”
One thing is for sure: if Electric Fields make it to Eurovision, we can add a whole new language to the list performed in the contest. Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross make up the duo, with Zaachariaha taking on vocals.
According to the video posted by SBS, it seems that he’ll be performing their sung in the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara language. We’re loving the Indigenous Australian representation being given in the contest.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is the Olympics of camp! It’s a flamboyant spectacle and we’re excited to be part of the first ever Eurovision selection show on home soil. We want to tell a story on stage with fierce energy that will hopefully shoot through the cameras and out of the TV screens at home.”
The final name revealed by SBS is the 2009 Australia’s Got Talent winner, Mark Vincent. Aged just 15, Mark won the contest with his amazing operatic voice. Just hear his performance of “Nessun Dorma” to see what we mean, y’all!
Since then, Mark’s career has barely stopped. He’s released no less than eight studio albums (and even managed to fit in a “Best Of” for good measure). He’s also taken to the stage, with a role in My Fair Lady.
“This opportunity to compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides means everything to me. I’ve been a Eurovision fan since I was young and love the incredible voices and talents that have emerged. I’m going to bring everything I’ve got to the stage. I’ve been working my entire life for this moment, and I can’t wait to perform for you.”
If this is the calibre of names that SBS has already managed to draft in to their selection, then we can’t wait to see who else will be announced!
What do y’all think of the four acts confirmed? Are you excited for Australia Decides? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!