Australia’s first national final, Eurovision – Australia Decides, has been drumming plenty of interest internationally for its February debut. With Australian broadcaster SBS confirming some big names earlier this month, one of the entries has come out swinging.
Indie-pop group Sheppard have said they have a “song written which (is) perfect for Eurovision.” The sextet were announced as participating in the inaugural contest alongside singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, electronic duo Electric Fields, and Australia’s Got Talent champion Mark Vincent, with other entries yet to be announced.
The group said they’re eager to showcase their newest song, which has a “massive, anthemic Sheppard sound, celebrating the love and the fire that burns within you when you’re in love.”
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@wearesheppard have revealed a bit about their national final song and staging. ? _____ "Luckily we already had a song written which was perfect for #Eurovision. It has the classic massive, anthemic Sheppard sound, celebrating love and the fire that burns within you when you're in love.” ? . _____ "We are also planning an epic performance using technology and colour and light to tell the story in an interesting unique way.” ?? _____ Pic via @aussievisionnet #australia #ausdecides #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2019 #eurovision
The group, who have been getting a taster of Eurovision through their most recent European tour, also shared their vision for staging, saying:
“We are also planning an epic performance using technology and colour and light to tell the story in an interesting, unique way”.
And even though the group will be fighting hard to win the national final and represent Australia in 2019, they maintain the typical Australian ethos of mateship, saying that they will support whichever act that wins Eurovision – Australia Decides:
“The chance to represent our country in anything is an offer we couldn’t turn down, and Eurovision is like the Olympics of music. I get the feeling the artists involved will become great friends through the experience, and whoever Australia decides to send over — we will all be cheering.”
Even though Sheppard will be supporting each of their competitors, they will certainly have the home advantage. Based in Brisbane, they have already tasted international success. Their biggest single, “Geronimo”, hit #1 in Australia and charted in the top ten across European charts, amassing over 41 million views on YouTube.
Fellow entrants Electric Fields, a duo comprised of Zaachariaha Lowah Fielding and Michael Ross, have also appeared in a documentary released earlier this week. Screening on SBS On Demand, Voice from the Desert follows the multi-octave Indigenous Fielding back to his desert home town in Australia, exploring his relationship to Aboriginal country and his experience growing up queer in remote South Australia. You can watch his documentary here.
Plans for Eurovision – Australia Decides, appear to be well under way, with Australia enlisting some support from Sweden’s Melodifestivalen producer Christer Björkman and Eurovision 2014 senior director Per Zachariassen. The pair have been spending time with Australia’s Head of Delegation and producers Paul Clarke and Stephanie Werrett.
SBS has confirmed the grand final of Eurovision – Australia Decides for Saturday 9 February 2019, with the jury show staged the day before. With Australia pulling out the big guns for their inaugural national final, we could be seeing the Melodifestivalen of the southern hemisphere!
How do you rate Sheppard’s chances to win Australia’s national final? Which other singer would you like to see at Eurovision – Australia Decides? Let us know in the comments below.