Time to add a little bit of fabulous to Eurovision: Australia Decides. Star of Australian Idol, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Celebrity Big Brother (and much more) Courtney Act joins the list of competing artists for the national selection.
Courtney was announced by SBS, alongside The Voice Australia star Aydan Calafiore, and 16 year old “wildcard”, Leea Nanos
Courtney Act – the alter ego of Shane Jenek – is perhaps best known internationally for competing in Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. But Courtney has an impressive singing history. She took part in the first season of Australian Idol, alongside the likes of Guy Sebastian.
Since then, she’s released a number of singles both as a solo artist and in groups. Her role in the AAA Girls has even seen her star in music videos alongside Little Mix. In 2018, Courtney/Shane won Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, and has also hosted her own reality show The Bi Life.
Now, she’s back on home soil and ready to compete at Australia Decides!
In the announcement video, Courtney hints about her song: “Eurovision is a pop competition, but there’s no reason you can’t slip in a little message, you know?” Sounds like this one could be a charged number!
And in a further statement, Courtney reveals she’s been wanting to the contest for a long time.
“A sweet 16 years after Australian Idol I have the chance to show Australia how I have grown as an artist and a performer and I am so excited. To compete to represent Oz in Eurovision is second only to being on that stage in Tel Aviv and singing my lungs out for my country.
I’ve sat at home every year since Guy Sebastian competed in 2015 and have been so keen to be a part of it. Now, this might be my chance!”
Known for having the tightest tuck in the business, it appears that Courtney also has her act together. She’ll sing the song “Fight For Love”, which — to quote RuPaul — is available on iTunes and Spotify.
18 year olf Aydan first hit TV screens in 2012, as part of the re-boot of Young Talent Time – the show that launched the careers of Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue to name a few.
This year, Aydan made the final of the seventh season of The Voice Australia. Mentored by Joe Jonas, Aydan finished in fourth place, and has since released single “Something About You”.
Aydan says “It’s unbelievable to be participating in Eurovision – Australia Decides. Having been a fan of Eurovision, it’s really hard to comprehend that I am going to have a shot at representing our country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
I have such a supportive fan base and I am hoping that together we’ll go on this journey and see a new generation of Eurovision fans.”
The “wildcard” entry for Australia Decides, Leea might not be as well-known a name as her Eurovision rivals. But her voice is killer y’all, and a quick look at her back catalogue means that this 16 year old could be a real threat.
Leea previously auditioned for X Factor Australia in 2016 (in front of Guy Sebastian again, amongst others). With two years more experience and TV time behind her, that will no doubt serve her well for the show.
About the experience, Leea says: “Being involved in Eurovision – Australia Decides means everything to me and the reality hasn’t quite sunk in yet! Being the youngest and most inexperienced in the competition I know I’ll need to really bring my A-game to the stage….”
Apparently the rising star was handpicked by Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke after she offered up her song “Set Me Free” for other acts in the Melbourne area.
Eurovision: Australia Decides
The three new acts join the already announced Kate Miller-Heidke, indie-pop band Sheppard, pop-opera star Mark Vincent and electric-soul duo Electric Fields as part of the line-up.
With the selection set to take place on February 9, we’re already so excited by Australia’s first national final. What’s more, there’s three more acts to be announced. We can’t wait!
What do you think of the latest acts for Eurovision: Australia Decides? Has Courtney’s reveal left you gagged? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.