Australia’s first national final Eurovision – Australia Decides will have its debut in just a matter of weeks, with plans no doubt well underway on the Gold Coast.
While seven of the ten entrants have been announced, SBS have been fairly tight-lipped as to the songs selected to compete. Today, four of the entrants took matters into their own hands – releasing either full versions or snippets of the tracks we are expected to hear come February 9.
16 year old ‘wildcard’ entry Leea Nanos has emancipated herself in her track “Set Me Free”, a somewhat haunting synth-pop track that exposes the young singer’s killer vocals well beyond her years. The rising star was handpicked by Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke after she offered up her song for other acts in the Melbourne area. All we can say is lucky Leea didn’t – because she owns this track.
You can listen to her track on Spotify below.
While a snippet of electro-pop duo Electric Fields‘ track “2000 and Whatever” dropped on January 1, the entire track was released today. An anthem for millennials, the thumping beat gets under your skin, nodding to lead singer Zaachariaha Fielding’s Indigenous Australian roots with the used of Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara — a language of the Anangu people — in the pre-chorus. Zaachariaha hits notes higher than Miss Mariah herself – making “2000 and Whatever” a force to be reckoned with.
Band member Michael Ross wants the song to lift people up:
“It is a brooding and joyous track about getting over insecurities early in life because this generation is beautiful and has more at its finger tips than any other before,” he said. “We belong to a gigantic cosmos and this life is short.”
2009 Australia’s Got Talent winner Mark Vincent has not left himself out of the game, either. The 25 year old Italian-Australian has revealed his track “This Is Not The End”, showcasing the tenor’s powerful operatic voice. Reminiscing of his childhood, Mark asks us ‘what we think of the snippet’ – and all we can say is bravissimo!
The final entry to be released today is that of 18-year-old Aydan Calafiore, with his track “Dust”. The track is has slow beat and is a soulful performance from the youngster – with a rich, smooth voice beyond his years. It’s modern, it’s now, it’s wow and it wouldn’t sound out of place on an Alicia Keys album.
The four entries released today will join the already released entry by contestant Courtney Act, titled “Fight For Love”. Her dance banger was released last December not long after she announced she would be taking part in the inaugural Australian selection.
Yet to release their tracks are previously announced entrants, pop-folk group Sheppard and independent artist Kate Miller-Heidke. With years of experience between the both of these entrants, no doubt they are holding several aces up their sleeves.
What do you think of the entries released by Leea Nanos, Aydan, Mark Vincent and Electric Fields? Do we have a winner amongst this pack? Let us know in the comments below.