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.

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Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago

Am I the only one who feels a strong “Moment”- by Blanche vibe to “Set me free” by Leea Nanos?

I love it!

My favorite

Mws
Mws
1 year ago

Wow. The Leea Nanos song is the stand out. If she can sing this well live and nail her live performance then we have our winner right here people. I listened to all the Australia Decides songs with one question in mind – which song sounds like it could win the whole Eurovision. This one for me jumped out. Winner. Go Leea.

AngieP
AngieP
1 year ago

I really like “Set me free”: Modern sound, beautiful voice. I’m sure this can look bigger and better on a stage like Eurovision. I also like “Dust”. It’s a clear ballad with great vocals. If he slays the live performance he’s in the competition too. “This is not the end”is a operatic pop ballad, if that term exists. He has an incredible voice and the live performance can elevate the song, but I’m not sure it’s what Australia needs to send to Eurovision now. What happens with “2000 and Whatever” is that it’s so up-beat and energetic that it can… Read more »

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

OMG Dust is such a masterpiece! It would flop in the televoting but I do see it finishing in the Jury top 3 if it were to go to Eurovision. Very impressive For an 18 year old.

Michelle
Michelle
1 year ago

I love Electric Fields song immensely! I think Mark will be very powerful on the 9th Feb. Looking forward to his song performed live. Cant wait!.

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

I have heard Leea sing live before in 2017 and i think she has been part of x-factor or something i don’t know. She’s decent but her song isn’t that great and she has done better stuff before.

Aleksandar Romanov
Aleksandar Romanov
1 year ago

Electric Fields 1000000000000% You go boys!

OohHoney
OohHoney
1 year ago

I don’t care who goes to Eurovision, as long as it’s not Courtney Act.

Btw SBS released the three remaining artists.

Greetings from Austria (nope, no Kangoroos here)
Greetings from Austria (nope, no Kangoroos here)
1 year ago

Electric Fields has an amazing song. Very modern with cultural elements. So unique, i love it. If they can pull this off live, this will be a potential winner!

Happy 2000 and whateveeer!

Mws
Mws
1 year ago

Happy 2000 and whatever sounds too much like it’s copying the style of Toy by Netta, last year’s winning song. The high pitch squeal, the cultural lyrics, the out of the box sound… I’ve seen Eurovisions in the past where countries copy too much the previous year’s winner and it flops big time, people can see thru it. Hope this doesn’t win

Leo
Leo
1 year ago

Leea’s song is a genuine masterpiece, but I love Electric Fields’ entry too. Either or

Dalth
Dalth
1 year ago

Really like leea nanos and electric fields please god let them be half decent live, personally think this is the kinda direction eurovision should be heading in

AndersP
AndersP
1 year ago

Electric Fields is a complete mad mess of craziness, and I love it!

Candy
Candy
1 year ago

“2000 and Whatever” is one of the most memorable songs of the NF season so far – and the exact type of song that makes me fall in love with Eurovision over and over again. I really, really hope they will be able to recreate the magic live on stage.

Warson
Warson
1 year ago

Okay. I just heard all 5 songs from Spotify and YouTube. Apart from the opera guy and Courtney Act’s song, the remaining songs really fit my tastes. Aydan’s song is a soulful and slow pop with high standard production we can see from Australia. The beats really caught my attention and I’m digging it. I’ve seen his videos on YouTube and he can SING LIVE! Leea’s song is also interesting. It’s like The Rhythm Inside meets City Lights. However, I’m afraid that she can’t pull if off live like those finalists with experience. Last but not the least, I really… Read more »

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

LOVE Electric Fields. So different and fresh!!

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
1 year ago

Better a smart blonde with the eyes of a panther than a pack of wolves with a heart of gold.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Porsteinn

YES

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Porsteinn

Since when are you commenting on wiwibloggs, my German friend? 🙂
Anyways, what I wanted to say about Australia: Electric Fields are good, but not 100% mine. Aydan is touching. About Courtney I have already said that the song is too weak. I am hoping for Kate Miller-Heidke to save Australia which her originality. Please! 😀

PaulieW
PaulieW
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Aydan’s song is really different from his live performance posted by Wiwibloggs. It’s nowhere related to touching..

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Since today. 😉

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Ahhhh, I meant *with* her originality. Auto-correction is calling XD

Marcelo
Marcelo
1 year ago

Electric Fields all the way! The song’s that good that Australia should just internally select them, but let’s wait till the national final takes place to see.

Pieterjan Segers
Pieterjan Segers
1 year ago

I’m sooo in love with the entry of Electric Fields! What an amazing song! I can imagine the stage and performance already. The vibe of the song is winning material if you ask me!
My top 5:
1: Electric Fields: This is an absolute anthem and it has soooo much potential to win!
2: Courtney Act
3: Mark Vincent
4: Leea Nanos
5: Aydan Calafiore

CharlieChan
CharlieChan
1 year ago

My top 5:
1) Electric Fields: WHAT A MASTERPIECE. I LOVE IT SOO MUCH! It’s like a millenial anthem and I love the aboriginal vibes.
2) Courtney Act: The song is pretty good
3)Leea Nanos
4) Mark Vincent
5) Aydan Calafiore
Australia’s selection is amazing. All the songs sound quite good tbh.

Cedric
1 year ago

My Top 5:

1. Courtney Act – Fight For Love
2. Electric Fields – 2000 and Whatever
3. Leea Nanos – Set Me Free
4. Aydan Calafiore – Dust
5. Mark Vincent – This Is Not The End

I’m sure that Sheppard will be my #1 in the end though 😀

Escfan
Escfan
1 year ago

Electric fields song is AMAZING

onyx topaz
onyx topaz
1 year ago

Electric Fields serving aboriginal vibes REALNESS!!! Love it!!

DyGh
DyGh
1 year ago

Electric Fields sounds interesting, lyrics are… interesting. It stays in your head though and that’s nice.

Christopher Grevener
Christopher Grevener
1 year ago

Little bit disappointed!! My fave remains Courtney Act.
I like electric fields as well.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara language and that guy’s dance moves – that’s all I need.

HelloSummer
HelloSummer
1 year ago

Aydan’s and Mark’s songs are now available on Spotify!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Though I was expecting something riskier from Electric Fields, this lineup is delivering a nice variety of sounds. It turns out the least appealing thing of “2000 and Whatever” is the chorus we already knew. The track as a whole is pretty interesting. It’s a banger that has loads of character, so it can reach differents kinds of fans. Leea’s song may not be as catchy as some would like, but it’s a solid piece of indiepop and I liked it right away. I don’t know what I feel yet about Mark’s and Aydan’s songs, but I trust they’ll bring… Read more »

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

When we gonna get the full line up?

frols
1 year ago

I’m loving what I’ve heard so far of Mark Vincent’s song. He has a beautiful voice.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

I liked Mark Vincent’s cover of “Halo” but this song is not for me. The key, the style, the “when I was a little boy” narrative, it’s the kind of music the German market sells to 100-year-olds in these Schlager festivals. So far, “2000 and Whatever” takes the lead.

Popyy
Popyy
1 year ago

Electric Fields and Leea gave me really good first impressions and I really love these two. I’m not a fan of opera so I don’t wanna judge Mark’s song. Aydn’s song is quite soulful so I really wanna hear the final version. Now I understand why they picked Courtney to be one of the finalists…it’s for rating for sure. Her song is nothing original…

Khan
Khan
1 year ago

I’m scared that the public will chose Mark Vincent.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago
Reply to  Khan

I hope not

yom124
yom124
1 year ago
Reply to  Khan

Why? decent song, he is really really good live. Id be damn happy as an australian if we chose him. I do think sheppard will have a better song but they are pretty average live.

marcus (Day One)
marcus (Day One)
1 year ago

I really like 2000 and whatever because of its uniqueness and aboriginal feel.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

I’m liking all of these, but I can’t help but admit that Mark Vincent’s reminds me a bit of The Miracle is Mine from Father Ted (at least at the beginning).

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

It’s really weird how all those artists were announced like a month ago, and we still don’t know the last batch of artists.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The chances are:
1. AD:GC will only have seven artists;
2. The three last acts are the ones AD:GC will match with a pre-written song;
3. They might be revealed as surprises, might be in late January.

Murderme
Murderme
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Alfie Arcuri is one of those final acts. You heard it here first!

Tr0jan
Tr0jan
1 year ago
Reply to  Murderme

Wow – excellent call, you were dead on!

florin
florin
1 year ago

i cant wait for sheppard.. i really hope they have a banger

Fiore
Fiore
1 year ago

Electric Fields’ song is really interesting. It would make a good entry.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago
Reply to  Fiore

Top 5 for sure.