A week from now, ten acts will be competing to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019. Over the last few weeks, the songs have steadily been revealed. Acts like Kate Miller-Heidke and Ella Hooper have released their songs in the last week. Now, the lineup is complete as the final two songs from Sheppard and Tania Doko have been released.
“On My Way” — Sheppard
Sheppard are an indie pop band from Brisbane. Their song “On My Way” is described as the ultimate love song. Packaged with an anthemic chorus and an equally catchy bridge, the song has many exciting layers. “On My Way” certainly doesn’t stray far from the Eurovision formula and sounds like it was made for the Eurovision stage.
Speaking to SBS, Sheppard said, “”On My Way” is about someone craving the uncontrollable heat and passion they feel when they are with the one they love. It’s about excitedly making their way to reunite with their lover, wherever that may be in the world. We love it because it’s quite musically complex but very easy to listen to.”
“Piece of Me” — Tania Doko
Although it’s still only a snippet of the song at 43 seconds, “Piece of Me” shapes us as a soft pop banger that has a distinct 1990s feel. A song all about love, it melds Tania’s distinct vocals with strong production. It’s Spotify friendly and no doubt ready to slay.
Speaking to SBS, Tania Doko said, “As the song suggests, I am giving Aussie audiences a “Piece of Me”, and for me that’s pretty special as I’ve been living in Sweden for ten years and I genuinely miss performing in Australia. For me it’s another reminder of an inescapable truth – that we are all people, not machines. We live in a fast-paced world and we can all feel like everyone wants a piece of us. But at the end of the day, what’s it all for? Who represents home? Sometimes we forget the ‘why’ and take those closest for granted.”
Eurovision: Australia Decides 2019
The grand final of Australia Decides will take place on Saturday 9 February in the Gold Coast. The winner will be determined by a combined jury vote and televote. Additionally, Australian Eurovision star Dami Im will be present, performing as the interval act during the national final. The 2016 runner-up slayed Europe with her power ballad “Sound of Silence” and will be there to dazzle Australian audiences once more.
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