Eurovision season has officially kicked off Down Under with Australian broadcaster SBS closing applications from aspiring song-writing wizards and ambitious artists. They’re all vying for a spot in Eurovision: Australian Decides, which, in its first year, became one of the most talked-about national selections. With Eurovision fever coinciding with a red hot Aussie summer, you could easily be mistaken for thinking Australia’s talent is on fire!
But maybe Eurovision: Australian Decides doesn’t need to unearth fresh, new talent in 2020. Perhaps Australia can open up its vaults and rediscover its glorious musical wonderbox of yesteryear. Wouldn’t it be great if the stage was set for epic past Australian acts to return to the stage for a one-off Eurovision performance?
I would go to the moon and back to bring back Savage Garden. I am sure the world would fall truly, madly, deeply all over again for their poppy crooning ways. But, if we put that fantasy to the side, there’s still plenty of room for dreaming big. Here are five Aussie acts we’d love to see get their microphone out of retirement for a star-studded Eurovision performance in Rotterdam.
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
Once upon a time, Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue and her prince Jason Donovan were Australia’s sweethearts. After playing Charlene and Scott on the much-loved Australian soap opera Neighbours, they channelled their real-life romance into song with “Especially for You.” (Seriously, this needs to be given a prominent spot in the Australian songbook.) Both their careers have endured despite their romance being short-lived.
Over the years, they have united on stage to recapture their 90s young adult romance. But how the world would benefit from seeing this one-time couple recreate their onstage chemistry. After all, it’s the stuff of soap opera dreams.
Can INXS rekindle their new sensation on the Eurovision stage? We think so!
INXS is an Australian musical institution, having released music for nearly four decades, starting with their 1980 hit “Just Keep Walking.” With a string of hits after that (“Don’t Change,” “Need You Tonight,” “Never Tear Us Apart” and then some), INXS seemed to be unstoppable. Then tragedy struck.
The band’s lead singer Michael Hutchence passed away in 1997. Since then, the band has performed with a list of guest singers including JD Fortune. INXS continued to have great success, including 2004’s hit “Pretty Vegas.” Monsieur Fortune was replaced in 2011 by Ciaran Gribbin – but his INXS singing days would be short-lived. A reunion on the Eurovision stage in 2020 would look pretty indeed.
3. Holly Candy nee Valance
Former soap star turned pop singer Holly Valance followed in the footsteps of fellow Neighbours alumni Kylie Minogue to enter the pop world. Valance released her debut single “Kiss Kiss” in the early 00s to great fanfare. Covering a hit Turkish song, Valance was able to make it her own, charting her way around the world with an accompanying raunchy music video. It’s evident that Valance took note of her predecessor, not only for mastering the art of creating the perfect song, but also by choosing iconic outfits.
Kylie may have been spinning around in her gold pants, but Valance had her saucy shimmering bodysuit. After a handful of hits, Valance decided to set her mic to silent. But maybe a stint at Eurovision would light Valance’s fire and see her blow the crowd one more kiss.
4. Dannii Minogue
Where, oh where, art thou other Minogue, Dannii?
A star in her own right, Minogue has played a long list of roles: singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter, fashion designer and more. Her singing career spans two decades with a string of hits both in her homeland and in the UK throughout the 90s and early 00s including “Love and Kisses”, “This Is It”, “All I Wanna Do” and “Who Do You Love Now”. Minogue has been quiet on the charts but she has kept busy with other commitments, mainly as a judge for reality talent shows in both Australia and the UK.
Perhaps Minogue can break the Sound Of Silence and call upon The X Factor Australia‘s 2013 winner and her protégée, 2016’s Eurovision runner-up Dami Im, for stage cues.
5. Young Divas
Is third time really a charm for Jessica Mauboy?
Australia’s most underrated manufactured all-girl band Young Divas was formed in 2006 and consisted of former Australian Idol finalists including season three winner Kate DeAraugo, Paulini, Emily Williams and Ricki-Lee. Their debut single was a cover of Donna Summer’s “This Time I Know It’s For Real.” The song turned out to be a surprise hit, peaking at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart.
When Ricki-Lee quit the band to focus on her solo work, our gal and two-time Eurovision performer Jessica Mauboy stepped in to fill the void. A cover version of Loverboy’s “Turn Me Loose” was the first and final single to be released off the band’s second album (and first to feature Mauboy) New Attitude. Soon after the song’s release, the group dismembered, leaving fans to wonder if the Young Divas would ever return to the stage, for real?
What Aussie act would you like to see return after their long hiatus? Tell us in the comment section below!