Broadcaster SBS promised to go “bigger and better” than their first Eurovision – Australia Decides. With the final four artist announcements and the final lineup confirmed – SBS have delivered on their promise.
The last four artists completing the selection line up include this year’s The Voice Australia winner Diana Rouvas, Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen, America’s Got Talent singer Jordan-Ravi, and Taiwanese-Australian artist Jaguar Jonze.
SBS formally confirmed the final lineup with their official announcement today at 2:01 CET (12:01 Tuesday Australian Eastern Daylight Time).
Reality television veteran (despite his young age), Jack Vidgen won Australia’s Got Talent as a fresh faced 14 year old, before launching a successful recording career. He left the spotlight several years later due to burnout, deciding to work at an aged care home. Earlier this year, he relaunched his career as a participant on The Voice Australia, finishing as a semi-finalist. He will be performing his ballad, “I Am King I Am Queen”, which he released today.
The now 22 year old said he’s super excited to be joining the Australian Decides lineup:
“I am incredibly excited to be a part of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 and actually can’t believe it’s really happening. I’m a huge fan of Eurovision, so to be competing for the opportunity to represent Australia is mind-blowing. I adore my song “I Am King I Am Queen” which I cowrote with Andrew Lowden. It’s a real representation of me and everything I stand for and I think that everyone, young and old, will be able to relate to and take inspiration from this song. I hope that the Eurovision audiences love it as much as I do!”
A proud representative of her Greek culture, singer-songwriter Diana Rouvas recently won this year’s season of The Voice Australia, after making it to the top 8 of the same show back in 2012. She’s performed as a backup singer to legendary Australian songstress Tina Arena, and tours Australia often. She will be performing the yet to be released track “Can We Make Heaven”.
Diana said she’s looking forward to representing her country as a Greek-Australian:
“I’m really excited to be in Eurovision – Australia Decides. As a Greek Australian, I am proud to represent the culture that our country is rich and abundant in, and I’d be so honoured to stand on that stage for Australia! It’s an incredible opportunity for any artist. I’d be bringing my true authentic self to the stage…my life’s work and dreams into that moment, and would be proud to earn a position on that stage and represent my country.”
Relative newcomer Jordan-Ravi is colourfully described as an ‘enigmatic soulful singer-songwriter with a chocolate tone and a talent on the guitar’. Growing up in remote Australia in the same region as Eurovision 2018 representative Jessica Mauboy, the 19 year old recently gained worldwide attention after appearing on America’s Got Talent, with a cover of “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. He will be performing yet to be released “Pushing Stars”, a track written by 2019 Australia Decides alumni George Sheppard and Tania Doko.
He’s hoping that Australia Decides will be a successful foray into Australian television:
“Eurovision – Australia Decides will be my debut on Australian TV and I am so honoured to be given this opportunity. I will be performing “Pushing Stars”, a song which came in via the SBS Song Portal, and was co-written by a couple of this year’s Eurovision – Australia Decides stars, George Sheppard and Tania Doko. I am grateful that they put their trust in me to infuse my style and flare to their work this year! I’m a 19 year old guitarist and singer-songwriter from outback Darwin, and this is a great chance for Australia to get to know me. I will be doing my best and loving the opportunity to share the stage with some incredible artists. Bring it on!”
Ticking the alternative box for Australia Decides, Jaguar Jonze is an eclectic mix of culture, inspiration, and musical flavour. Born in Japan to a Taiwanese mother and Australian father, she has featured often on Australian indie radio station Triple J, gathering a following along the way. She has recently released a colourful, Tarantino-inspired track in “Kill Me With Your Love”. It’s definitely worth a watch, with her music giving her the traction to build an audience in Australia and internationally. She will be performing a new track at Australia Decides called “Rabbit Hole”, which is yet to be released.
Jaguar Jonze had nothing but positive words and vibes for her other Australia Decides entrants:
“For me, Eurovision – Australia Decides is a massive opportunity to show Australia who I am as an artist and what I’m passionate about. The selected 10 artists are all so talented and I’d be so happy for any one of us to represent Australia in Eurovision. I think it shows the diverse pool of creativity and talent in this nation and I’m honoured to be a part of it. I’ve always taken Eurovision to be about each country, and each artist expressing their individuality without boundaries. So much of Jaguar Jonze is about honesty and vulnerability and I’m excited to express the uniqueness that comes with it.”
The four artists announced today complete the lineup for next year’s national selection. Other entrants include Casey Donovan, Vanessa Amarosi, Mitch Tambo, iOTA, Montaigne and Didirri.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place on the Gold Coast on February 7 (preview show) and February 8 (Grand Final).
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