When the full line-up for the national final Eurovision: Australia Decides was released earlier this week, fans were surprised that 2019 runners-up Electric Fields were not on the list. Now Australia’s Head of Delegation and national final producer Paul Clarke has explained why the electronic duo didn’t return.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Clarke explained that while Electric Fields were invited back for 2020, the group felt that this time they didn’t have the right song for the contest.
But, as Clarke told the paper, that’s OK. “It’s alright to have a year off, have a think about it and then come back.”
Clarke also spoke about what the Australian delegation had learned from their 2019 entry. Kate Miller-Heidke’s “Zero Gravity” was tipped as a possible winner of Eurovision 2019 but finished in ninth place.
Clarke had nothing but praise for Kate Miller-Heidke’s performance but said that an Australian popera song might not have appealed enough to European audiences.
He explained, “For a lot of Europeans, they turn to Australia for what is new and what is different. I think they felt they already had opera. That opera is something that comes from Europe.”
But Clark has faith in the 2020 lineup of Australia Decides. He even reckons the show has “four, five, maybe six people that could win the competition this year” and give Australia its first Eurovision win.
Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020 – competing artists
The ten competing artists of Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020 are pop diva Casey Donovan, The Voice winner Diana Rouvas, folk musician Didirri, alternative singer-songwriter iOTA, Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen, multimedia artist Jaguar Jonze, newcomer singer-songwriter Jordan-Ravi, Indigenous artist Mitch Tambo, art-pop auteur Montaigne and pop legend Vanessa Amorosi.
Jack Vidgen has already released his competing song “I Am King I Am Queen”. Casey Donovan will perform a song titled “Proud”, Diana Rouvas will have “Can We Make Heaven”, Jaguar Jonze will take viewers down a “Rabbit Hole”, and Jordan-Ravi will be “Pushing Stars”. Vanessa Amorosi will enter one of the track from her new album Back to Love.
While the running order for the February grand final hasn’t been confirmed, Clarke says that the show will likely be opened by singer-songwriter iOTA. “We’re going to do something as absolutely off the wall as what we did with Kate. It’ll be dangerous. People watch Eurovision for the spectacle. Having an artist like iOTA in the competition is a licence for mischief.”
The grand final of Eurovision – Australia Decides will screen on Saturday 8 February at 19:30 AEST (10:30 CET).
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