With Eurovision – Australia Decides just over three weeks away, five more entrants have released their entries that they will be performing on the Gold Coast on February 7 and 8.
Among the five entrants include Casey Donovan, Diana Rouvas, iOTA, Jordan-Ravi and Mitch Tambo. The five join Jack Vidgen, who released his entry “I Am King I Am Queen” late last year.
Casey Donovan – “Proud”
Composed by songwriter Justine Eltakchi, Casey will be performing the ballad “Proud”. Despite sharing a song title with 2019’s Tamara Todevska, the similarities end there. A strong ballad about self-powerment, “Proud” is one part Celine Dion, one part Wilson Phillips. A song about “being strong, and standing tall and proud” the once-shy Casey has flourished as a musician — whether on stage or on screen. Both will crucially determine her placing on the Gold Coast.
Casey spoke about how proud she is of “Proud”:
“From the first line of the song to the end crescendo, I had fallen in love with this song, it spoke to me in a way music hasn’t in a very long time. ‘Proud’ is merely a reminder to yourself, to be proud of who you are, proud of all of the ups and downs, to keep getting up despite the pain and push forward no matter how many people put you down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy at that. It’s an anthem of self-love and acceptance – a little reminder that we have to stand tall and proud.”
Diana Rouvas – “Can We Make Heaven”
As the 2019 The Voice Australia winner, Diana should have no problems singing her entry, “Can We Make Heaven”. Lyrically, it makes lemonade from lemons – with Diana singing about deriving the heaven from hell. There’s a strong choir element to the track, with Diana’s vocals cutting through, hitting the high notes and hitting all minor chords. “Can We Make Heaven” is a masterclass in showing vocal range.
Diana spoke about how “Can We Make Heaven” came to be:
“‘Can We Make Heaven’ was inspired by the personal lessons we learn in life and how I feel we can choose to be empowered, choose to grow, create, manifest and be the light in the darkness. The last few months have been an incredibly difficult time for so many Australians affected by the bushfires and it has been so inspiring to watch the nation come together to support those in need. It is amazing to see what we can achieve when we all band together and I know our resilient spirits will see us through to find that light again.”
iOTA – “Life”
Don’t let the maniacal video clip fool you – iOTA lives and breathes out of this world. With a musicality best described as eclectic both in style and in substance, iOTA has delivered his typical style through his entry “Life”, penned by emerging songwriter Jesse Watt. Opening with a piano, “Life” is a hark back to a sound not to dissimilar to Freddie Mercury – yet still seems timeless. iOTA’s notes are high, full of breadth and depth, the trumpets are blaring, and the lyrics are, frankly, quite genius. Expect iOTA (aka the Doof Warrior) to pull some more magic as he takes this to the stage.
iOTA spoke about how he made Jesse Watt’s song his own:
“I really like this song… and it’s not my song, it was written by Jesse Watt – but I love it. ‘Life’ is inspirational and energetic, positive, mighty, heartfelt and fun… it’s been a joy to imbue my emotion and vibe into another writer’s song, to make it my own – and hopefully please the listeners.”
Jordan-Ravi – “Pushing Stars”
Colourfully described as an ‘enigmatic soulful singer-songwriter with a chocolate tone and a talent on the guitar’, Jordan-Ravi has aligned all his talents in “Pushing Stars”. Written by last year’s Australia Decides entrants George Sheppard and Tania Doko, Jordan hits the high-notes in this easy-listening, Sheppard-inspired track. The guitar strums are strong, the production is slick, and Jordan brings his charisma and charm in three minutes.
Jordan-Ravi spoke to wiwibloggs, telling us he was over the moon with the support he received in our poll, being considered one of the acts to look forward:
“I’m so happy that wiwibloggs has given me the opportunity to reach out to my fans and people who never heard of me! To be one of the top contenders on the artist poll is mind blowing and it’s given me so much positive energy going into the competition. I’m working really hard preparing for the show and I’m really looking forward to everyone finally hearing “Pushing Stars”. I hope to make everyone proud on the 8th of February and I just can’t wait to perform at Eurovision – Australia Decides.”
Mitch Tambo – “Together”
Described as “a true representative of Australia’s beauty, culture and talent” from former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, the First Nations singer Mitch Tambo has blended traditional sounds and language with contemporary beats and production in his entry “Together”, breathing modernity to a traditional culture.
The track features Indigenous Gilmaraay language and English, blended with the didgeridoo as the main instrumental. It’s both powerful and anthemic, as Mitch describes:
“‘Together’ is a really important song to me. It’s the culmination of everything I want to do with my music – to bring people from all walks of life, cultures and creeds together with a message of love, especially when so many are going through such tough times. It’s the perfect song for Eurovision, which is all about uniting people through music no matter what language they speak – or sing. I can’t wait to get out on that stage and perform this song for Australia, and the world.”
The five above entries join Jack Vidgen, who previously released his entry “I Am King I Am Queen”.
Yet to release or confirm their entries to Australia Decides are entrants Montaigne, Didirri, Jaguar Jonze and Vanessa Amorosi.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place again at the sunny Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 7 (preview show) and February 8 (Grand Final).
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