On Saturday the good folks at SBS Australia and Blink TV will bring us the second instalment of Eurovision: Australia Decides — the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2020. It features some of Australia’s best-known talents (think Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi) along with some of its freshest voices and most out-there queens. From reality show winners serving pure emotion and empowerment to avant-garde pop artists dropping eccentric tunes, there really is something for everyone.
Deban and I recently met up to react to all the goodness. This video is a whopping 45 minutes long, so we’ve included timestamps below and in the description of the video. You can always skip ahead to your favourite if we’re waffling a bit too much for you.
Australia Decides 2020: The Finalists and Song Titles
0:33 Casey Donovan – “Proud”
4:58 Diana Rouvas – “Can We Make Heaven”
8:08 Didirri – “Raw Stuff”
11:37 iOta – “Life”
16:08 Jack Vidgen – “I am King I am Queen”
20:00 Jaguar Jones – “Rabbit Hole”
23:20 Jordan-Ravi – “Pushing Stars”
26:35 Mitch Tambo – “Together”
29:59 Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me”
35:28 Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons of Love”
Paul Clarke on ‘Eurovision: Australia Decides’
Head of Delegation and Australia Decides producer Paul Clarke recently 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’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. So deep is the field that 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.
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).