Yesterday Australia selected its act for Eurovision 2020. But amid all the songs, glamour and voting of Eurovision – Australia Decides, guest performer Dami Im had a special announcement to make. The Stockholm 2016 runner-up revealed that she was hoping to make a Eurovision comeback — five years after her original appearance
Dami revealed that she was looking to get involved with Australia’s national selection for Eurovision 2021.
She made the announcement on stage, surrounded by show hosts Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, and fellow guest performer Måns Zelmerlöw. Dami told the audience, “Tonight I’ve had such a great time and I realise how much I love and miss Eurovision. So I’ve decided that next year I’m going to be throwing my hat in the ring to be on this stage to compete for Eurovision 2021!”
The announcement was met with enthusiastic applause and cheering from the Australia Decides audience.
Dami Im previously represented Australia at Eurovision 2016. Her song “Sound of Silence” placed first in its semi-final, topped the grand final jury vote and place second overall — giving Australia a tantalising taste of Eurovision victory.
The power ballad “Sound of Silence” remains a strong fan favourite and there are many who would like to see Dami have another turn.
But things are different now to how they were in 2016. Back then, broadcaster SBS internally selected their act for Eurovision. Since 2019, Australia has used its popular national final. While SBS has not confirmed its selection method for Eurovision 2021, it seems likely that they will again use the successful national final.
But even still, there’s no suggestion that Dami will have a guaranteed place in a potential 2021 national final.
It seems likely that Dami will be on the lookout for the perfect song to eventually take her to whichever lucky city gets to host Eurovision 2021. Songwriters of the world, take note!
Eurovision 2016 reunion – Dami Im performs with Måns Zelmerlöw
Earlier in the evening, Dami performed her new single “Marching On”. The song paid tribute to her mother, singing the praises of the woman who raised her to be the person she is today.
Dami also joined Eurovisoin 2015 winner (and the host of Dami’s Eurovision) Måns Zelmerlöw. They dueted on a new version of Måns’ single “Walk with Me”.
The performances showed that Dami is in top form and very much capable of tackling the demands that a Eurovision performance has.
What do you think? Should Dami Im return to Eurovision? What sort of song should she sing? Tell us your thoughts below!