The land Down Under is hoping to come out on top at Eurovision 2022. And now SBS has confirmed the first three acts for their national final Eurovision — Australia Decides 2022. They are: Eurovision 2017 alum Isaiah Firebrace, Australia Decides fan favourite Jaguar Jonze and Australian Idol alum PAULINI.
More than 700 songs were submitted to the Eurovision – Australia Decides song portal during the four-week entry period. Shortlisted songs are currently in the process of being matched with artists.
Australia Decides 2022: First three artists
Isaiah took Australia to the Top 10 at Eurovision 2017 with his song “Don’t Come Easy”. The winner of the eighth season of X Factor, he’s a seasoned competitor used to the spotlight. Curiously, he’s singing a duet for this year’s national selection. Female talent on his management’s books include Jael Wena (JESC 2018) and Leea Nanos (Australia Decides 2018).
“I’m over the moon to be jumping onto the stage for Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022. When I first represented Australia at Eurovision in 2017, I was 17, it was my first time in Europe and I feel like everything was a blurry dream that went by so quickly – I’ve grown so much as a singer, a performer and as a person since then and I’ve definitely got unfinished business! I can’t tell you anything more except that I’m singing a duet with someone incredible and that we co-wrote the song. What I can tell you is that I cannot wait to share everything with you and that Eurovision – Australia Decides is going to be the biggest party on the Gold Coast. Until I can release the official Aus Decides duet, I’m keeping myself busy and releasing my own single “More Than Me” on November 12 – it’s going to be a very good Summer!”
You can’t define Jaguar Jonze — neé Deena Lynch. But if you tried you might mention that she’s a Taiwanese-Australian artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who served all kinds of amazing at Australia Decides 2020. Her performance of “Rabbit Hole” took her to sixth place and won her countless fans for its distinct vibe and her unbelievable stage presence.
“I am honoured and bubbling with excitement to be performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides again in 2022! The imagination, creativity and talent of the performances is always so inspirational, it’s such a special place to express yourself as a musician and an artist. My song is going to be a moment that celebrates our resilience and the little steps that lead to big change, as well as push my creative boundaries to another level. So much has happened since we were all together, and being back with the added strength of my Eurovision family and fanbase will make it a show worth waiting for. I can’t wait to see you on the Gold Coast!”
Paulini rose to fame during the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, finishing in fourth place behind eventual winner (and Australia’s first Eurovision competitor) Guy Sebastian. She landed a deal with Sony BMG and slayed the charts almost immediately. Her debut studio album One Determined Heart debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. You’ll likely know the platinum single “Angel Eyes”, which spent three straight weeks at #1.
“I’m super excited to be part of Eurovision – Australia Decides, after all it’s been ages since any of us have really been able to perform to anyone other than our families. That also means it’s been a little while since I’ve been able to belt out any of the big notes I’m known for. But that is something the audience can definitely expect to hear in my new single which I’ll be performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in 2022. Eurovision to me is like the Olympics for singers! It brings together so many countries and cultures— and while it’s a competition I see it as uniting much of the world through music.”
Among the composers whose songs made the cut is Toowoomba based musician Jude York. SBS will reveal the lucky artist set to sing his song in coming months.
“To think of my song being shared on such a monumental platform is truly mind-blowing. I wrote it with the amazing Billy Stonecipher about staying hopeful that dreams can come true. And now to have this opportunity as a queer artist in regional Queensland, I’ve never had a better reason to believe in that message! I can’t wait for everybody to hear this!”
About Eurovision — Australia Decides 2022
SBS sent the following info in their press release:
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS, and official artist accommodation partner Dorsett Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February.
Hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and talent. Australians are encouraged to vote for their favourite artist and song to represent the nation on the world’s biggest stage. The winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final which will be broadcast exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday 26 February.
Be a part of history and see it live at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets for the Jury Preview Show, Matinee Preview Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.
OPENING NIGHT SHOW Friday 25 February, 7.30pm AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
MATINEE SHOW Saturday 26 February, 1.00pm AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
LIVE TV FINAL Saturday 26 February, 7.30pm AEST (Live and Exclusive TV Broadcast on SBS – Tickets available)
Public Vote and Winner Announced
To purchase tickets: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=EUROVISI22
For Queensland accommodation packages see: here
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 airs live and exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday 26 February.
Broadcast times across Australia:
NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT 8:30pm – 11:00pm AEDT
QLD 7:30pm – 10:00pm AEST
SA 8:00pm – 10:30pm ACDT
WA 5:30pm – 8:00pm AWST
NT 7:00pm – 9:30pm ACST