SBS has continued their drip-feed of acts for their national final Eurovision — Australia Decides 2022. On Friday in Australia it added three more artists to the mix. They include: America’s Got Talent and The Voice Australia finalist Sheldon Riley, Adelaide-based girl-troupe G-NAT!ON and social media star Andrew Lambrou.
Australia Decides 2022: Next three revealed artists
The ever avant-garde Sheldon Riley first gained attention as a contestant and grand finalist on The Voice Australia in 2018, before returning to the show in 2019 as an All-Star. Known for his unique appearance and his crystal-draped mask, his performance of “Frozen” by Madonna has garnered over 14 million views on YouTube. Similar to Eurovision — Australia Decides alumni Jack Vidgen, Sheldon auditioned for America’s Got Talent with success and praise from the likes of Simon Cowell and Sofia Vergara. With the likes of international pop sensations Sam Smith and Adam Lambert among his fans (and Instagram followers), Sheldon has carved his way into the Australian music scene as a future-forward ultra pop-ballad sensation. Expect a Sheldon spectacular!
“It has always been the highlight, waking up at 5am every year to watch from Australia. Growing up on the Gold Coast, watching Conchita for the first time was proof to me that the world will choose different if given the chance to see it. I am different but I have found my place on mainstream television where I never fit the mould, on radio that has never played music like mine, festivals you’d never think I’d fit the bill for because I always dare to dream… in my fashion and my music always bringing that little bit of Eurovision magic with me every time. I’m so proud of the artist I am today, wearing my crystal mask in so many parts of the world. It would be an honour to represent Australia and bring my sparkle to Europe! After all these years of dreaming and creating the artist I am today. It’s all coming to life in epic fashion, LIVE on stage!”
Formed at the Australian Company of Performing Arts, Adelaide-based G-NAT!ON are a six-piece, all-girl R&B/Pop group, comprised of Taylah (18), Isla (17), Mateja (16), Rylee (17), Alessia (17) and Emma (18). The girls combine powerhouse vocals with incredible moves to deliver a pop show experience. Despite being independent and unsigned, the troupe made it to the grade final of The Voice Australia this year under the mentorship of Rita Ora. With a polished package, you can expect these girls to bring the house down in harmony.
Emma from the group said:
“We are beyond honoured to be the first ever girl-group to perform at Eurovision – Australia Decides! It is so exciting to be a part of the creativity, inspiration, and diversity that Eurovision brings every year, and we cannot wait to bring our song to life on the national stage. Full of strong harmonies and edgy choreography, our song is a dance-pop explosion set to provide the ultimate live show experience. We hope our performance inspires other young people to be strong, powerful, and confident in themselves – see you on the Gold Coast!”
Sydney-based Andrew Lambrou is a singer-songwriter from a Greek-Cypriot family. He first attracted attention in 2013 after uploading a cover of the Evanescence ballad, “My Immortal”, to YouTube, before making it to the top 20 of The X Factor Australia in 2015 at only 17 years old. His music to date has been described as being pop interspersed with dark elements, brought together with an uplifting positive message. Andrew is often inspired by movie music and cinematic themes, and has released covers on his YouTube channel of songs by Harry Styles, Camilla Cabello and Sam Smith, among others. He released his first original song, “Throne”, in early 2021.
Joining the 2022 Eurovision Australia Decides lineup, he said:
“I’m so thrilled to be a part of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022! I’ve grown up watching Eurovision with my family, admiring all that goes into it and seeing artists show their craft to the world, and to be a part of this show is like a dream come true. I’m so excited to show Australia my artistry, and to potentially represent my country in this amazing song contest is the most encouraging thought for me.”
Sheldon, Andrew and G-Nat!on join previously revealed entrants to Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 including Isaiah Firebrace, Jaguar Jonze and PAULINI.
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