Eurovision – Australia Decides have revealed the next four artists to compete in their national final in 2022. SBS have brought into the mix pop newcomer Charley, X Factor UK and The Voice Australia alum Sean Miley Moore, metal quintet Voyager and previously announced songwriter, Jude York.
While the four artists round out the 10 participants in Eurovision Decides, SBS and TikTok have joined forces and sprung a surprise wildcard entrant – announcing a national TikTok Wildcard contest to find an 11th artist to take part in Eurovision – Australia Decides.
Drumroll please ? ? ?— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) December 13, 2021
We're so thrilled to announce the final bunch of talented performers taking part in Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022: Seann Miley Moore, Voyager Australia, Charley & Jude York! pic.twitter.com/1o2l45uk5V
Australia Decides 2022: Next four revealed artists
Gold Coast born / Sydney-based emerging singer and songwriter Charley is a pop-diva in the making. Signing with record label EMI in 202, her debut single Hard For Me embraces female sexuality and unapologetic love, and has racked up tens of thousands of views on Youtube. Her second single Arizona introduces a more personal edge to Charley’s music, born from the anxiety that has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She describes her sound as pop, with a fusion of Katy Perry and Julia Michaels.
“Eurovision has always seemed so out of reach, but now I feel one step closer by performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast. I’m so excited as my family and I are huge fans and I can’t wait to do them proud. I wrote my song two and a half years ago about my biggest heartbreak, so being able to turn something so dark into something beautiful is a really special moment for me.”
Seann Miley Moore
Seann, who is trained in musical theatre, began his career in Helpmann award-winning productions The King & I and Sweet Charitybefore travelling to London where he was a finalist in X Factor UK in 2015, mentored by BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw. He also appeared in The Voice Australia in 2021.
Seann has headlined on the UK/European Gay Pride Circuit, including London Pride, appearing at London’s 02 Arena, and was featured at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. An embodiment of queer excellence, with a gorgeous sense of humour, Seann is known for pushing boundaries outside the heteronormative.
Seann Miley Moore said:
“I don’t stand here like ‘I want to be different’, ‘I want to be unique’, or ‘I want to wear all this to be seen and heard.’ I stand here as a proud queer man, a proud brown man and most importantly, a proud Australian – it comes down to authenticity and happiness. Doing all these things make me happy. They make me feel alive. That’s what matters. Eurovision is about celebrating your pride and I’m ready to give you all the fabulous joy baby! EveryBODY is welcome in Seann Miley Moore’s world – so Australia, pack your bags, we’re going to the Gold Coast! xoxo SMM.”
The progressive metal band from Western Australia Voyager have been active and on the scene since 1999. Having released seven full-length albums, five singles, and fourteen video clips, the seasoned professionals blend metal and pop and bring forward a positive, uplifting feeling to their music. Frontman Danny Estrin, a long-time Eurovision fanatic, brings a signature dose of ‘80s influenced vocals and hook-laden keytar lines over the top of genre-transfiguring, ultra-modern and prismatic hard rock has travelled the world many times over.
Voyager’s Danny Estrin (vocals and keytar) said:
“Eurovision is the greatest show on earth, so getting a chance to represent Western Australia and to showcase our keytar driven brand of heavy music is one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities to ever come our way!! So, thank you Australia for giving us the opportunity to take you on a voyage with us in what has been a lifelong dream.”
Newcomer Jude York has arrived on the international music scene and a flurry of interest, after being announced as a songwriter for the contest back in October. Jude has over 20 million streams already under his belt, and has amassed a strong following to his unique style of music. While releasing music under a variety of different projects, Jude has honed his proficient skills as a singer, songwriter, and producer.
Jude York said:
“When I found out that my song was selected from the portal, I was already incredibly honoured and excited. Now to know that I’m also performing it live on one of Australia’s biggest platforms is more than I could have possibly asked for! The song is all about believing that dreams do come true, and I feel like mine really are right now!”
TikTok Wildcard Contest to find 11th artist
While the four artists above round out the 10 known artists to compete at Eurovision – Australia Decides, SBS, Blink TV and TikTok have today announced a national TikTok Wildcard contest to find an 11th artist to take part in the national selection.
From today, Australians over 16 years of age can be in the running to become the TikTok Wildcard Artist to compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides. Entants need to post a vocal performance clip, up to one minute long, with the hashtag #EurovisionAustralia on TikTok. Entrants can sing and perform what they like, and a panel of industry experts will then determine the winner, who will go on to round out a total line-up of 11 artists on the Gold Coast.
The TikTok Wildcard Artist contest via #EurovisionAustralia is open for submissions from today until Sunday, 16 January 2022. Entrants can submit a video as individuals or as a group with up to six members in total.
And while 2016 Eurovision entrant Dami Im has ruled herself out of the running of this year’s national contest, SBS have assigned her ambassador of the TikTok wildcard entrant search. Dami’s TikTok account has released videos of tips and tricks on how to curate a powerful, Eurovision-worthy performance.
Singers assemble! ? Think you've got what it takes to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest? We're looking for an 11th artist to take the stage and compete as our Tiktok Wildcard Artist at Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022!— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) December 13, 2021
See the link below for all the info? pic.twitter.com/mpIru0QY4g
KEiiNO announced as guest performer at Eurovision – Australia Decides
Australian audiences will also be graced by Eurovision royalty. KEiiNO, the trio who represented Norway at Eurovision in 2019, will also be taking to the Gold Coast as the first stop of their Australian tour.
“We can’t wait to perform during Eurovision – Australia Decides, as the first stop of our Australian tour! To be guest-starring in this impressive line-up of artists is a true honour, and we promise to put on a show that will bring back memories of 2019 and turn them into an epic moment of 2022. The Australian audience is amazing, so there’s no other place in the world we’d rather be than on Gold Coast the last weekend of February!”
About Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022
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