Back in October, SBS confirmed that Eurovision 2017 alum Isaiah Firebrace would compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 with an unknown duet partner. Now, nearly three months later, we finally know the artist. It’s pop-punk newcomer Evie Irie.
Evie Irie is ready to hit the stage.
“If there’s one thing I like as much as creating music for my own projects, it’s writing with other artists for their projects: it’s not work, it’s just fun!” she said in a statement. “So when Isaiah and his team asked me to do Eurovision with this random wonderful song called, When I’m With You, that we had such a great time writing together, I was seriously shook. I never EVER thought I’d have the chance to play at Eurovision and I just can’t say no to Isaiah.”
Isaiah is thrilled that the universe has brought them together. He said:
“Sometimes life takes you on a very unusual journey. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined doing Eurovision – Australia Decides with Evie Irie but I am so thankful that our planets aligned and we get to do this together. We wrote the song together, we jumped out of a plane together and we want to represent Australia together. Being together is what the song is all about and what the world needs right now. I’m incredibly proud to being doing this with Evie – she’s so unique and so special…wait until the world gets to know her like I have!”
Evie joins the already stacked Australia Decides line up. Besides her duet partner, it includes, in the words of SBS:
“…pop newcomer Charley, the fabulous Seann Miley Moore, Perth’s metal quintet Voyager, singer-songwriter Jude York, avant-garde performance artist Sheldon Riley, six-piece girl group G-NAT!ON, charismatic pop star Andrew Lambrou, powerhouse entertainer PAULINI, and multi-media artist Jaguar Jonze.”
SBS Head of Entertainment, Emily Griggs, said:
“Historically, duets create magical and memorable moments so SBS is thrilled to have Evie Irie team up with Isaiah Firebrace. This duet is no exception – it’s an impressive and catchy song. It will have you singing along in no time. It’s also an exciting time as the Eurovision – Australia Decides songs are starting to be released. The first songs from Voyager and Jude York highlighting what an important event this is in showcasing original Australian music.”
Are you excited by the news? Do you think Evie’s voice will work with Isaiah’s? Let us know down below!