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The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Australia, who have chosen Voyager with “Promise”.

Are we loving the thunder from down under? Read on to find out!

Voyager – “Promise” (Australia Eurovision 2023)

Review: Voyager – “Promise”

Oliver: You want modern progressive rock done right, you call Voyager. The Perthian metalheads have spent years honing their craft, and with “Promise” they’ve got their formula down to a tee. From its ear-worm quality to the astounding scream vocals, this song combines memorable singalong passages with dynamic and inventive instrumentation. The oh-ohs in the chorus may be simplistic, but the best refrains often are. And with expressive melodies, commanding vocals and striking visuals, this will stick with viewers long after the Aussies close out semi-final two.

Score: 8.5

Dayana: The song isn’t my cup of tea, however I think this entry has great potential on the stage. Australia has always blessed us with incredible performances, so if Voyager manage to convey the same energy as in the music video, and add something extra, they will surely win the hearts of rock fans.

Score: 6

Kristín: Oh my beloved Australia. You promised a banger, and oh boy, did you deliver! This ’80s infused synth-metal number makes me so unbelievable happy that I might just explode. It’s catchy, it’s fun, it has an epic guitar/keyboard solo and the growling beat drop in the middle is a sweet icing on a perfect cake. Honestly, what’s not to love? And the band is just so filthy cool as well. I want to be in a platonic, polyamorous relationship with all of them! If this is Australia’s last dance in Eurovision, they definitely chose to go out with a bang. Thank you Voyager and I promise you that you have my eternal, undying love.

Score: 10

Samuel: “Promise” is unlike any other song Australia have sent to Eurovision since their debut, and perhaps for good reason. I am glad that Australia are giving us variety and Voyager could certainly put on a stunner of a show. That being said, for me, my Australia streak has run out. I prefer “Sound of Silence”, both musically and metaphorically.

Score: 5

Antranig: My favourite thing about “Promise” is its development over the course of three minutes. This is a journey with a clear start and destination. Viewers who are unfamiliar with Voyager will be in for a surprise with the evolution of the song and Voyager are bound to put on a big live performance. If Australia Decides 2022 is anything to go by, Voyager will be a huge televote favourite and will bring the house down when closing the semi-final. I’m proud to have them representing my country!

Score: 7.5

Australia Eurovision 2023 ranking

In the Eurovision 2023 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Cinan: 7.5

Deban: 6

Diego: 5.5

Forrest: 5.5

Jonathan: 6.5

Lucy: 9

Luis: 7

Pablo: 6

Renske: 6.5

Rick: 8

Ron: 4.5

Ruxandra: 6

Simon: 7

Tom: 7.5

William: 5.5

We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.69/10

What do you think of Australia’s Eurovision 2023 entry? Share your own score and review for Voyager’s “Promise” below!

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Channel Steve
Channel Steve
9 months ago

This is in a whole different universe from the rest of the competition. The fact that large numbers of people think the Israel and Sweden entries are favourites just goes to show how little credibility this competition has and how little its voters know about music. The Sweden entry, in particular, is torture to both the ears and the intelligence.

“Promise” is a better track & performance than either Maneskin or Lordi gave us, and they were both winners. If Voyager doesn’t win the whole thing, Eurovision and their fans will become an instant laughing stock.

Spy
Spy
9 months ago

The only good thing that can come from Voyager doing Eurovision is that more people will get to know them and appreciate their music. I don’t see what else they can gain from going against a plethora of former Voice contestants and awful pop songs that have no place in the music business ( with a few exceptions ). These are numbers that you listen a couple of times before and during the contest and then are shelved never to be listened to again. Theirs may be a proper song, more or less condensing what they have been doing in… Read more »

Dave
Dave
10 months ago

Australia getting an average score below 7 by wiwijury is criminal. Just goes to show that many of you don’t know anything about music.

Yuarith
Yuarith
10 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Themselves they say it: “our jury made up of music unprofessionals”

Kristian
Kristian
10 months ago

They’re a very experienced band with a decent song. Really like the chorus , the verses not so much. Their NF entry last year was better. The last slot in the semi definitely helps them. A decent song overall.
Semi:6-10
Overall: 15-24

Héctor
Héctor
10 months ago

I think I prefer “Dreamer”. They were my 2nd that year for Australia. I like the verses more than the chorus. Anyway, I’m expecting “Promise” to be elevated live on stage with their energy and the technical equipment around. I’m not too sure if they will make it to the final because Australia tends to do better with the jury. Given the fact that they are in the 2nd SF makes it a little bit easier though. Whatever it is, it feels good to have some rock (in its electronical variant) in Eurovision. I hope both Latvia and Slovenia are… Read more »

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
10 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

I agree with you, the verses are better than the chorus and they’re seasoned pros, I’m confident they’ll sail through

Amar pelos dopis
Amar pelos dopis
10 months ago

Australia 10/12

esclou
esclou
10 months ago

i didn’t find this super memorable on the first listen which is the only thing i can think of which could be the song’s downfall. since then i have found myself singing this a lot! i didn’t love dreamer, i prefer promise 🙂 there are a few similar bands this year, but i think voyager’s sound, stage presence, and favourable running order are what will make them stand out in their semi-final! 8/10

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

No matter how we feel about “Promise”, I guess 10 in 10 would agree that Voyager is a band that immediately transmits an image of being seasoned professionals that won’t be on that big stage by accident. I firmly believe this will be their biggest strength when Eurovision comes. They know how to put up a show and rock a stage, they’re super comfortable on their skin and they’ll find an audience to their sound, just like The Rasmus did last year. The song itself a grower to me. It has several interesting moments and their sound can’t be mistaken with… Read more »

Anita
Anita
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It is also one if my few growers. Concerning the interesting moments just watch this reaction of a musician:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BgOrfqLT31A

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Anita

Ironically, the best thing about this song is that we need a few listens to get every detail (and avoiding getting too attached to things we don’t like, in my case, the beginning of the lyrics), while in Eurovision the first impact counts more.

While this one keeps growing on me, there’s an specific song that has a strong immediate impact and the more I listen the less I like it. What can I say? This game can be cruel sometimes.

Anita
Anita
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I know

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
10 months ago

I usually don’t care about the Australian entry at all but I don’t mind this one, so it’s an improvement in that regard at least, it’s the type of song that I’ve barely listened to yet still pops up in my mind sometimes, maybe a good sign when it comes to their ESC prospects? Yes, it does feel like an Eurovisionized version of a band that has clearly released more interesting stuff before, but it’s still doing a much better job at that than something like Blood and Glitter, taking all of that into account plus the band’s experience and… Read more »

Craig
Craig
10 months ago

I think this will almost certainly be the last we see of Australia at Eurovision.
The current SBS Managing Director is considerably cooler on the contest than his predecessor and more focused on local dramas and documentaries.
I also sense Martin Osterdahl is much less keen on Australia’s presence at the contest than Jan Ola Sand was.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago

Alright fellow Wiwi commenters, this song is actually better than alright. It has real direction in its music: A beginning, a chorus statement, a development, a rock-out break, an instrumental with two solos and a fantastic drive to the finish. Verse 1 starts with some really nice mood-setting melodies hovering between soft G minor, E-flat and some other chords; and the rhythm of the lyrics fits very well here. The Pre-Chorus raises us up to brighter B-flat and C chords to help state “I’m here tonight,” in case we hadn’t already noticed. I really like the emotion in the lead… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The start of the lyrics make a huge flub with such unnecessary repetition, that I was already tuned out enough to even notice some of the nicer qualities you mention. Like with job interviews, the first impression is crucial.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Favourite outro of the season eh? That’s not a bad call. It’s definitely the strength of this song but, I think there’s some other contenders for me. Latvia’s is masterful and Armenia’s just feels so well-earnt. Australia is definitely up there though.

Fatima
Fatima
10 months ago

Please let this song do well. I think Danny is the best singer in this year’s contest and I love his perfect enunciation of “I’m” and “alright” (yes, lesser vocalists, that word does have a t at the end, not a y). It stinks that they have to mime the instrumental break, because we all know that can do it live as well.

Reish
Reish
10 months ago

While this builds well, it doesn’t build up to that point where it would be on a constant replay for me. Other than that it’s enjoyable, and with a great stage show it might do well enough to get to the left side of the scoreboard.

Lydia
Lydia
10 months ago

Lyrics are simple but that could be the point.
Reassurances that ‘everything is alright’ (expressions of love and friendship) and a desire for emotional respite are not in themselves complex. What is sometimes, complex is that which we break away from, and maybe the moods we go through if we try to break away. The music conveys a variety of moods – intimacy (have YOU ever … questioning the listener), anger/turbulence (the metal bit), euphoria (the instrumental solos) and big vocal finish. The chorus was very well received by the Madrid pre-party crowd because it was simple (language no barrier)

Amar pelos dois
Amar pelos dois
10 months ago

Australia 10/12

Patrick
Patrick
10 months ago

Should qualify for the final but that’s about the extent of it. Australia always fare poorly on the televote in the final so they will be reliant on juries, who always vote for Sweden and pretentious songs. Possible bottom 4

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
10 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

Actually that’s incorrect. I think (I don’t have the exact statistics on me now, wiwibloggsmaybe you might?) you’ll find that most aussie acts have qualified with the televote alone.

Noam600
Noam600
10 months ago

It’s wonderful, love the music, it’s like game theme… 7/10 in my top.

  1. Israel – outstanding! I’m speechless!
  2. Sweden – amazing as always!
  3. UK – sooo catchy, love it!
  4. Norway – powerful! I like it!
  5. Poland – catchy and funny
  6. Netherland – love the vibe
  7. Australia – sound like PC game theme
  8. Cyprus – great song
  9. Czechia – love it also
  10. France – diva, the song is very good

This is only my favorites, that doesn’t mean other songs aren’t good…

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

So this is good and most likely end up in the top3 in their semi. But in the final it will be completely different story – probably 18-22 place or sth like this. I still compare this to Dreamer which was superior in my opinion.

Fatima
Fatima
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I hope you are wrong but something like that happened to Sheldon, didn’t it?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

The lyrics are definitely one of the weaker parts of the package but yeah, I can’t imagine it’s in any genuine danger of not qualifying. It’s going to stand out.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

Might get long with this but it is a tricky one. Actually seeing it rated and ranked below Malta by me was a bit of surprise. There are elements of the song that completely don’t work when it comes to my personal taste but, at the same time, I’m still trying to assess them as objectively as possible when it comes to how it is likely to perform at Eurovision in terms of result. In short, I think it is a much better song for a Eurovision audience than the very small audience of one (no matter how impeccable one’s… Read more »

Zanoni
Zanoni
10 months ago

“Dreamer” was a really cool song (10/10) This is a passable song with a lot of really cool bits— the solo, the growl, the ending. Voyager have so much positive energy that they sell me on some lyrics I’d find cheesy elsewhere. The last minute elevates this song, but I miss that instrumental interplay from “Dreamer.” Still, I’m glad to see them and I’m counting on a good show. 7/10

Zanoni
Zanoni
10 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

I started doing partial points later on, and I’m gonna bump this up to 7.5, it deserves it.

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
10 months ago

I am listening to this band privately, since I like rock/metal. They have some issues in their songs since they always fail to make a hook, which is especially important for ES. Dreamer lacked it too. Also lyrics are not their strongest point.

Everything else is great. Overall, among the music I am listening to on a daily basis I would say they are an ok band, nothing special, for this contest, I would give them 9/10.

Vivian
Vivian
10 months ago

This is actually one of my favorite songs of the year, and a really underrated one at that! The instrumentation is great, the vocal composition is great… There’s not a single thing I can think of that isn’t good about this, other than the chorus’s ‘oh-oh’ parts being a bit basic, but that’s totally fine.

It’s a 9/10 for me, and possibly my favorite Australian entry

Fan eurovision
Fan eurovision
10 months ago

La zarra first live performance tv no problem technic https://youtu.be/nIn0hCSQUX8

Efthymios
Efthymios
10 months ago

I do have a soft spot for the alternative rock/metal and electronic fusion and I expected nothing less but an utter banger from the Voyager. That chorus sticks to your mind immediately and overall, the rhythm is fantastic. They literally own the stage and they’re excellent live performers. I predict a much higher score than most people think they will earn at the end, they have the televote top-10 secured. My #15 with an 8.5/10 rating. BEST OF LUCK TO THEM!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Televote top ten sounds about right to me, too!

Emily
Emily
10 months ago

23) Australia – I’m very happy to see Voyager at Eurovision after their NF appearance last year. I don’t think this song is as good as Dreamer, but I still think it’s pretty good. The growls are of course my favourite part and seeing as they’re closing out SF2, I think they’ll most likely qualify. 6/10

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
10 months ago

“Promise” is a Schrodinger’s song to me.   I recognise that it has a lot of theoretically exciting moments – the cho-oh-oh-rus, the hair whipping, the mid-song demonic possession, the guitar solo so cool the temperature in my room drops by at least five degrees. They just don’t excite me. For now.   I trust a band that’s been around longer than 16 of this year’s participants have even been alive. Judging by the running order, we’re in for a spectacular showcase of their multi-multi-instrumentalist powers. Much of their success hinges on whether they’ll be able to bring a full-scale… Read more »

MaryFT
MaryFT
10 months ago

Modern progressive rock? Wiwijury you need to find other sources of music than Eurovision

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
10 months ago

Nice interview. I like the band Voyager and their song “Promise” very much and wish them good luck in Liverpool.

Pablo Nava
Editor
10 months ago

I feel this is going to be more impactful than their past songs. It just feels like it lends itself to a bigger statement.

It’s also a great closer to the semi

ESCJake23
ESCJake23
10 months ago

I think Voyager will surprise people. They definitely are excellent t performers so I expect a memorable show that will get votes. It is not my type of music but there is enough here to intrigue an eclectic group of fans.

Timi
Timi
10 months ago

They own the stage; Australia will do better than some people think. I mean, they just KNOW how to charm the audience.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

AUSTRALIA – It makes sense sending the group who won the televote last year, with their new offering being as good as the last one. This energetic pop-rock song ticks many boxes to satisfy both die-hard rock fans and the mainstream audiences. The structure feels unpredictable and constantly keeps you alert. The instrumentation is quite fun, especially the guitar solo. The narrative behind the lyrics is perhaps a tad too broad, but I see it as giving someone solace while encouraging them to try new things in life. I expect them to fully embrace the opportunity of closing the semi… Read more »

Thanos
Thanos
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

We seem to agree on this one as well! I believe that the fact that this song is so accessible is the main reason why it will do well. Voyager are a progressive rock/metal band but they manage to produce a sound that is both rock and electronic, both rock and more light. Many different people will like the uplifting energy this one offers. And as a semi final closer, I think they will do really good in the second semi final (I even consider voting for them in the semi).

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

I think the song is televoting-friendly, but Australia will need all the help it can get, as traditionally, their jury score has most often been higher than their televoting power. I agree. This is a good song. One of the better ones in semi 2, and deserves to qualify. They are combining pop and rock elements pretty well, making it feel uncompromising, yet acessible at the same time. Style-wise, it reminds me a bit of Cyprus 2016, which also managed to balance those two components pretty well.

Thanos
Thanos
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Australia’s recent televoting score is surely a worry of mine. Still I think an NQ would be really difficult. I agree about the comparison with Cyprus 2016. I really like that song and it was in my top 5 of 2016. I liked it even more than this year’s Australia.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

I agree, Cyprus 2016 is a great entry, and I have it ranked even higher too.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I would also add Pastora’s “Quedate conmigo” (mostly for her being amazing tho), and his revamp on Nina’s “Warrior”. Well, Loreen too, but that’s another story.

Thanos
Thanos
10 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

I wouldn’t call it awful but it certainly wasn’t as appealing as this year’s song can be. Still though I don’t think Australia has the best track record with the televoting. But I think it will ultimately be enough to qualify.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

I would rather call it unappealing and lacking personality – maybe also a bit pretentious and self-absorved despite all the good intention I’m sure he had (which I appreciate being autistic and gay myself). I’m not surprised it failed.
Tbf Australia has always fared better with the juries, and someone might want to blame the obvious lack of neighbour and diaspora voting for that, although I guess there’s more factors accounting for this disparity.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The comparison sounds valid. Cyprus 2016 was very underrated and it was in my Top 10 in a very strong year. I hope that Australia 2023 will do better. As I said below I expect to be better ranked by juries -especially given Australia’s recent record- but it should resonate at least with a part of the audience.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

“Too broad”. Again, relying on Colin to come up with the term to express my issue with something better than I myself can! I often wonder, especially with entries that are being performed by native English language speakers, why you never go back and simply revisit some of the lyrics and make alterations when they’re approaching *this* level of basic. It’s not actually that hard. This year’s Voyager’s entry does feel like it’s kinda been neutered in order to be more mainstream “Eurovision-y” rock and I still don’t know why so many acts go down this route for Eurovision. Italy… Read more »

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

In this case, I feel like ”too broad” applies (although calling them ”basic” is also understandable). The lyrics are functional and grammatically correct, but not exactly very creative. I imagine that some artists opt on using them in order to gain attention among the broadest circles of people as possible. Fluent speakers will mostly find them fine enough not to complain, and less fluent ones are more likely to still get a grasp of what the song is about. I agree that it feels a bit ”neutered” in comparison with Maneskin, but I still like the song.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

PS. I feel like in a lot of cases, using clear, but not too complicated lyrics can be just as good as using more sophisticated metaphors. In certain cases, they can be even better for successfully conveying the message. In this case, ”too broad” also applies to the fact that they leave some space to interpret them in different ways, without that necessarily being the intention.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

You rightfully point out why I find these lyrics to be very broad and open to interpretation. ”Anything like this” could apply to any activity the listener wanted to do for a long time, but didn’t have time, courage, or energy to do. I feel like the main point is encouraging someone to take risks within a (relatively) safe environment. Dare to try new things, because you’ll still supported and loved. In fact, if so, it’s a very lovely message. Still, perhaps not defined enough.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

*you’re*, not *you’ll*, of course. 🙂

Lydia
Lydia
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Maybe it can be further defined through performance and staging.
If daring to try new things is a possible meaning, then the band’s appearance at Eurovision is the metaphor.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I do wonder to what extent non-native speakers would take exception with language, particularly in rock songs, that would be obscure or verbose. I don’t think you need to overly-simplify the message of your song but I could be wrong completely.
And agreed. Australia is in the “liked” portion of my Eurovision menu this year.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I think that ”fluent” is the term I’m looking for here, not necessarily ”native”. People who speak English as the native language, or second / third / fourth, but have a good grasp over it, might be more inclined to dwell over the lyrics, and find them too simple at times. However, I feel like in this particular case, they are *just okay enough* not to draw major criticism from them. Non-fluent audiences who aren’t interested in translating it might only nod to music and not care at all. But then we have a *huge amount* of people who are… Read more »

Lydia
Lydia
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Maybe the lyrics are ‘open’ rather than prescriptive, allowing listeners to insert whatever, needs/concerns they have. The opening lines invite our engagement with ‘the journey’; the music takes us on a ride into the light. The only certainty that the lyrics give me is that we gain comfort from another or standing in solidarity with another. This is enacted by the guitar/ keytar ending where they stand side by side giving it there all..

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago

Rock is usually not my thing, and the problem are the guitars. I can cope with noise, if it’s used strategically, so I am rather fond of everything rock that uses sounds that are usually not associated with rock – let’s use progressive rock as an umbrella term, not as the specific 60s/70s genre, I immediately think of when I hear the words “prog rock”. So, what Voyager are serving should not be unpleasant for me. And I do have a lot of positive things to say about this entry: It is well composed, there’s playfulness in the melodies, they… Read more »

Slimax
Slimax
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

You’ve made some great valid points. Who’s in your top five this year?

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Slimax

I can’t reveal my top five just yet, it’s part of the fun to slowly discover all our favorite and least favorite songs over this series. I can’t kill the suspense, can I? 😉

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

That’s really interesting because, even though this isn’t one of my favourite entries, and I actually have it ranked pretty similar to yourself, this just would never be a song that I would skip when it comes on!

I find it really easy to listen to. I think, having the knowledge that the climax of the song is actually rather good, helps me get through those rockier earlier moments though.

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

To be fair, I skip a lot of songs this year, and this is on the brink of my “just let it play” category, which – truth be told – is also filled with a lot of songs I often skip. 2023 in this respect is not that dissimilar to 2020.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
10 months ago

best australian entry to date! amazing catchy rock song

shame this is a very predictable year though of the overhyped Loreen 6th eurovision win 🙁

Leo M
Leo M
10 months ago

This has grown on me, it is the kind of music I like but still on the fence about it qualifying

Nikki
Nikki
10 months ago

At my #10. I do have a soft spot for alternative rock and the song is, for me, pretty good. Highest I’ve ever had Australia in my ranks.

Thanos
Thanos
10 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Even if it’s an unpopular opinion, it’s also the highest I have ever had Australia in my ranks! Most Australian entries didn’t resonate with me as much as this one. The second best Australian entry after this for me was Montaigne in 2020.

West
West
10 months ago

Australia is my winner this year – do I expect them to actually win? No, but I don’t really care. I’ll send them my votes (unless they fail their live performance) and hope for the best result.

Kosey
Kosey
10 months ago

14. Voyager – Promise (Australia) – 7.5/10 – the electronica and rockier elements combine well to serve what I’m sure will be a strong crowd-pleaser in the arena. I’m hoping for a big light show with lots of epic, wide shots.

Vera
Vera
10 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Completely agree with everything, they’re even my number 14 as well! Live show will be a make it or break it for them (but I’m leaning towards make it for sure).

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

As much as I think closing the show should be a benefit for an act such as Voyager, I do worry that they’re at the end of a block that’s containing some genuine crowd darlings such as Monika and Teya/Salena. The audience might not have a lot to give at this point.

And make no mistake, a song like “Promise” really needs that audience reaction and participation. It could come across really cringe-y on TV, if everyone is just deadpanning it.

Thanos
Thanos
10 months ago

8th place: AUSTRALIA: I find this song very fun and catchy. It’s a song that is right up my alley musically and the guitar riff at the end is really good. I also couldn’t help but admire the clever use of the Australian scenery towards the end of the music video. The lyrics are rather unimaginative, which can be off-putting perhaps, but the general uplifting feel of the song makes up for it. They seem likeable and the song is easy on the ears even for non-rock listeners. With an epic, stadium rock performance, I believe Australia will surely qualify.… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

Also think that this is a bit of a return to form for Australia after a few not-so-impressive song selections from their national final. That televote result from last year seems to have been a blessing in disguise for them, in terms of how it has affected their approach this time around.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago

This is an interesting one and definitely a grower. I enjoy the mix of genres and Voyager are also very good live elevating the song. I really like that Australia are sending something different this year, although I have to say that I prefer their previous song “Dreamer”.
It’s a 7.5/10 and 18th in my ranking. I expect Australia to qualify and probably finish mid table in the final, doing better with the juries than with televoting.

Scott
Scott
10 months ago

For Australia’s (most likely) final entry into ESC ever- this track is strong- it tells a story, it evolves beautifully and on stage /live I think this is going to shine…however- there is a lot going against it getting past the 100% public vote semi finals- its not a power ballad, its not made up of pretty boys or Diva’s and , to put it quite bluntly- its prey for those who continue to resent Australia even being in ESC in the first place(and unfortunately there are many of them out there)……so as much as I really like it as… Read more »

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
10 months ago

They got what international jury took off them last year. Justice to say the least. Although this is non on a “Dreamer” level for me, this is a pretty decent track. Both modern and retro, 2 generations colliding and the result is great. It doesn’t get the attention it should, but I think Voyager will offer a huge show in Liverpool and will get appreciated finally. If this is actually their last entry in ESC, then it’s a great way to go! Well done, Aussies!

Rating: 8/10 (13th)

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
10 months ago

My bad, only Alexandra Rotan was not from Australia now that I think about it. Still, justice!

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
10 months ago

It’s not certain that this is their last entry, although the invitation to SBS to participate hasn’t been extended after 2023 yet. I thought that this was linked with the potential launch of Eurovision Asia contest, but since this seems unlikely to happen anytime soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are given an extention to their participation although this remains to be seen.

SunChine
SunChine
10 months ago

Have you ever done anything like this before?
Have you ever done anything like this before?
If?you’ve?never done anything?like this before.

This text at the start always makes me cringe so hard.

But I like guitar solo the most!

Overall : 6/10

Vera
Vera
10 months ago

My number 14 this year, a grower, will sound better live. I see them in the final, but not doing anything great there.

Karl
Karl
10 months ago

It’s an okay song, not very remarkable, however. This being the last song by Australia, one of the strongest countries at Eurovision, it makes you wonder why they’re going out with a whimper instead of a roar — especially since it got internally selected. They really could have chosen to send something outstanding and with more pazzazz. The song is still pleasant, though.

Esc addict / Shut up and watch my ...
Esc addict / Shut up and watch my ...
10 months ago

This song has a big potential, it’s a mix of different genres and it works well, the singer is charismatic and has good vocals, moreover they close their semi so they only have to bring a good staging and they have everything to qualify imo.