Final Australia Decides 2022 Contenders Revealed, + TikTok comp Launched to Find Wildcard
SBS Australia and production partner Blink TV have finally revealed the final names to their Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February. In the fighting corner, previously announced songwriter Jude York has finally been confirmed as a performing artist, pinoy pop princess Seann Miley Moore, Perth metal quintet Voyager and newcomer Charley.
Watch the announcement and hear from the artists here:
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!”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
The list includes PAULINI, Jaguar Jonze, G-Nat!on, Sheldon Riley and Andrew Lambrou… and it all looks to be a rather diverse, and camptastic show! They all but complete the line-up with Isaiah Firebrace’s duet partner still yet to be revealed, AND:
SBS has also announced the launch of the TikTok Wildcard competition to find the 11th artist to compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides. The idea is that you post a vocal performance clip, up to one minute long, with the hashtag #EurovisionAustralia on TikTok. A panel of industry experts will then determine the winner, who will go on to round out a total line-up of 11 incredible artists on the Gold Coast – all chasing their dreams to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Italy.
The TikTok Wildcard Artist contest via #EurovisionAustralia is open for submissions from today until Sunday, 16 January 2022. There are no restrictions on the number of videos artists can submit. Entrants can submit a video as individuals or as a group with up to six members in total.
For the terms and conditions, and further information about how to enter, visit sbs.com.au/eurovision and follow @sbsaustralia on TikTok.
Also revealed in SBS’s press release this morning, Norwegian Eurovision fan favourites KEiiNO will perform as special guests at Australia Decides.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February, 2022, and we at ESC Bubble will be sure to connect with the artists closer to the time to talk about their chances of representing Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.