Erica Padilla: “I Want People to Feel Like They Can Conquer the World.”

The scene is set: Airport Lounge. Day. TikTok Wildcard champion ERICA PADILLA waits to board her flight to the Gold Coast to compete in Australia’s Eurovision national final for 2022. She takes a call from Cain at ESC Bubble, opening with the question, what did it take to win the TikTok Wildcard competition?


We’ve spent some time checking out Erica’s entries on TikTok (you can visit here. Go on, we’ll wait…), and can confidently say she has the future star power to be able to hold her own in the competition. She has attracted millions of views across her TikTok Wildcard submissions and grew her following to more than 1.2 million fans across the world. And we can’t wait to see ‘To The Bottom’, go straight to the top!

“I feel like somebody needs to pinch me because I always hoped but never thought this could actually be possible! From performing to my phone in my bedroom to performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides and potentially the biggest stage in the world this year in Italy – now that would be a dream come true.” – Erica Padilla

Does Erica have what it takes to head to Turin and swoon over Mahmood in person? You decide.

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Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 airs live and exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday 26 February (AEST).

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