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?

Curtain. 

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.

Who should win Australia Decides, and represent Australia in Eurovision 2022?
  • Sheldon Riley - Not The Same 46%, 1069 votes
    1069 votes 46%
    1069 votes - 46% of all votes
  • Voyager - Dreamer 15%, 358 votes
    358 votes 15%
    358 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Charley - I Suck At Being Lonely 9%, 221 vote
    221 vote 9%
    221 vote - 9% of all votes
  • Jaguar Jonze - Little Fires 8%, 177 votes
    177 votes 8%
    177 votes - 8% of all votes
  • G-Nation - Bite Me 5%, 128 votes
    128 votes 5%
    128 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Paulini - We Are One 4%, 104 votes
    104 votes 4%
    104 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Andrew Lambrou - Electrify 4%, 95 votes
    95 votes 4%
    95 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Jude York - I Won't Need To Dream 2%, 57 votes
    57 votes 2%
    57 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie - When I'm With You 2%, 45 votes
    45 votes 2%
    45 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Seann Miley Moore - My Body 2%, 41 vote
    41 vote 2%
    41 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Erica Padilla - To The Bottom 2%, 37 votes
    37 votes 2%
    37 votes - 2% of all votes
Total Votes: 2332
Voters: 1685
February 17, 2022 - February 25, 2022
Voting is closed

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

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