NewsWritten by Tom Williams on February 23, 2016
It’s now clearer than ever that the push to get former Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll to appear wherever people breathe air isn’t going anywhere, because a new petition is calling for him to take over from his mate Guy Sebastian to represent Australia at Eurovision 2016.
Brisbane bloke Patrick Connors, who this week launched the petition to send Nollsie to Stockholm for this year’s Eurovision Song Competition, reckons the Condobolin local is the man to take over from Sebastian, who scored Australia “an adequate fifth place” at Eurovision 2015 after cruelly defeating Noll on Australian Idol back in 2003.
“Can you honestly think of one man that embodies the Australian ideals of persistence and mateship more than Shannon Noll?,” Connors says. “A measly fifth place wouldn’t be enough for Nollsy, the man would very well lead us to 1st given his calibre.”
Judging by this recent Instagram post by Nollsie himself, he’s kinda sick of being the runner-up… (also, is that a hole in the crotch of his jeans?)
Since being created two days ago, Connors’ petition to get Noll to Eurovision has seen over 100 signatures. To add your support for the cause, head to the petition on Change.org.
There was a very, very slight push to get Noll to Eurovision last year thanks to this Facebook page, but Guy Sebastian eventually took the spot. Since then, the Shannon Noll for Eurovision 2016 Facebook page has sprung up, because of course it has.
Elsewhere in the Nolliverse, fans have launched petitions to get the singer on the roster for the Groovin The Moo and Splendour In The Grass festivals, but so far Nollsie has only been named on the Ship-Wrecked! festival lineup, alongside the likes of Kingswood, Art Of Sleeping, The Delta Riggs, Thundamentals.
Eurovision organisers announced Australia’s second chance at taking out the Eurovision title in November 2015, with Eurovision 2016 set to take place in Stockholm’s Globe Arena on 10th, 12th and 14th May.
Gallery: 13 Acts Australia Should Have Sent To Eurovision (But Probably Wouldn’t Have)
Tkay Maidza - Why she should: She's emblematic of rising Australian talent and would help put an end to the world's clichéd views of Australian art and culture.
Why she won't: Not cliché enough.
Kirin J. Callinan - Why he should: Apart from the fact that he has a killer voice, Kirin J. Callinan's shows are known for being abrasive, surreal and often chaotic, pushing the limits wherever possible. Given the opportunity, Callinan can show the Europeans they're not the only ones with built in quirk.
Why he won't: OK perhaps he's too quirky, even for Eurovision.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Why he should: We have a captive audience on the world stage, a perfect platform to share the beautiful voice and music of a treasured Indigenous Australian.
Why he won’t: Not enough sequins.
TISM - Why they should: The people have spoken, give them what they want.
Why they won’t: Presently, they're broken up. (You might be able to change that though…)
Nick Cave - Why he should: No one can command a theatrical stage like our man Nick and in terms of European fans he's got them.
Why he won't: Too Brechtian for Eurovision. Still there's always the cameo option, if Kylie gets it.
B1 and/or B2 - Why they should: They're national treasures goddammit and with those cuts to the ABC they're going to need some international exposure.
Why they won't: If the Dustin The Turkey experience taught us anything, it's that the Eurovision is not kind to puppets.
Empire of the Sun - The Australia electro pop kings know how to put together a visual feast of a stage show.
Why they won't: It's likely they won't stick to Eurovision's maximunm of 6 people on stage rule. Plus no-one can find Nick Littlemore.
The Red Paintings - Why they should: Experimental art rock is their game and the Geelong act know how to work a costume department and a crowd, known for getting the audience up on stage to paint on human canvases during their shows.
Why they won't: Eurovision's not really big on the whole "audience participation" thing.
Hiatus Kaiyote - Why they should: They're a Grammy-nominated Australian future-soul band with a huge international following. Their music borrows ingredients from far-reaching places across the world and throws them together to create a distinctive soul-infused sound, like no other.
Why they won't: Hiatus Kaiyote's future soul stylings might just be too out of this world, even for Eurovision. And there's no way they'll be able to stick to that 3 minute song time limit.
Tripod - Why they should: They’re the perfect musical representation of our typically dry humour, and the idea of three laid back middle-aged smart arses singing about the Girl In The Comic Book Shop amongst the often deadly serious Euros speaks to our penchant for disrupting the status quo.
Why they won’t: Eurovision might be populated by a bunch of dags, but it’s just not the same if you’re aware of how daggy you actually are. Sorry, guys.
Courtney Barnett - Why she should: If you're after the quintessential Australian voice, Courtney Barnett has it and it's wonderful. She's a modern Australian storyteller, stringing together narratives with signature deadpan puns.
Why she won't: Given it's our first year competing, maybe we should ease up on the Aussie puns.
Ne Obliviscaris - Why they should: This Melbourne outfit are one of our most promising metal exports. Their dark, dramatic visage and cinematic brand of orchestral thrash proves that Aussies can metal with the best that Europe has to offer.
Why they won’t: Mainstream Australia might shrivel into their couches and turn to dust when they discover Aussie heavy metal bands with this much flair actually exist.