SBS has revealed the first three artists who’ll be competing as part of Eurovision – Australia Decides next February, hoping to represent Australia at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
Isaiah Firebrace is returning for another shot at Eurovision glory after representing Australia at the contest in 2017, finishing ninth with his song ‘Don’t Come Easy’. He’ll be performing a duet with a yet-unannounced partner.
“When I first represented Australia at Eurovision in 2017, I was 17, it was my first time in Europe and I feel like everything was a blurry dream that went by so quickly,” Firebrace says. “I’ve grown so much as a singer, a performer and as a person since then and I’ve definitely got unfinished business.”
Jaguar Jonze, who returned with her blisteringly fierce single ‘Who Died and Made You King?’ earlier this month will also be competing to represent Australia, who said she was “honoured and bubbling with excitement” to be performing.
“The imagination, creativity and talent of the performances is always so inspirational, it’s such a special place to express yourself as a musician and an artist. My song is going to be a moment that celebrates our resilience and the little steps that lead to big change, as well as push my creative boundaries to another level.”
Australian Idol legend Paulini will also be competing next February, bringing a new single that she promises sees her “belt[ing] out the big notes I’m known for.”
“Eurovision to me is like the Olympics for singers! It brings together so many countries and cultures— and while it’s a competition I see it as uniting much of the world through music,” she added.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place on the Gold Coast on Saturday, 26th February 2022, hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst. Tickets are available here, and the final will also be broadcast on SBS. The full lineup is set to be revealed shortly.