Like many other national finals, Australia Decides will return to the Gold Coast in 2022. After failing to qualify for the first time in 2021 with ‘Technicolour’ by Montaigne, who was internally selected after winning the selection in 2020 before Eurovision was cancelled, Australia will be hoping for a more positive result in the next contest.
SBS has announced the first 6 acts for 2022’s selection, and here you can learn more about them…
Sheldon Riley is no stranger to competitions, taking part twice in The Voice Australia and America’s Got Talent. Since participating in these shows, he’s released songs that display his strong vocal ability and avant-garde style.
Sheldon has told SBS that “it has always been the highlight, waking up at 5am every year to watch [Eurovision] from Australia” and that “it would be an honour to represent Australia and bring [his] sparkle to Europe”.
Will we be seeing Sheldon in Turin in May?
Andrew Lambrou boasts 1.5 million followers across his social platforms, rising to fame by posting covers online.
Andrew says he’s grown up watching Eurovision with his family, and that the potential to represent his country is “the most encouraging thought” for him. We don’t know what type of song he’ll be bringing to the contest, but based on his previous music it seems like it could potentially have pop elements.
G-Nat!on are a 6-piece girl band consisting of members Taylah, Emma, Isla, Alessia, Mateja and Rylee from Adelaide. The girls auditioned for the 10th season of The Voice Australia in 2021, placing fourth. Their music is a mixture of Pop and R&B, and it seems as if they’re looking to bring it to the Gold Coast in February 2022.
On their participation, G-Nat!on said they’re “beyond honoured to be the first-ever girl group to perform at Australia Decides” and that their song is “a dance-pop explosion set to provide the ultimate live show experience”.
Paulini rose to fame on the very first season of Australian Idol in 2003, making the final 4, losing to Australia’s 2015 Eurovision entrant Guy Sebastian. Since then, she has achieved a platinum-selling album and single and is now setting her sights on the stage at Australia Decides.
Paulini has said that we can definitely expect to hear some “big notes” from her and that she’s ‘super excited’ to be taking part in the contest.
Will she follow in Guy Sebastian’s footsteps and become the second act from the first season of Australian Idol to represent the nation?
You may recognise Isaiah Firebrace from Eurovision 2017, in which he represented Australia with ‘Don’t Come Easy’, placing 9th in the final. He shot to fame after winning X Factor in 2016 and has enjoyed success since. Isaiah will be singing a duet at Australia Decides, but we currently don’t know who he’ll be performing with.
Isaiah told SBS ahead of his participation that he has “grown so much as a singer, a performer and as a person” since he took part in Eurovision, saying he’s “definitely got unfinished business”.
Will we be seeing Isaiah back on the Eurovision stage next year?
Jaguar Jonze is returning to Australia Decides in 2022 after placing 6th in 2020 with ‘Rabbit Hole’. Jaguar was a huge fan favourite when she first took part, and many had been hoping to see her return to the contest. Jaguars return has unsurprisingly created hype amongst the Eurovision fandom, as we await to hopefully see another visually impressive performance from her.
She has told SBS that her “song is going to be a moment that celebrates our resilience and the little steps that lead to big change”, and one that will push her “creative boundaries to another level”.
Could this be Jaguars year?
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