Australia’s Eurovision jury for 2017 will consist of music theatre actress Lucy Durack, transgender performer Jordan Raskopoulos (pictured), conductor Stephen Capaldo, cabaret performer Jackie Loeb, and music director Peter Hayward.
The jury has again been appointed by SBS in accordance with Eurovision criteria.
The 5 will allocate 50% of Australia’s votes in the Semi Finals and Final, during Live broadcasts in Kyiv next week.
Lee Lin Chin will also return as Australia’s Eurovision spokesperson!
Lucy is one of Australia’s leading ladies of the stage, with a list of major roles to her credit. She has won awards for her roles of Glinda in Wicked and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical. She performs regularly in concert and has a popular radio show ‘My Soundtrack’ on the ABC.
Jordan is a comedian, musician and digital content creator. She is best known as the lead singer of The Axis of Awesome, a world-renowned musical comedy group and YouTube Juggernaut. Jordan also hosts ‘This is About’, a narrative non-fiction podcast on ABC.
Steven is a conductor and music educator working with symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, chamber ensembles and in community music and education. He is an active composer and arranger. His works have been performed and recorded in Australia, Canada and the U.S.A.
Jackie maintains her reputation as a stand-up comedian, while distinguishing herself as an actor, musician and writer. She has performed cabaret shows at New York City’s ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ and had a sell-out season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. She has released two albums, and brings her latest stand-up show Forty-five to the Sydney Comedy Festival this week.
Peter has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. He has performed as a Music Director across Sydney and as a backing vocalist and percussionist for numerous live events. Peter is Creative Director of Southern Stars – The Arena Spectacular and Associate Director of the Schools Spectacular.
May 12 – 14, 7.30pm on SBS, with Live early morning broadcasts from May 10, 5am.