Eurovision: Australia Decides adds more acts
SBS contest is also thrown wide open with an unknown act to enter via TikTok.
SBS has announced more acts for Eurovision Song Contest? in February -and thrown open the contest for an unknown to compete via a TikTok competition.
Four more artists to compete are “Pop newcomer Charley, the fabulous Seann Miley Moore, Perth’s metal quintet Voyager and singer-songwriter Jude York.”
The new artists join previously-announced Sheldon Riley, G-Nat!on, Andrew Lambrou, Paulini, Jaguar Jonze, and Isaiah Firebrace who will be singing a duet with a soon-to-be-revealed Australian artist
Charley said, “Eurovision has always seemed so out of reach, but now I feel one step closer by performing at Eurovision: Australia Decides on the Gold Coast. I’m so excited as my family and I are huge fans and I can’t wait to do them proud. I wrote my song two and a half years ago about my biggest heartbreak, so being able to turn something so dark into something beautiful is a really special moment for me.”
Seann Miley Moore said, “I don’t stand here like ‘I want to be different’, ‘I want to be unique’, or ‘I want to wear all this to be seen and heard.’ I stand here as a proud queer man, a proud brown man and most importantly, a proud Australian – it comes down to authenticity and happiness. Doing all these things make me happy. They make me feel alive. That’s what matters. Eurovision is about celebrating your pride and I’m ready to give you all the fabulous joy baby! EveryBODY is welcome in Seann Miley Moore’s world – so Australia, pack your bags, we’re going to the Gold Coast! xoxo SMM.”
Voyager’s Danny Estrin (vocals and keytar), said, “Eurovision is the greatest show on earth, so getting a chance to represent Western Australia and to showcase our keytar driven brand of heavy music is one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities to ever come our way!! So, thank you Australia for giving us the opportunity to take you on a voyage with us in what has been a lifelong dream.”
Jude York said, “When I found out that my song was selected from the portal, I was already incredibly honoured and excited. Now to know that I’m also performing it live on one of Australia’s biggest platforms is more than I could have possibly asked for! The song is all about believing that dreams do come true, and I feel like mine really are right now!”
Australians over 16 years of age can also compete as a TikTok Wildcard Artist. To enter post a vocal performance clip, up to one minute long, with the hashtag #EurovisionAustralia on TikTok. Submissions are open until Sunday, 16 January 2022. There are no restrictions on the number of videos artists can submit. Entrants can submit a video as individuals or as a group with up to six members in total. 2016 runner up Dami Im’s TikTok account has tips and tricks on how to curate a powerful performance.
SBS Head of Entertainment, Emily Griggs, said, “ Eurovision: Australia Decides has always nurtured and supported emerging artists, and this year we’ll be discovering new talent with the TikTok Wildcard contest. We are excited to begin a new chapter with our long-term production partner Blink TV, and TikTok, and have the privilege to bring new talent into the light and onto the stage. They could even end up on the world stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
“We also welcome Charley, Voyager, Seann Miley Moore, and Jude York to our fantastic line-up. These artists give fans an indication of the scale and raw creativity that will be at the heart of Eurovision: Australia Decides 2022. This is going to be an epic show!”
Ollie Wards, Director of Music TikTok Australia and New Zealand: “We’re excited to discover and add a TikTok Wildcard artist to this already incredible Eurovision: Australia Decides line-up. TikTok is now where music and artists are discovered, with opportunities for artists to connect with new fans every day. This additional opportunity for a great local act isn’t an every day gig though, where they could represent Australia on one of the world’s biggest musical stages. We can’t wait to see and elevate some amazing entries!”
Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides, Paul Clarke, said: “These four new artists complete our 10, but at Eurovision everyone is welcome. That’s why it’s such an exciting initiative with TikTok to find the TikTok Wildcard Artist for 2022 from all the millions of users of TikTok in Australia – one of them will be on our stage in February. Four great new artists, KEiiNO, and the TikTok Wildcard Artist! This is one of our biggest announcements ever, now we can concentrate on making Australia Decides a brilliant show – please come along and don’t miss out, it’s going to be our best yet.”
Norwegian trio KEiiNO, who competed in 2019, are also first special guest confirmed to perform at the Gold Coast event.
KEiiNO said, “We can’t wait to perform during Eurovision: Australia Decides, as the first stop of our Australian tour! To be guest-starring in this impressive line-up of artists is a true honour, and we promise to put on a show that will bring back memories of 2019 and turn them into an epic moment of 2022. The Australian audience is amazing, so there’s no other place in the world we’d rather be than on Gold Coast the last weekend of February!”
Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst host Eurovision: Australia Decides on Saturday 26 February.
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