Australia qualifies for Eurovision Grand Final 2022

"This is the biggest dream come true, thank you!" Sheldon Riley brings the trembling drama to Semi Final Two in Turin.

Australia is into the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2022.

Sheldon Riley brought the trembling drama to PalaOlimpico, Turin with an outstanding vocal and theatrics of his song,”Not The Same.”

“Thank you so much Europe! This is the biggest dream come true, thank you,” he exclaimed at the end of his song.

Sheldon Riley said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic. Tonight I just wanted to deliver my best performance and make Australia proud. It’s a huge thrill that people across Europe have appreciated Not the Same, and I’m so happy I get to be on the stage again this weekend. I can’t wait to be part of the Grand Final in front of 200 million people, and see what all the other amazing acts are going to bring to the stage. This is honestly a dream come true for me. I am so thankful for all the support from fans over here and everyone back home.”

Australian Head of Delegation and SBS Commissioning Editor, Emily Griggs, said: “Australia is through to the Grand Final once again and we couldn’t be prouder of Sheldon. He has truly captured the attention of Europe and has been representing the country with style and one sensational voice. He’s soared to new heights here in Turin with his reimagined performance. It’s a big weekend of Eurovision ahead and I’m sure the whole country will get behind Sheldon this Sunday on SBS and SBS on Demand.”

Australian Creative Director of Eurovision and Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said: “So great to see Europe loving Sheldon, he so deserves to be in the Grand Final this weekend. Australia is back! We are so excited. We will improve again and be competitive as on Sunday morning!”

Australia joins 9 other countries which qualified from the second Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final this morning.

Qualifying countries in bold:

1 Finland The Rasmus “Jezebel”
2 Israel Michael Ben David “I.M”
3 Serbia Konstrakta “In corpore sano”
4 Azerbaijan Nadir Rustamli “Fade to Black”
5 Georgia Circus Mircus “Lock Me In”
6 Malta Emma Muscat “I Am What I Am”
7 San Marino Achille Lauro “Stripper”
8 Australia Sheldon Riley “Not the Same”
9 Cyprus Andromache “Ela” (Έλα)
10 Ireland Brooke “That’s Rich”
11 North Macedonia Andrea “Circles”
12 Estonia Stefan “Hope”
13 Romania WRS “Llámame”
14 Poland Ochman “River”
15 Montenegro Vladana “Breathe”
16 Belgium Jérémie Makiese “Miss You”
17 Sweden Cornelia Jakobs “Hold Me Closer”
18 Czech Republic We Are Domi “Lights Off”

All eyes are now on the Live Grand Final, 5am AEST Sunday 15 May, commentated by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, in which Australians can vote for all acts except Sheldon Riley.

NB: TV Tonight filing Live results.

Primetime evening broadcasts
• Semi Final 1 – Friday 13 May, 8.30pm SBS
• Semi Final 2 – Saturday 14 May, 8.30pm SBS (Featuring Sheldon Riley)
• Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm SBS

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6 Responses

  1. It begs the question whether there is any point in the way the judging is conducted if it’s based on geopolitics and voting blocs. What message does that send to aspiring musicians and artists? Maybe that’s part of Eurovision and to be expected, where it can be more about the performances and the points don’t matter. You’d think it should be based on the best performance and it would be a scandal if the style of Eurovision voting and point scoring happened at the Olympics.

    I think it would be more honest for Eurovision to be about the best song or performance and that the way the voting is conducted should be changed.

    1. You’re aware that’s why juries were re-introduced though, right? Semi Finals were also allocated into 5 pots, based on historical voting patterns to split up the very thing you’re referring to. So voting been changed.

      1. I suppose that has made some difference over the years. This year there is some conjecture that if Ukraine are to win, of which they are the favourited, whether it would be a sympathy vote. It may be that the song is worthy of winning and could be a special moment. It’s the talking point about this Eurovision.

  2. Oh, he did wonderfully. So sweet and appreciative as well. I really enjoyed the light and shade he brought to his song this performance, and well done also on the outfit and the scary staging!

    Disappointing that San Marino didn’t get through with their glitter rock and velvet-covered mechanical bull…

  3. So, pleased for Sheldon. I bet he’s just over the moon. Much love and success to him.
    I don’t usually wish bad of any Eurovision participants. They have all worked so hard to be there. But, that Israeli performer virtually inserting himself into the entirity of the opening of the voting sequence with the hosts was really poor form. I can’t say I was too upset he didn’t qualify.

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