There’s only three weeks until the hotly anticipated Eurovision – Australia Decides live show, where Australia will select its performer for this years Eurovision competition. We spoke exclusively to some of the artists vying for the top spot of representing their country.
Leea Nanos is the 16 year old songstress who entered the competition after blowing away SBS music producers with her song submission ‘Set Me Free’. “I love Eurovision, I’ve watched it since I was little and my grandparents have watched it since ABBA performed. We’re big fans”.
After spotting the open submission point on Facebook, and a supportive push from her parents – Leea decided to take her chances and grasp at the opportunity. “I’ve been working since I was 11 years old because I want this as my career. I’ve had a lot of knock backs, but they make me work harder and not give up… so I’m always hopeful”. Despite remaining positive, Leea never imagined she would be selected “It’s amazing! I can’t believe people in Australia are going to hear my song live on television”.
The second youngest artist set to perform is Aydan, who audiences might recognise from last years season of The Voice Australia. Aydan made it all the way to the final four, growing a fanbase as well as irreplaceable experience. “I’m definitely ready… The Voice left me to leave with something under my belt.. the experience and the confidence, especially on stage. I could not put a price on it”.
Aydan’s single ‘Dust’ was released today, already cracking the iTunes Top 100. Being relieved to finally share it with the world, Aydan’s excited to potentially perform it on the global stage. “It’s the perfect song to bring up, there’s no smoke and mirrors. It just real”.
Fellow The Voice Australia alumni, Alfie Arcuri joined the search for Australia’s next Eurovision star almost by accident. “It’d been going back and forth for awhile.. I contacted my producer and said let’s write a song for the competition… originally it was meant for someone else, they’d asked me if I’d be happy for someone else to sing it and I loved the artist it was intended for.” He said of his song ‘To Myself’.
“After awhile I think they got attached to my voice on it, because I wrote it there was that connection… I’m over the moon, it’s an amazing opportunity”
Alfie was announced as a featured act only today in SBS’s final artists reveal, along with Killing Heidi front woman Ella Hooper, and half of pop duo Bachelor Girl, Tania Doko.
Also performing is Brisbane based band, Sheppard, singer/ songwriter Kate Miller – Heidke, reality TV sensation Courtney Act, pop – opera star Mark Vincent and electric soul duo Electric Fields.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will air Saturday 9 February on SBS.