Some of you may recall that last year I published a best and worst at Eurovision article for every country that was taking part in Eurovision 2016 with the exception of Australia who were only competing for the second time. So this year I will publish one for Australia and Portugal who are returning. Also I will revisit each of the other countries to see if last years entry has entered the best or worst hall of fame. Now that the National Finals season is finished and all songs for Eurovision 2017 have been selected we now have 5 weeks where we wait for the rehearsals to begin in Kiev. What better way to fill the time than to look back over the 61 years of Eurovision at some of the best and worst entries that countries have sent to the Eurovision stage. There were 43 countries going to Kiev to take part in the 2017 edition of our favourite musical extravaganza, until 22nd March when Ukraine authorities placed a ban on the Russian entrant Yulia Samoylova entering Ukraine. So it looks most likely that Russia will not take part and you can see our article announcing the news here. So we continue our journey with Australia who have never won the contest but have finished second and fifth in their two previous participations . You can check out the previous articles from last year in the best and worst series for Ireland HERE ,Spain HERE, Austria HERE, Bosnia & Herzegovina HERE, Iceland HERE, Belarus HERE, Denmark HERE, Georgia HERE, Germany HERE, Cyprus HERE, Finland HERE, Belgium HERE, Hungary HERE, Switzerland HERE, Ukraine HERE, Moldova HERE, Estonia HERE, Norway HERE, Italy HERE, Slovenia HERE, The Netherlands HERE, Armenia HERE, Azerbaijan HERE, San Marino HERE, Israel HERE, Albania HERE, Poland HERE, Serbia HERE, France HERE, Romania HERE, Russia HERE, Croatia HERE, Czech Republic HERE, Malta HERE., Macedonia HERE, Lithuania HERE, Latvia HERE, Sweden HERE, United Kingdom HERE, Greece HERE, Bulgaria HERE and Montenegro HERE. Also the articles for this year for Belarus HERE., Germany HERE., Hungary HERE., Austria HERE., Cyprus HERE. , Denmark HERE. , The Netherlands HERE. ,Finland HERE. and Poland HERE.
So this year the Australia are represented by Isaiah Firebrace with the song ‘Don’t Come Easy ‘. We will have to wait and see if it turns out to be more of a best or worst song for the Australia but the overall reaction is fairly positive so far. You can catch up on our recent article on who we thought might represent Australia and how accurate our prediction proved to be here.
So my selections for best and worst entries are based on a combination of actual results and personal taste. Now Australia have two entries to choose from making the task very difficult( I am kidding this is the easiest of tasks). Both of Australia’s previous entries have been great so would figure in the Best of section to date. There are no Worst of entries as yet but this may well change in coming years if Australia continue to participate.
We have to go back two years to find our first song that is one of the best for the Australia. The year was 2015 and we were in Vienna to see Guy Sebastian singing the song ‘Tonight Again’.
Now this was the debut entry for a country that has had a huge following for Eurovision over the years. Australia had initially been allowed to compete as a celebration of the 60 years of Eurovision. It was meant to be a one off but we all knew that it would continue and so far this has proven to be the case. Guy Sebastian was chosen to take on the mantle for his country. He was born in Malaysia 35 years ago and was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003. and has also been a judge on Australia’s X Factor. He has released 8 Top Ten Albums , two of which got to number 1 and also 21 Top Twenty singles, 6 of which reached number 1. His song charted in the top 50 in 5 European countries. The song was co-written and recorded by Sebastian specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in only a week. “Tonight Again” appears as the final track on the European edition of Sebastian’s eighth studio album, Madness. As Australia was an almost last minute addition to the contest they were offered a place directly in the Final. The song went on to gain 5th place with 196 points.
So moving along we look at another best entry for the Australia. We were in Stockholm in 2016 to see Dami Im perform the song ‘Sound Of Silence’.
Now the song was a classic Eurovision power ballad. It was Australia’s second ever entry and for the first time had to be performed in the Semi Final. The demure singer songwriter Dami Im who was born in South Korea 28 years ago. She was catapulted to fame after winning the fifth series of Australia X Factor. Further success followed with top selling albums and singles as she has had 3 top 10 Albums and 4 Platinum and gold singles. Dami is now working on her 4 th Album. She was chosen internally to sing her song in Stockholm. Her song went on to win the Semi Final and then finished 2nd in the Final with 511 points after coming top in the Jury vote and finishing 4th in the public vote.
Now that is not quite the end of the story with Australia at Eurovision. As a country they have been an associate member of the EBU for over 20 years and have a huge multicultural fan base who are crazy for Eurovision. So in 2014 in Copenhagen Australia were invited to send an artist for an interval act and chose to send Jessica Mauboy who after a brief themed Australian cheesy intro sang the song ‘ Sea of Flags’.
Jessica is an accomplished R&B and pop singer who was born in Darwin and is also a songwriter and actress. She rose to fame in 2006 in Australian Idol in which she was runner up. She has achieved four top-ten albums (including a number-one) and 15 top-twenty singles (including nine top-ten hits).
So there we have it folks, my little delve into Australian Eurovision history and some of the best and no worst moments over the years. Do you agree with all or even any of my choices? Feel free to comment below.
This series will continue with another look at songs over the years for each and every country competing in Eurovision 2017 so keep coming back for more reflections of the best and worst that Eurovision has had to offer us.
Author: Andrew Main
Source: Eurovision Ireland