For the first time in its 60 year history, Australia will finally be competing at the coveted Eurovision Song Contest in May. Eurovision has helped propel the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion to international superstar status. Eurovision is watched by over 200 million people and has easily become one of grandest, most popular international song contests in the world.
SBS decided that the person representing our nation for the first time in Australia’s wildcard entry to the prestigious competition will be…*drumroll*…Guy Sebastian. There has been a mixed response to the host broadcaster’s selection, with the majority of people wondering whether Guy will be able to bring enough glitz and glamour to the performance.
Guy revealed that he is “pumped” to be performing in the competition. Although he is unsure at this stage which song he will sing at Eurovision, it will either be a track from his recently release album, or he will write a new one.
“I want it to represent us as a nation well but also just be fun or be emotional. Either super fun or like a big ballad or something that showcases my voice,” he said. The artist also aptly noted the grandiosity of the event, remarking that 200 million viewers in fact “beats the local RSL.”
The first Australian Idol winner represented Australia in 2003 at World Idol, placing 7th in the competition.
Many people believe the selection was an ‘awesome choice’ on account of his huge vocal range and incredible singing ability. However, many others are not so positive saying he is a safe and boring choice and won’t bring enough pizazz to the performance. Many twitter users believe Jessica Mauboy would have been a better option and the NTNews even announced that the Northern Territory will be seceding from Australia following the decision.
Triple J Names 9 Better Options
Triple J is on the negative side of the selection, posting on the blog that they “can think of several Aussie artists that would better represent all things Down Under and even have a stronger chance of bringing the A-game level of glitz and grandiosity that’s expected of a Eurovision performer.”
Their alternative options include multi-award winning musicians Gotye or Sia; electronic musicians Empire of the Sun, the Presets or Client Liaison; young and upcoming hip-hop artist Tkay Maidza or folk rock band the Beards. Other suggestions include alternative rock band TISM and metal band TROLDHAUGEN.
Whether Guy Sebastian can prove the haters (who yes are going to hate, hate, hate) wrong and wow the European nations at Vienna in May – only time will tell.
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