As we’ve already reported, former ‘Australian Idol’ Guy Sebastian has been given the tremendous honour of being Australia’s first official entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest. The event, which will be held in Vienna this May, will mark the first time our nation has been admitted to the mother lode of kitsch.
Australia’s ‘wild card entry’ into the competition was hyped by SBS, who announced Mr. Sebastian’s role at a live event at the Opera House in Sydney. “It’s Eurovision, it’s huge and keeps growing here in Australia which is nice,” he told the gathered media. “It’s not every day you get to perform in front of that sort of audience – 200 million – beats the local RSL.”
When quizzed by the media, Mr. Sebastian refused to speculate about his choice of song. “I’m not sure about the song yet. That is still being worked out. I know that I can’t sing something that has been released prior to September, so it doesn’t leave me with a lot,” he explained.
“Luckily enough I released my album in November … which narrows it down a little bit or I could write something in the next few days. 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.”
Though topping last year’s triumphant winner, Conchita Wurst, may be close to impossible, Mr. Sebastian remained optimistic about his own prospects. “With Eurovision, it’s so eclectic, you never know what you are going to get. I’m not going to wear a dress,” he confirmed.
Officially, the grand occasion was marked by a communiqué from the Office of Arts Minister and Attorney General George Brandis, who heaped praise on the singer’s newest endeavour. “Guy’s performance will be a celebration of Australia’s creative endeavour and artistic ambition,” his statement read.
Bravo, Mr. Sebastian! And good luck in Vienna this May. We’re all behind you!
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