Four new artists, plus SBS launches national TikTok contest to find the next Eurovision – Australia Decides artist… and it could be YOU!
Charley, Voyager, Seann Miley Moore and Jude York set for Eurovision – Australia Decides
Eurovision royalty, Norwegian supergroup KEiiNO, revealed as the first special guest to perform on the Gold Coast
Think you’ve got what it takes to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest? SBS, Blink TV and TikTok have today announced a national TikTok Wildcard contest to find an 11th artist to take part in Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February 2022.
From today, Australians over 16 years of age can be in the running to become the TikTok Wildcard Artist to compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides. Just post a vocal performance clip, up to one minute long, with the hashtag #EurovisionAustralia on TikTok. What entrants sing and how they perform it is up to them! A panel of industry experts will then determine the winner, who will go on to round out a total line-up of 11 incredible artists on the Gold Coast – all chasing their dreams to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Italy.
The TikTok Wildcard Artist contest via #EurovisionAustralia is open for submissions from today until Sunday, 16 January 2022. There are no restrictions on the number of videos artists can submit. Entrants can submit a video as individuals or as a group with up to six members in total.
For the terms and conditions, and further information about how to enter, visit sbs.com.au/eurovision and follow @sbsaustralia on TikTok.
The addition of the TikTok Wildcard contest to Eurovision – Australia Decides is so exciting that it deserves an ambassador to fly the flag for the new generation of Australian Eurovision entrants – and who better than Eurovision 2016 runner up, Dami Im. Check out Dami’s TikTok account for all her tips and tricks on how to curate a powerful, Eurovision-worthy performance.
With the full line-up of artists for Eurovision – Australia Decides almost complete, SBS and Blink TV have a further four more artists to announce for the 2022 line-up. They are: Pop newcomer Charley, the fabulous Seann Miley Moore, Perth’s metal quintet Voyager and singer-songwriter Jude York, who will all perform original songs for their chance to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022.
They join six previously announced artists – Sheldon Riley, G-Nat!on, Andrew Lambrou, PAULINI, Jaguar Jonze, and Isaiah Firebrace who will be singing a duet with a soon-to-be-revealed Australian artist.
“Eurovision has always seemed so out of reach, but now I feel one step closer by performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast. I’m so excited as my family and I are huge fans and I can’t wait to do them proud. I wrote my song two and a half years ago about my biggest heartbreak, so being able to turn something so dark into something beautiful is a really special moment for me.”
Seann Miley Moore said:
“I don’t stand here like ‘I want to be different’, ‘I want to be unique’, or ‘I want to wear all this to be seen and heard.’ I stand here as a proud queer man, a proud brown man and most importantly, a proud Australian – it comes down to authenticity and happiness. Doing all these things make me happy. They make me feel alive. That’s what matters. Eurovision is about celebrating your pride and I’m ready to give you all the fabulous joy baby! EveryBODY is welcome in Seann Miley Moore’s world – so Australia, pack your bags, we’re going to the Gold Coast! xoxo SMM.”
Voyager’s Danny Estrin (vocals and keytar) said:
“Eurovision is the greatest show on earth, so getting a chance to represent Western Australia and to showcase our keytar driven brand of heavy music is one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities to ever come our way!! So, thank you Australia for giving us the opportunity to take you on a voyage with us in what has been a lifelong dream.”
Jude York said:
“When I found out that my song was selected from the portal, I was already incredibly honoured and excited. Now to know that I’m also performing it live on one of Australia’s biggest platforms is more than I could have possibly asked for! The song is all about believing that dreams do come true, and I feel like mine really are right now!”
SBS Head of Entertainment, Emily Griggs, said:
“Eurovision – Australia Decides has always nurtured and supported emerging artists, and this year we’ll be discovering new talent with the TikTok Wildcard contest. We are excited to begin a new chapter with our long-term production partner Blink TV, and TikTok, and have the privilege to bring new talent into the light and onto the stage. They could even end up on the world stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
“We also welcome Charley, Voyager, Seann Miley Moore, and Jude York to our fantastic line-up. These artists give fans an indication of the scale and raw creativity that will be at the heart of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022. This is going to be an epic show!”
Ollie Wards, Director of Music TikTok Australia and New Zealand, said:
“We’re excited to discover and add a TikTok Wildcard artist to this already incredible Eurovision – Australia Decides line-up. TikTok is now where music and artists are discovered, with opportunities for artists to connect with new fans every day. This additional opportunity for a great local act isn’t an every day gig though, where they could represent Australia on one of the world’s biggest musical stages. We can’t wait to see and elevate some amazing entries!”
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, Paul Clarke, said:
“These four new artists complete our 10, but at Eurovision everyone is welcome. That’s why it’s such an exciting initiative with TikTok to find the TikTok Wildcard Artist for 2022 from all the millions of users of TikTok in Australia – one of them will be on our stage in February. Four great new artists, KEiiNO, and the TikTok Wildcard Artist! This is one of our biggest announcements ever, now we can concentrate on making Australia Decides a brilliant show – please come along and don’t miss out, it’s going to be our best yet.”
Audiences will also be graced by Eurovision royalty with the first special guest confirmed to perform: KEiiNO, the trio who represented Norway at Eurovision in 2019, will also be taking to the Gold Coast stage.
“We can’t wait to perform during Eurovision – Australia Decides, as the first stop of our Australian tour! To be guest-starring in this impressive line-up of artists is a true honour, and we promise to put on a show that will bring back memories of 2019 and turn them into an epic moment of 2022. The Australian audience is amazing, so there’s no other place in the world we’d rather be than on Gold Coast the last weekend of February!”
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS, and official artist accommodation partner Dorsett Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February. The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support Eurovision – Australia Decides, which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst will be at the helm of SBS’s Eurovision – Australia Decides coverage.
The winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final which will be broadcast exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday 26 February.
Tickets for the Jury Preview Show, Matinee Preview Show and Live TV Final are now on sale: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=EUROVISI22
- OPENING NIGHT SHOW Friday 25 February, 7.30pm AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
(Jury Preview Show) Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
- MATINEE SHOW Saturday 26 February, 1.00pm AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
- LIVE TV FINAL Saturday 26 February, 7.30pm AEST (Live and Exclusive TV Broadcast on SBS – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Public Vote and Winner Announced
Broadcast times across Australia:
- NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT 8:30pm – 10:30pm AEDT
- QLD 7:30pm – 9:30pm AEST
- SA 8:00pm – 10:00pm ACDT
- WA 5:30pm – 7:30pm AWST
- NT 7:00pm – 9:00pm ACST
#EurovisionAustralia #Eurovision #AusDecides
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