Australian broadcaster SBS have revealed the next four participants for next year’s Eurovision national final, Australia Decides 2022.
Drumroll please 🥁 🥁 🥁— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) December 13, 2021
We’re so thrilled to announce the final bunch of talented performers taking part in Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022: Seann Miley Moore, Voyager Australia, Charley & Jude York! pic.twitter.com/1o2l45uk5V
SBS’s TikTok Competition
SBS have also announced that there will be an 11th act in this year’s competition! This act will be decided via a TikTok competition. Submissions are now open and will close on January 16th 2022 . Entrants can submit more than one video, but the video must contain no more than six people, as per the Eurovision rules.
Seann Miley Moore
Seann Miley Moore is no stranger to competition! Having already competed in The X Factor UK in 2015 and The Voice Australia earlier this year.
Seann is very excited about competing in Australia Decides 2022. When speaking to eurovision.tv Seann commented:
‘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.’Seann Miley Moore on his Australia Decides 2022 participation!
Charley is relatively new to the music scene, having released her debut single “Hard For Me” earlier this year.
When talking about her Australia Decides 2022 participation Charley told Eurovision.tv the following:
‘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.’Charley on her Australia Decides 2022 participation
Voyager describe themselves as a progressive metal band! The group have been together since 1999, having released seven albums, Eurovision is now feather they want to add to their cap.
When asked for comment on Voyager’s participation, band member Danny Estrin had the following to say about Eurovision when speaking to Eurovision.tv
‘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.’Voyager’s Danny Estrin on their Australia Decides 2022 participation
It was previously announced that Jude York was a songwriter for this year’s contest It has now been revealed that Jude will be performing at Australia Decides 2022. When speaking to eurovision.tv , Jude said the following:
‘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!Jude York on his Australia Decides 2022 participation
Keiino are heading down under!
As well as our near complete line-up, it has been revealed that Norwegian 2019 Eurovision Song Contest representatives Keiino will perform as special guests.
It has also been announced that Keiino will do a tour of Australia in 2022. Speaking about their trip to Australia Keiino said the following to eurovision.tv
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!Keiino on performing at Australia Decides 2022
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia is the newest country to debut at the contest. First joining in 2015 as part of the contest’s 60th anniversary, Australia has amassed a total of four top ten finishes – including a second-place finish in 2016 with Dami Im’s “Sounf of Silence”.
Along with Dami Im, Australia finished fifth on its debut with Guy Sebastian’s “Tonight Again” as well as ninth in both 2017 and 2019 with Isaiah Firebrace and Kate Miller-Heidke, respectively. Miller-Heidke won the first edition of Australia Decides, while Montaigne won the second edition in 2020.
Due to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Montaigne was internally selected for Eurovision 2021 with her song “Technicolour”. Unfortunately, Montainge was unable to travel to Rotterdam due to travel restrictions and her live-on-tape performance was used instead. She ultimately placed 14th in the first semi-final with 28 points, but has remained a queer icon in the Eurovision community.
Are you looking forward to the national final season? Which of the Australia Decides 2022 artists are you most excited to see perform? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Be sure to follow THAT Eurovision Site on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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