SBS and TikTok have revealed that Erica Padilla has won the Australia Decides TikTok wildcard. Erica’s wildcard submissions accumulated millions of views. Erica is the 11th artist to join the Australia’s national final lineup. Upon announcement, Erica said the following to Eurovision.Tv :
“From performing to my phone in my bedroom to performing at “Eurovision – Australia Decides and potentially the biggest stage in the world this year in Italy – now that would be a dream come true”Erica Padilla on winning the Australia Decides wildcard.
Australia Decides acts and songs 2022
With Erica’s TikTok wildcard win, our Australia Decides 2022 line up is complete. The 10 acts and songs competing to represent Australia at Eurovision in Turin are as follows:
|Charley||“I Suck At Being Lonely”|
|Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie||“When I’m With You”|
|Jaguar Jonze||“Little Fires”|
|Jude York||“I Won’t Need To Dream”|
|Paulini||“We Are One”|
|Seann Miley Moore||“My Body”|
|Sheldon Riley||“Not The Same”|
Listen to Australia’s national final songs
Over at That Eurovision Site we have made a playlist to help keep up with all the Australia Decides releases as they come. You can listen to the songs that have already been released here:
Montaigne to perform at Australia Decides 2022
Australia’s national final will take place on February 26th. It has been revealed that Montaigne will perform her Eurovision 2021 entry “Technicolour” during the final. She said the following to SBS in regards to performing at the Gold Coast:
“It will be fun to perform “Technicolour” again for the first time in ages, especially to the audience who cares about it so much”Montaigne 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.
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News Source: SBS/Eurovision.tv
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