That Eurovision Site was on the ground at London Eurovision Party. We got to interview several Eurovision artists past and present. One artist we got to speak to was Australia’s Sheldon Riley. He told us about representation in the music industry, his staging plans for Turin, and his love for Cornelia!
He will represent Australia at Eurovision 2022 with his song “Not The Same.”
About Sheldon Riley
Sheldon Riley has been participating in music competition shows across the world since 2016, when he auditioned for The X Factor Australia. While he was eliminated as a solo artist at the bootcamp stage of the contest, he was brought back by judge Iggy Azalea to join a group formed of three previously-eliminated soloists. The group, “Time And Place”, was eliminated in the first week of the live shows.
It’s only been up for Sheldon since then. He was mentored by Boy George on The Voice Australia in 2018, and ultimately placed 3rd in the competition. He later went on to compete in The Voice All Stars, where he was mentored by Delta Goodrem and made it to the semi-final stage of the competition. Following this, he competed in America’s Got Talent in 2020, and made it to the quarter-finals. He has also released a number of singles, including “Fire”, “More Than I” and “Again.”
Sheldon will perform 8th in the second semi-final of Eurovision 2022, which will take place on Thursday 12th May.
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Australia’s Eurovision Journey
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 “Sound 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, Montaigge 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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