In an interview with Aussievision, member of the Australian delegation Paul Clarke has revealed that Sacha Jean-Baptiste will be the creative director for Sheldon Riley’s Eurovision 2022 performance. Sacha had previously been named as Switzerland’s creative director as well. In an interview with Aussievision Paul Clarke from Blink TV said the following about Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s involvement:
“We’ve signed up with creative director Sacha Jean-Baptiste, who is working with us this year, I’m really excited about that.”Paul Clarke on Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s involvement with Australia’s 2022 Eurovision staging.
Sacha Jean-Baptiste in Eurovision, Past and Present
This isn’t the first time this season that we’ve seen Sacha’s work. This season, Sacha, alongside the Jean Baptiste Group was part of the creative team at Melodifestivalen 2022, where they had a hand at designing and choreographing performances for the 28 participants as well as the host Oscar Zia.
Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s history with Australia
This is not the first time Sacha has had involvement with the Australian delegation. Sacha was also the creative director for Australia’s 2016 and 2016 performances. Australia finished 2nd in 2016 with Dami Im’s “Sound Of Silence” in Stockholm. In 2017 Sacha’s creative decisions also helped Isaiah Firebrace to a top 10 finish in Kyiv.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
After being invited to compete in 2015 Guy Sebastian represented Australia with “Tonight Again”, which placed 5th Overall. Their best result came a year later in 2016 when Dami Im came second with her song ‘Sound Of Silence’. ‘Sound of Silence’ scored 511 points in the Grand Final and was the jury winner of the contest.
Australia’s recent participation saw Australia being represented by Montaigne (who was due to represent them in 2020), with the song “Technicolour”, which unfortunately placed 14th in the Semi-Final.
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News Source: Aussievision/Paul Clarke
Photo Source: Ken Nakanishi