Two highly anticipated entries for Australia’s national selection, Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022, have now been released.
After announcing the ten artists (and an eleventh TikTok wildcard) who will compete at the national final in February, we can now reveal the first contenders for Australia’s 2022 Eurovision entry.
Voyager - Dreamer
Perth-based “Epic-Electro-Progressive-Power-Pop-Metal” band Voyager revealed their synth-heavy rock anthem, Dreamer, earlier this week. The band took to Instagram to explain the inspiration behind their entry:
“As humans, we tend to look to the stars and glorify what could be. Simply, Dreamer is about looking at the here, the now and valuing what we have around us. Especially over the last two years, hopes and dreams vs the tiny locked down bubble we live in has been a constant push and pull… It’s good to be a dreamer, but the grass isn’t necessarily always greener.”
Jude York - I Won't Need to Dream
Jude York, the 22-year-old “dance-cry” musician from Toowoomba, released his Australia Decides entry (and first single!) I Won’t Need to Dream on Thursday. Co-written by US based songwriter Billy Stonecipher and produced in York’s garden shed, I Won’t Need to Dream is a simultaneously melancholic and uplifting ballad that addresses the shared experiences of aspiring musicians. York explains:
“Basically we were both feeling quite down in the dumps the day we wrote it. We were kind of feeling a little bit defeated. I think this is a common experience for aspiring musicians. We kind of decided we wanted to write the song we needed to hear and that message that we hope everyone else feeling down and really pessimistic about their own life can feel uplifted after listening to it.”
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Sydney-based artist Andrew Lambrou has been teasing his Australia Decides entry on Instagram over the past week. While we wait for an official release, be sure to check out his recent cover of Loreen’s epic 2012 Eurovision winner Euphoria.
Hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst and featuring a special guest performance from Norway’s KEiiNO, the final will broadcast live from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre exclusively via SBS on 26th February 2022.
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