Good Morning Europe!!
SBS and BlinkTV are back at it again, revealing the next three artists for Eurovision: Australia Decides 2022!!
They will join Jaguar Jonze, Isaiah Firebrace, Paulini and 4 other acts on the Gold Coast in February 2022 to see who will take the reigns from Montaigne, and represent Australia in Turin!
Sheldon Riley’s mesmerising and emotional sound paired with his Avant-Garde, high fashion style have truly laid the foundation for a disruptive entry into the music industry making him one of Australia’s most notable up and coming artists. Sheldon’s style of music has been described as “dark pop” a cinematic and passionate expression. Forging a strong, authentic and inclusive path since establishing himself as a musician and artist to remember during his performances on Australian and US knockout television. Off the back of his acclaimed appearances, Sheldon has garnered significant praise and following with his original sound and style. Riley follows his first two single releases with his latest offering ‘AGAIN’, a confession to self-sabotage and torment. The orchestral, emotional and new-age cinematic vibe shows again that Riley’s original music showcases his empathetic and impactful song writing abilities along with his exquisite and captivating vocals.
“It has always been the highlight, waking up at 5am every year to watch from Australia. Growing up on the Gold Coast, watching Conchita for the first time was proof to me that the world will choose different if given the chance to see it. I am different but I have found my place on mainstream television where I never fit the mould, on radio that has never played music like mine, festivals you’d never think I’d fit the bill for because I always dare to dream… in my fashion and my music always bringing that little bit of Eurovision magic with me every time. I’m so proud of the artist I am today, wearing my crystal mask in so many parts of the world. It would be an honour to represent Australia and bring my sparkle to Europe! After all these years of dreaming and creating the artist I am today. It’s all coming to life in epic fashion, LIVE on stage!”– Sheldon Riley
Hot off their knock-out grand final appearance on The Voice, G-Nat!on combine powerful vocals with power-packed choreography to rival girl groups of the past. This year they’ve given us our new favourite dance anthems ‘Mad About You’ and ‘Little Bit Of’, a fusion of K-Pop, RnB, Pop and Hip-Hop. This followed the successful release of their 2019 single ‘Girls’ Night Out’ and ‘Control’, which earned them a top ten spot on Triple J Unearthed. With a 200k following on TikTok and over one million streams on Spotify – it’s clear we’re ready for a new girl group!
“We are beyond honoured to be the first ever girl-group to perform at Eurovision – Australia Decides! It is so exciting to be a part of the creativity, inspiration, and diversity that Eurovision brings every year, and we cannot wait to bring our song to life on the national stage. Full of strong harmonies and edgy choreography, our song is a dance-pop explosion set to provide the ultimate live show experience. We hope our performance inspires other young people to be strong, powerful, and confident in themselves – see you on the Gold Coast!” – Emma, G-Nat!on member
At just 23, singer-songwriter Andrew Lambrou has built a following of millions with his soulful, honeyed vocals. The Sydney artist’s hard work has paid off, gaining fame through posting impressive singing covers that consistently earn upwards of 2 million views. Backed by his loving extended Greek Family, Andrew began refining his art and performing from an early age. Moving from performances for family and friends to posting his vocal talents on social media was a natural progression for him, sharing beautifully executed covers of pop hits by ZAYN, Charlie Puth and Bazzi. Andrew quickly developed a 1.5 million-strong fan base across Tik Tok, Instagram and YouTube collectively with a recent duet on Tik Tok reaching viral numbers of half a million views in under a week.
“I’m so thrilled to be a part of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022! I’ve grown up watching Eurovision with my family, admiring all that goes into it and seeing artists show their craft to the world, and to be a part of this show is like a dream come true. I’m so excited to show Australia my artistry, and to potentially represent my country in this amazing song contest is the most encouraging thought for me.” – Andrew Lambrou
As for what they’ll all be singing… More than 700 songs were submitted to the Eurovision – Australia Decides song portal during the four-week entry period. Shortlisted songs are in the process of being matched with artists and all will be revealed soon.
Hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision: Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and talent. Australians are encouraged to vote for their favourite artist and song to represent the nation on the world’s biggest stage. The winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final which will be broadcast exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday 26 February.
Are you excited for the return of Eurovision: Australia Decides? Who would you like to see represent Australia in 2022? Let us know in the comments below!