• Jessica Mauboy, at her Eurovision Semi-Final 2 rehearsal. (AAP)Source: AAP
Let's meet the 2018 Eurovision artists who have prior form.
By
Shami Sivasubramanian

10 May 2018 - 3:32 PM  UPDATED 10 May 2018 - 3:32 PM

It's easy to think our Jessica has the upper hand at this Eurovision song contest. She was, after all the first Aussie artist to perform on behalf of our country on that stage. She knows how it goes.

But she's got company. 

Two other past Eurovision performers will be joining her in Semi-Final 2, on Friday - Norway's Alexander Rybak and Waylon, of The Netherlands. 

 

Comeback kid- Alexander Rybak of Norway

Violinist and quirky lyricist Alexander Rybak won the competition back in 2009. His song 'Fairytale', about a childhood crush, took the competition home by a landslide.

This year he's back with 'That's How You Write a Song'. But thanks to advancements in technology over the last ten years, Alex doesn't just play a violin, he plays a holographic one too.

As a past winner, he'll understand what it takes to engage the over 200 million fans around the world watching. But he's also been out of the game for nearly ten years, who knows what'll happen.

Here he is, jamming away to Australia's 'We Got Love':

 

Dutch Cowboy - Waylon of Netherlands

Waylon, who is named after American country singer Waylon Jennings, is bringing a bluegrass country tune to Eurovision. It's a unique choice, to say the least. But it's not the first time he's done it.

Waylon came second in 2014, performing in the duo The Common Linnets with Isle DeLange. They performed a soft country ballad, that the audience loved.

His song this year, 'Outlaw in 'Em' does have a lot more grit to it.

He's ranking low in the odds at the moment, so his staging will mean everything if he wants a spot in the finals. PS: we're hearing rumours of krumping...

 

The Eurovision Song Contest will screen across SBS and SBS On Demand from May 9 -13. For full screening details, and to rate the performances, head to www.sbs.com.au/Eurovision

 

Primetime evening broadcasts

Semi-Final 1 Catch-up at SBS On Demand 
Semi-Final 2 – Friday 11 May, 7.30pm, SBS. Live streaming at SBS On Demand and available for catch-up** FEATURING JESSICA MAUBOY 
Grand Final – Sunday 13 May, 7.30pmSBS. Live streaming at SBS On Demand and available for catch-up

LIVE early morning broadcasts

Semi-Final 1 – Wednesday 9 May, 5am (AEST) SBS and live streaming at SBS On Demand
Semi-Final 2 – Friday 11 May, 5am (AEST) SBS and live streaming at SBS On Demand ** FEATURING JESSICA MAUBOY (See voting information here)
Grand Final – Sunday 13 May, 5am (AEST) SBS and live streaming at SBS on Demand