Think you've got what it takes to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest? SBS, Blink TV and TikTok have today announced a national TikTok Wildcard contest to find the eleventh artist to take part in Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February.
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From today, Australians are encouraged to post a live vocal performance clip, up to one minute long, with the hashtag #EurovisionAustralia to be in the running to become the Eurovision – Australia Decides TikTok Wildcard Artist. What entrants sing and how they perform it is up to them! A panel of industry experts will then determine the winner, who will go on to round out a total lineup of 11 incredible artists on the Gold Coast - all chasing their dreams to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Italy.
The TikTok Wildcard Artist contest via #EurovisionAustralia is now open for submissions until Sunday, 16 January. There are no restrictions on the number of videos artists can submit. Entrants can submit a video as individuals or as a group with up to six members in total.
For the Terms and Conditions, and further information about how to enter, visit sbs.com.au/eurovision and follow @sbsaustralia on TikTok. You can also find the detailed Terms and Conditions here.
The addition of the TikTok Wildcard contest to Eurovision – Australia Decides is so exciting, it needs an ambassador to fly the flag for the new generation of Australian Eurovision entrants. And who better than our very own Eurovision 2016 runner up Dami Im. Be sure to follow Dami’s TikTok account for all her tips and tricks on how to curate a powerful Eurovision-worthy performance.
As the full lineup of Eurovision – Australia Decides draws nearer, SBS and Blink TV have a further four more artists to announce for the 2022 line-up. They are: Pop newcomer Charley, genderqueer performer Seann Miley Moore, Perth’s metal quintetVoyager and singer-songwriter Jude York will perform original songs for their chance to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022.
They join six previously announced artists - Sheldon Riley, G-Nat!on, Andrew Lambrou, PAULINI, Jaguar Jonze, and Isaiah Firebrace who will be singing a duet with a soon to be revealed Australian artist.
Charley said: “Eurovision has always seemed so out of reach, but now I feel one step closer in performing at Eurovision Australia Decides on the Gold Coast. I’m so excited as my family and I are huge fans and I can’t wait to do them proud. I wrote my song 2.5 years ago about my biggest heartbreak, so being able to turn something so dark into something beautiful is a really special moment for me."
Seann Miley Moore said: “I don't stand here like 'I want to be different', 'I want to be unique', or 'I want to wear all this to be seen and heard.' I stand here as a proud queer man, a proud brown man and most importantly, a proud Australian - it comes down to authenticity and happiness. Doing all these things make me happy. They make me feel alive. That's what matters. Eurovision is about celebrating your pride and I’m ready to give you all the fabulous joy baby! EveryBODY is welcome in Seann Miley Moore’s world - so Australia, pack your bags, we’re going to the Gold Coast! xoxo SMM.”
Voyager's Danny Estrin (Vocals and Keytar) said: “Eurovision is the greatest show on earth, so getting a chance to represent Western Australia and to showcase our keytar driven brand of heavy music is one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities to ever come our way!! So thank you Australia for giving us the opportunity to take you on a Voyage with us in what has been a lifelong dream.”
Jude York said: "When I found out that my song was selected from the portal, I was already incredibly honoured and excited. Now to know that I’m also performing it live on one of Australia’s biggest platforms is more than I could have possibly asked for! The song is all about believing that dreams do come true, and I feel like mine really are right now!"
SBS Head of Entertainment, Emily Griggs, said: “Eurovision – Australia Decides has always nurtured and supported emerging talent, and this year we’ll be discovering new talent. We are delighted to begin this next chapter with our long-term production partner Blink TV, and TikTok. It’s a privilege to bring new talent into the light and onto the stage, they could even end up on the world stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
“We also welcome Charley, Voyager, Seann Miley Moore and Jude York to our really exciting line-up. These artists give fans an indication of the scale and raw creativity that will be at the heart of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022. This is going to be an epic show!”
Ollie Wards, Director of Music TikTok Australia and New Zealand, said: "We're excited to discover and add a TikTok Wildcard artist to this already incredible Eurovision – Australia Decides line-up. TikTok is now where music and artists are discovered, with opportunities for artists to connect with new fans every day. This additional opportunity for a great local act isn't an every day gig though, where they could represent Australia on one of the world's biggest musical stages. We can't wait to see and elevate some amazing entries!"
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, Paul Clarke, said: "These new artists complete our 10, but at Eurovision everyone is welcome and it’s an exciting initiative with TikTok to find the TikTok Wildcard Artist for 2022 from all the millions of users of TikTok in Australia - one of them will be on our stage in February. Four great new artists, KEiiNO, and the TikTok Wildcard Artist! This is one of our biggest announcements ever, now we can concentrate on making Australia Decides a brilliant show - please come along and don’t miss out, it’s going to be our best yet."
Audiences will also be graced by Eurovision royalty with the first special guest confirmed to perform: KEiiNO, the trio who represented Norway at Eurovision in 2019, will take to the Gold Coast stage.
KEiiNO said: "We can't wait to perform during Eurovision - Australia Decides, as the first stop of our Australian tour! To be guest-starring in this impressive line-up of artists is a true honour, and we promise to put on a show that will bring back memories of 2019 and turn them into an epic moment of 2022. The Australian audience is amazing, so there's no other place in the world we'd rather be than on Gold Coast the last weekend of February!"
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS, and official artist accommodation partner Dorsett Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February. The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support Eurovision – Australia Decides, which features on the 'It’s Live! in Queensland' events calendar,
Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst will once again be at the helm of SBS’s Eurovision – Australia Decides coverage.
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.
Tickets for the Jury Preview Show, Matinee Preview Show and Live TV Final are now on sale: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=EUROVISI22
OPENING NIGHT SHOW (Jury Preview Show) Friday 25 February, 7.30pm AEST (Not televised – Tickets available) Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Jury Vote MATINEE SHOW Saturday 26 February, 1.00pm AEST (Not televised – Tickets available) Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre LIVE TV FINAL Saturday 26 February, 7.30pm AEST (Live and Exclusive TV Broadcast on SBS – Tickets available) Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Public Vote and Winner Announced
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 airs live and exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday 26 February.
Broadcast times across Australia:
NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT 8:30pm – 10:30pm AEDT
QLD 7:30pm – 9:30pm AEST
SA 8:00pm – 10:00pm ACDT
WA 5:30pm – 7:30pm AWST
NT 7:00pm – 9:00pm ACST
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