Dami Im is Australia's golden for Eurovision 2016 but who's HER pick out of the competition?
By
Genevieve Dwyer

28 Apr 2016 - 5:12 PM  UPDATED 28 Apr 2016 - 5:15 PM

5. Israel

Dami's Verdict:

"This one's just like a classic ballad. I like a ballad for Eurovision - you've gotta have at least one good one!"

Things to note about the artist:

Israeli artist Hovi Star already has a significant profile in his home country of Israel, but the openly gay star says he recently suffered a homophobic incident at Moscow airport, where his passport was allegedly ripped up by immigration officers as he headed to Russia as part of a promotional tour for Eurovision.

Israeli Eurovision artist Hovi Star suffers ‘homophobic incident’ at Russian airport while on Eurovision tour
Hovi Star, the official Eurovision artist for Israel in 2016 says that immigration officers at Moscow airport laughed at him and tore up his passport.

4. Ireland – ‘Sunlight’ – Nicky Byrne

Dami's Verdict:

"He's a really great singer - he just seems really comfortable in his own skin."

Things to note about the artist:

 Yes he actually used to be in a boyband - in Westlife no less!

Dami: "Oh wow, no wonder - he'll be one to watch on stage then! It's just a really sweet song though - kind of folksy, I guess?"

3. Russia – ‘You Are the Only One’ – Sergey Lazarev

Dami's Verdict:

"This video has EVERYTHING! Thunder, lightning, fire... you really can't beat a bit of spectacle for Eurovision. Can't wait to see what he does on stage."

Things to note about the artist:

The Russian hottie Sergey is already a huge pop icon in his home country but recently raised alarm that he might be overdoing things when he collapsed on stage while performing on tour. 

Watch: Shock moment Eurovision favourite PASSES OUT mid-performance
Russia's 2016 Eurovision entrant Sergey Lazarev shocked fans as he appeared to suddenly faint mid-performance at a concert in St Petersburg on the weekend.

2. Sweden - ‘If I Were Sorry’ – Frans

Dami's Verdict:

"It's a really nice song - but actually I just really like him! He's young, fresh, hot - it's nice to see fresh new talent."

Things to note about the artist:

17-year-old Frans has already won the hearts of Sweden, dominating the country's super competitive national selection competition Melodifestivalen to go on to represent this Scandinavian nation at Eurovision.

1. Spain – ‘Say Yay’ - Barei

Dami's Verdict:

"My absolute favourite out of the competition is 'Say Yay' by Spain's Barei. It's just a great happy, party anthem song with a really cool video".

Things to note about the artist:

Barei's 'Say Yay' is already big hit in Europe and has topped the Spanish charts and is clearly fondly liked by fans downunder too as the official Aussie fan club, ESCFAN voted the tune as their second favourite out of the competition. Click here to see how all the other countries stacked up in their fan poll. 

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