We caught up with the fearless leader of the Dami Army before her departure. Here's how the gorgeous Dami Im was feeling ahead of her big Swedish adventure:
How does it feel to be heading to Stockholm to represent Australia?
Dami: “I’m just really honoured to be representing my country. And as it draws closer and closer, it just feels even more real and I’m just feeling really excited. “
Nearly 200 million people tuned into Eurovision 2015 globally, are you intimidated to be performing for such a big audience or are you totally cool with this sort of thing after wowing on Chinese TV earlier this year (to an audience of over 700 million) when you performed as part of the Lunar New Year Celebrations on BTV's Spring Festival Global Gala in Beijing?
Dami: “Yes – Chinese TV is massive too. In a way though, Eurovision is actually more overwhelming because it’s all over the whole world – not just one country. I try not to think about it too hard, because as soon as I start thinking about it, it just blows my mind.
“No matter who I’m performing for, or how big the performance is, I just always try to treat it as though I’m connecting with just one person – because that’s the most important thing, is just finding that direct connection with the audience."
Any tricks to stay ahead of the competition? Vocal warm ups – any weird tonics?
Dami: “Ah, no - nothing too weird! Coconut water? ...sometimes.”
“I just try and really learn my song, and work out how I can connect directly with the audience. That’s more important!”
You’ve got a big following in Aus, and in Asia too, but of course viewers can’t vote for their own country in the official voting. How will you be charming the European audience into joining the Dami Army?
Dami: “It’s hard because the European entrants have already started campaigning hard over there, but I’ve still been all the way over in Australia.”
“Social media is a good way to connect with people all over the world though, so I’ve been sharing videos of what I’ve been doing as I prepare for Eurovision, and I’ve started doing my ‘Dami Meets Europe’ vlogs on Youtube so I can connect with the fans in different countries.”
Check out the first of Dami’s ‘Dami Meets Europe’ vlogs below:
You’ve been speaking to the international press a lot, what kind of things are they asking you about our land downunder?
Dami: “They ask if I really do have wallabies in my backyard and they’re always surprised when I say ‘I really do! I’m not even joking.’”
Why do you think Australian’s love Eurovision so much?
“Australians love music. We love sports too but we really love music – and [similarly] I think it brings out our competitive side.”
“I also think Australians are just fascinated with all the different cultures – and weird things like the Grandmas baking onstage.”
Dami is of course referencing the Russian entry from 2012, the Buranovskiye Babushki, an ethno-pop band made up of elderly women from the village of Buranovo, who baked in a traditional oven while on stage – relive the moment below:
You’ve spoken a lot before about your love of K-Pop and spent lots of time at SBS with our pals at PopAsia. Do you know you might actually have a friend over in Stockholm with German competitor Jamie-Lee. Lee is obsessed with Japanese street fashion, J Pop and K Pop and actually intends to study Korean at University.
Dami: “It’s just so weird how Eurovision brings all these different cultures together. I’m Korean, and I’m representing Australia – and she’s German and she loves K-Pop!"
Would you be excited to see Eurovision Asia come to this part of the world?
Dami: “Wow, yes. I think it would be EPIC – there are so many genres within that, that could participate: Bollywood, K-Pop … J-Pop is different again too.”
Any K Pop artists you’d like to see at Eurovision Asia?
Dami: “Hmmm…. Well I’m a big fan of Big Bang. I mean, if they entered, it’d be game over for everyone else.”
Can you share any hints of what we can expect from the staging of your performance? Or is that all top secret?
Dami: “Well the staging is always a big part of the performance at Eurovision so it’s something that we’ve been having MANY discussions over and it’s really coming together.”
“We’ve got a great team, and we’ve just been sharing ideas about, movement, costumes, screen content….
“The main thing is, that it’s got to be epic and awesome but also I want intimacy. I want everyone who’s watching to feel as if I’m performing just for them.”
“It’s not just all about the gimmicks – it’s about the whole package.
Check out Dami’s official entry song, ‘Sound of Silence’ below, for a hint of what’s to come!