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8 Feb 2020 - 4:45 PM  UPDATED 8 Feb 2020 - 4:45 PM

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Which act will Australia send to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam? Australia, it's time to decide!

What made you want to step up for Eurovision - Australia Decides 2020? 
"So really what brought me here to Australia Decides is my amazing support network around the nation and abroad. They really lobbied for me to contend for a position here in Australia Decides. So I'm just really blessed to have such a strong network of supporters that pushed and rallied for me to be here. Because yeah, it wasn't really on my radar, not because I never thought of doing it. It's just one of those things I just didn't really think of. And then when that opportunity presented I was just like, 'Yeah, let's go for it'.

Tell us the story behind your song, 'Together'
"Sure, "Together" is a song that really goes hand in hand with my message and that is that we need to get together and unite and start to learn from one another and love one another from a grassroots level up.

"To be able to talk and have open dialogues and feel safe within that. And to really just embrace one another regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion and culture.

"It's about what happens when we overcome fear, uncertainty, and the thoughts, Am I adequate enough? Do I belong?, you know, trans-generational pain, trauma, all of those things. To look at what we can do when we come together and really, really, really, really accept one another and love one another through that. Especially with our people being over-represented in things such as incarceration, domestic violence, suicide, you know, and various other things. That's, you know, it's not positive. I just really want to play my part in the bigger jigsaw puzzle of trying to create a space where our kids can come through and not walk with those over representations hanging over their head and can feel free to be who they are and walk in their own identity and celebrate that.

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"That's why you see me wearing high end fashion and mixing that with culture because I want to show the next generation that you can be who you are. You can be from various different nationalities and cultures and bring that into the now and be proud of who you are. To show that we can blend it all together in an authentic way that honours our culture and allows the freedom to celebrate the now, then let's do that. 

Can you give us some hints about the staging, and how you'll perform the song? 
"Yeah. Look, I mean I'm just going to be bringing me to the table and that's all I can do. Because you know, that's what's got me here and also being open to push myself outside my comfort zone. You have that little voice of fear that comes through and you know, I think we all battle that voice as human beings and the more that we can overcome that and push through that, the better.

"So you're going to see me out there celebrating my own identity and where I come from, on that big stage along with, you know, vocalists that have just paved the way here in Australian music and done amazing things. So to be on a stage surrounded by that high calibre and to be up there celebrating my own identity, I hope to just encourage and empower others to do the same.

If Australia decides that it's you on Saturday night, what would representing Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest mean to you?

"I'm here with a message, and I'm using my gift that I'm discovering every day and singing to, you know, get that message out there. And that's why I'm really here. And that's why I'm really doing what I do is because I believe in that wholeheartedly. 

"So, you know, if I win and to be able to take that message to a world stage and put that out there and show the world that my culture is alive, it's well, it's safe. It's in the midst of revival. We're here, the next generations, running with what's been handed down. You know, that's a win for not only me and my family and community, but I think the whole nation, you know, because we're the oldest living continual culture in the world and I just feel like the whole country should be so proud of that and run with that because it's a beautiful, beautiful thing to be a part of.

"If we can go to the world and show the world, 'Hey, this country has so much culture and embedded roots to the land in which we walk on every day', then who knows how that can encourage other people around the world to embrace who they are, rather than walk in fear. 

"I'm proud of where I come from. I'm proud of the lands in which I walk on my ancestors have walked. And we ought to go over there with this message would mean everything.

Watch the Live TV Final at 8.30pm AEDT on SBS and On Demand tomorrow and cast your vote. Stay tuned to the SBS Eurovision website for updates: sbs.com.au/Eurovision

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