SBS reveals the first artists to take the stage at Eurovision Song Contest – Australia decides

We are one step closer to knowing who will represent Australia at Eurovision 2022!

SBS and its production partner Blink TV today announced the first three acts to compete Eurovision – Australia decides on the Gold Coast in February.

The first three acts to be revealed are a diverse mix of top performers from across the musical spectrum, paving the way for a show like no other: A Powerful Artist. PAULINI, multimedia artist Jaguar Jonze, and Australian representative of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Isaiah Firebrace, who will sing a duet with an Australian artist who will soon be revealed.

Isaiah Firebrace said: “I am delighted to take the stage for Eurovision Australia decides 2022. When I represented Australia for the first time at Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, I was 17, it was my first time in Europe and I feel like everything was a fuzzy dream which is passed so quickly – I have grown so much as a singer, performer and as a person since then and I definitely have unfinished business! I can’t tell you anything more except that I’m singing a duet with someone amazing and we co-wrote the song. What I can tell you is that I can’t wait to share everything with you and that Eurovision – Australia decides is going to be the biggest party on the Gold Coast. Until I can release the official Aus decides as a duo, I’m busy and releasing my own single “More Than Me” on November 12th – it’s gonna be a great summer!

Isaiah Firebrace first rose to fame when he won The X factor in 2016 and gained worldwide attention for their No.1 single ‘It’s Gotta Be You’, which is certified Platinum in Australia, 2 x Platinum in Sweden, Platinum in Norway and Gold in Denmark and has now been released more 280 million times. He represented Australia as the first indigenous Australian and the third Australian contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest (finishing in the top 10). He is also very involved in the fashion world.

PAULINI said: “I’m super excited to be a part of Eurovision – Australia decides, after all, it’s been ages since any of us really got to perform in front of anyone other than our families. It also means that it has been a while since I was able to pronounce one of the great notes that I am known for. But it’s something audiences can certainly expect to hear in my new single that I’m going to be playing at. Eurovision – Australia decides on the Gold Coast in 2022. Eurovision for me is like the Olympics for singers! It brings together so many countries and cultures, and although it is a competition, I see it as uniting a lot of the world through music.

PAULINI has been hailed as one of Australia’s best singers and performers. The Fijian-born singer rose to prominence thanks to television screens in the very first season of Australian Idol, which propelled her into the limelight. Upon reaching the last four, she has captured the hearts of a nation with her angelic five-octave range and endearing personality. After Idol, PAULINI rose to the top of the Australian ARIA charts in 2004 with her Platinum debut album ‘One Defined Heart’ and Platinum single ‘Angel Eyes’, both reaching No. 1 and receiving the Aria Number 1 Chart Awards ( ‘Angel Eyes has remained at the top of the charts for 6 consecutive weeks). In fact, PAULINI is still one of only 10 Australian solo artists to have a No.1 debut album on the Australian ARIA charts.

Jaguar Jonze said: “I am honored and bubbling with excitement to perform at Eurovision – Australia decides again in 2022! The imagination, creativity and talent in performances is always so inspiring, it is such a special place to express yourself as a musician and artist. My song is going to be one moment which celebrates our resilience and the small steps that lead to big changes, as well as pushing my creative limits to another level. So much has happened since we’ve all been together, and being back with the added strength of my Eurovision family and fan base will make this a show worth the wait. I can’t wait to see you on the Gold Coast!

Jaguar Jonze’s remarkable rise stems from hard work and pure creative vision. As the artist voice of the Australian #MeToo movement, as well as her powerful 2021 song “Who Died and Made You King”, she has appeared on The Project, Triple J’s Hack, The Guardian, and in numerous short stories as ‘she strives to create meaningful change in the music industry. Her latest musical work will be paired with her photography and visual art, another reason why this truly unique and iconic artist cannot be ignored.

As for what these three artists will sing… More than 700 songs have been submitted to the Eurovision – Australia decides song portal during the four-week registration period. The shortlisted songs are in the process of being paired with artists and the full roster will be revealed soon.

SBS is delighted to present the Toowoomba-based musician, Jude York; a singer-songwriter whose uplifting ballad arrangement was selected from among hundreds of compositions submitted to 2022 Eurovision – Australia decides song portal. SBS will unveil the lucky artist set to perform Jude’s song in the coming months.

Jude York said: “To think that my song is being shared on such a monumental platform is truly breathtaking. I wrote it with the amazing Billy Stonecipher to keep my hopes up that dreams can come true. And now, to have this opportunity as a queer artist in the Queensland area, I’ve never had a better reason to believe this post! Can’t wait for everyone to hear this!

In association with the Government of Queensland through Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS, and now also the official hosting partner of Dorsett Gold Coast artists, Eurovision – Australia decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center on Friday February 25 and Saturday February 26.

Hosted by the actor Joel creasey and music lover Myf warhurst, Eurovision – Australia decides will showcase the best of Australian music and talent. Australians are encouraged to vote for their favorite artist and song to represent the nation on the world’s biggest stage. The winner will be announced during the Live TV final which will be Airing exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday, February 26.

Be a part of history and see it live at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center. Tickets for the Jury Preview Show, Matinee Preview Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.

OPENING SHOW
Friday February 25, 7:30 p.m. AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center
Jury vote
MORNING SHOW
Saturday February 26, 1:00 p.m. AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center
LIVE TV FINAL
Saturday February 26, 7:30 p.m. AEST (Live and exclusive TV broadcast on SBS – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center
Public vote and winner announced

To buy tickets: see here.

For accommodation packages in Queensland: see here.

Eurovision – Australia decides 2022 will air live and exclusively on SBS on Friday February 25 and Saturday February 26.

Broadcast times across Australia:

NSW / VIC / TAS / ACT 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. AEDT

QLD 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. AEST

HER 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ACDT

Washington 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. AWST

NT 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ACST

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