Australia participates in the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time ever and with their first female participant. Dami Im was born in South Korea and moved to Australia at the age 9. A classically trained pianist, she won the X Factor in 2013 and the hearts of the Australian public, building a successful career thanks to her remarkable voice.
Like all great stories, Dami Im’s life sounds a lot like a fairy tale. There’s a certain amount of struggle, a determination to succeed and then the joys that success itself eventually brings. Dami was born in South Korea, she moved to Brisbane, Australia with her family when she was 9.
A classically trained pianist, she learnt how to speak English through listening to pop songs. Dami arrived in the spotlight seemingly out of nowhere in 2013, taking out the X Factor crown. Her astonishing voice and transformation into a fully-fledged pop performer won the hearts of the Australian public. More success followed as Dami earned a number one album with Dami Im and followed it with the hugely successful Top 10 release, Heart Beats and hits such as Alive, Super Love and Gladiator.
Dami, like all great singers knows how to inhabit a song and make it her own. Her choice of stage-wear may draw an audience in, but the real exchange comes when an audience hears her remarkable voice.
Things to know about Dami Im
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- Dami is the first Korean Australian to enter Eurovision
- Original song recorded, written and produced by Australians
- She will be bring a unique and fashion-forward look to the Eurovision stage
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- I have a degree in Classical Piano. I spent my childhood being called a child prodigy in piano, but I knew deep down that my heart was in pop music and chose to become a pop singer instead.
- I came to Australia when I was 9 with no English then learnt to speak through listening to Pop music like the Spice Girls and Mariah Carey and started recording my singing on my laptop.
- I was the first Asian to win the X Factor Australia.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I like to drink coconut water to calm my nerves and say a little pray and remind myself that I was born to do this!
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
All my life I felt like I didn't belong anywhere. I remember the first time I watched Eurovision with my friends, I thought that is where I belong. The amazing vocals, the elaborate costumes, everything was crazy but it was perfect. Being a part of it is like a dream come true. Eurovision brings people together through music.