After a glittering national final that clocked in at just under 3 hours, it's been decided – Sheldon Riley will fly the Australian flag in Turin in May with the song 'Not The Same'.
Australian broadcaster SBS hosted the third Eurovision – Australia Decides in the early hours of Saturday morning (in Europe, at least!). The large-scale pre-selection has been used to find the land down under’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest since 2019 (with a break in 2021, when 2020's winner, Montaigne, was kept on as competing artist after the cancellation of the 2020 Contest in Rotterdam). And now the 2022 edition of Eurovision –Australia Decides has a winner, with the 2022 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest getting its Australian entry! Sheldon Riley will make the journey halfway across the globe with the song Not The Same.
The show took place live from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst. During the show, there were guest performances from the aforementioned Montaigne, and also from fan favourites KEiiNO, who represented Norway in 2019 and are currently on an Australian tour.
The result was determined by a jury and a public vote, with 50% being weighted to both.
Earmarked as one of Australia’s most notable up and coming artists, Sheldon Riley’s style of music has been described as ‘dark pop’ with a cinematic and passionate expression. Known for strong visuals almost as much as great music, Sheldon has received acclaim for a clear ability to forge a unique sound and style. Sheldon’s live performances have also resulted in a lot of chatter about this artist, so a lot of eyes were on Not The Same going into Saturday.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia has long been an island of Eurovision fans, with SBS having broadcast the show every year since 1983. In fact, a number of high profile Aussies competed in the Contest for other nations, including Olivia Newton-John and Gina G, before the country was officially invited to join the party in 2015.
The country competed for the first time in Vienna to commemorate Eurovision’s 60th anniversary, sending Guy Sebastian with Tonight Again. Initially conceived as a one-off contribution, Australia is now confirmed to participate until at least 2023.
The best Australian result so far was thanks to Dami Im in 2016 with her song Sound Of Silence, finishing as runner-up at the Contest in Stockholm.
Can Sheldon Riley do one better in Turin?…