Guy Sebastian onstage during his second rehearsal.
Photo by: Andres Putting (EBU)
Posted 20 May 2015 at 11:36
Guy Sebastian has been doing the rounds here in Vienna since he arrived; very keen to promote Australia's first ever Eurovision Song Contest entry in the hope it can win on Saturday. Today he returned to the Wiener Stadthalle for his second rehearsal.
Vocally, Guy is flawless... Proof that he is a seasoned and experienced performer, not to mention an incredible talent. On stage, his charisma shone through giving a very confident performance, one certain to tug at the heartstrings of the viewers and get them up and dancing!
Painting the town red!
Visually, there has been a certain amount of fine-tuning in terms of the camera positions and lighting but otherwise the rehearsal looks similar to Sunday's. The giant illuminated lamp-posts continue to provide a great effect as does the road and cityscape graphics at the back of the stage.
Australia has been turning heads since it was announced that they would participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, and now that we are edging ever close to the Grand Final, it is apparent Guy Sebastian is in it to win it.
A confident first rehearsal, with some cool effects helped to cement this train of thought. Guy is a confident singer, with an amazing stage presence and is sure to woo many viewers with his Aussie charm. Today he returned to the Wiener Stadthalle to rehearse his uptempo number, Tonight Again once more.
"We are proud to be part of a competition that celebrates diversity"
The press conference started with Australia's postcard being presented... Surfing down the river in Salzburg! Guy said, "I couldn't stand up for very long!".
He was also asked about moving to Australia when he was very young saying, "it was amazing experience". He also went on to say how proud he is to be Australian and how amazing it is to have such natural beauty on his doorstep.
Head of Delegation from SBS, Paul Clarke, was asked how the first Semi-Final was received back home, to which he said, "there is enormous momentum in Australia for the Eurovision Song Contest" citing huge popularity despite the time difference! He also went on to say that he was proud that Australia can be part of a competition that celebrates such diversity, in response to the question about Guy's migration there as a child.
"I've been properly bitten by the Eurovision bug"
Guy was also asked how the Eurovision Song Contest has changed his life, to which he replied, "in Australia it can be difficult to get around without being recognised so it has been nice to be in Europe where I can go out freely, but since doing Eurovision I am starting to get recognised here and asked for photos".
He also said, "I have properly been bitten by the Eurovision bug. Last night I was in the arena being interviewed by the hosts in the Green Room and it looked like so much fun there! I can't wait for my turn! I really got to feel the energy in the hall."
Australia have drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.
What do you think of the Australian entry this year? Can they win the Eurovision Song Contest?