Meeting Isaiah backstage, you can't help but notice he looks very relaxed. The 17-year old singer from Australia is excited for the two weeks ahead, not only to feel the energy on stage but also to explore host city Kyiv.
The Indigenous Australian artist, who will sing Don't Come Easy at this year's contest, has never been to Europe before. Although he didn’t bring his family, he did bring a supportive team, with whom Isaiah expects to have a lot of fun in the weeks to come.
Before kicking off with his first rehearsals this morning Isaiah enjoyed a hot tea, as he familiarised himself with the stage. "I just want to stand there and take it all in," Isaiah said to Eurovision.tv.
"The Australian team was aiming for something different, interesting and cool," Isaiah said. During his performance, he will stand on a rotating platform. When he first found out about it, he hoped he wouldn’t get dizzy, but luckily he had a lot of rehearsal time ahead of traveling to Kyiv.
Returning from the stage after his first rehearsal, Isaiah admitted to feel confident: "The rehearsal went really well, it was awesome to be on stage and getting a feel of it.” The Australian hopeful is particular happy with the screens and their content, as well as his prop...
While only 17 years old, Isaiah already enjoys worldwide success after winning X Factor Australia. Being on X Factor Australia has helped him with the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest: "It was awesome coming from that show and now going to Eurovision. It is a good kind of wave to ride."
During the two weeks in Kyiv, Isaiah tries to stay relaxed by getting a lot of sleep, not overthinking too much, going with the flow and just staying happy.
Isaiah's next rehearsal will take place on Thursday, 4th of May. Australia takes part in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday, 9th of May. "Fingers crossed for a good result," Isaiah concluded.