Australia: Jessica Mauboy releases 'We Got Love'08 March 2018 at 14:01 CET
Jessica's participation in Eurovision was revealed back in November 2017 by Australian broadcaster SBS. She previously appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2014 as an interval act in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so.
Released globally today, Jessica will sing the emotive, uplifting and powerful anthem We Got Love at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. We Got Love is written by Australian hit makers DNA SONGS duo David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii in collaboration with Jessica. DNA also worked on Dami Im’s Eurovision 2016 hit Sound Of Silence, which saw the singer finish in second place in the Grand Final. The team also wrote and Isaiah’s Don’t Come Easy placing him in the top ten at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
Earlier this week, Jessica revealed her song title but she kept the world waiting on the song a little bit longer, until the big reveal today. Watch the official video below!
Jessica Mauboy said: "I love the Eurovision Song Contest. I have since I was a little girl watching it with the family in Darwin. I wanted to write a song that captured that instinctive sense of joy of how a great song can change the darkest of moods into happiness. We Got Love is also about how music can lift the human spirit. You can always rise above in the hardest times with something as simple as a great song. Eurovision, to me, is people brought together through a real love of music and all the joy that music can bring. I can’t wait to perform this song live in Portugal and see it connect with a global audience at such a special time."
Michael Ebeid AM, SBS Managing Director said: "SBS has been bringing Eurovision to Australians for 35 years, but Jessica introduced homegrown talent to the world stage in 2014 when she became the first non-European solo artist to perform. She wowed the global audience and showcased what Australia is made of - and SBS is thrilled to invite her back to compete for Eurovision glory this year. At the heart of Eurovision is a celebration of diversity through music - a universal language that transcends culture - and We Got Love really resonates as a song about overcoming barriers and bringing people together."
About Jessica Mauboy
One of Australia’s most successful female artists, Jessica is from Darwin with her mother from the Indigenous KuKu Yalanji tribe and her father from Timor. Her musical journey began in 2006 with Australian Idol, and since then she’s sold over 3.4 million units globally, achieved five top 10 albums, 15 top twenty singles, four ARIA accredited Platinum selling albums and has won two ARIA Music Awards from 24 nominations.
Her songs have been streamed globally 158 million times and her videos have been viewed globally 37 million times. Jessica has been a strong campaigner for the welfare of indigenous children, and has opened many doors for Indigenous performers.
The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following three consecutive topten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest. Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia was invited to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 for the first time to commemorate the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. Guy Sebastian finished fifth in the Grand Final that year with Tonight Again. Australia's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest was set to be a one-off event but it was confirmed in November 2015 that the country would return to the contest in 2016. Australia is permitted to participate in the competition as the broadcaster SBS is an EBU Associate.
Dami Im represented Australia in 2016 with Sound Of Silence, winning the jury vote and finishing second overall. In 2017 Isaiah’s Don’t Come Easy finished in the top ten of the Grand Final in Kyiv.