Australian broadcaster SBS has announced that Jessica Mauboy will represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!
In 2014, Jessica made history when she was invited to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so. This time, she’s competing for Australia and a shot at Eurovision glory!
Jessica Mauboy said: "Eurovision is a wonderfully joyous and unique event. It brings together over 40 diverse countries and cultures under one roof to unite us all in music. It shows how much the power of song can transcend differences. I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous - mainly about the stress of the dress!"
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.
Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke said: "Jessica Mauboy’s performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision – before the great moments of Guy, Dami and Isaiah there was Jess, who touched the hearts of the Eurovision directors and proved just how talented our vocalists are. Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned. We can't wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision- style as a galactic soul diva."
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on SBS in May and will be hosted by new presenters, Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, returning after their debut as hosts and commentators at the 2017 contest. Myf Warhurst said: "Look out Lisbon because we are sending one of the best in the biz to Eurovision 2018. I’ve been following Jessica’s career from the start and the girl’s gone from strength to strength – she can sing, dance, act – I hear she can even make a mean Portuguese Tart. C’mon Australia, get behind our Jessica!"
Joel Creasey said: "Ever since my failed audition for the Young Divas back in ’08, I’ve been trying everything I can to work with Jess Mauboy. Her response has mostly been ‘Can I Get a Moment To Myself?!’ – but finally, the stars have aligned! Jess is a true star with a powerhouse voice and has a great personality to boot. J- Mau, you’re going to be amazing. Let’s show Europe what we’re made of!"
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.