One of these 5 Australian songs may make it to Rotterdam!16 January 2020 at 22:00 CET
Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live on SBS on Saturday 8 February, Eurovision - Australia Decides will showcase 10 well-known Australian artists, performing original songs, for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
SBS can now reveal 5 new songs released today: Casey Donovan’s anthem of self-respect and acceptance Proud was submitted to the SBS Song Portal by songwriter Justine Eltakchi, Mitch Tambo’s inspirational and uniting anthem Together is sung in both English and Gilmaraay, iOTA’s inspirational and energetic Life was submitted by emerging songwriter Jesse Watt, Diana Rouvas’ song of empowerment Can We Make Heaven was inspired by personal lessons in life and Jordan-Ravi’s Pushing Stars was written by a team, which included 2 Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019 contenders George Sheppard and Tania Doko.
Casey Donovan - Proud
Casey: "From the first line of the song to the end crescendo, I had fallen in love with this song, it spoke to me in a way music hasn’t in a very long time. ‘Proud’ is merely a reminder to yourself, to be proud of who you are, proud of all of the ups and downs, to keep getting up despite the pain and push forward no matter how many people put you down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy at that. It’s an anthem of self-love and acceptance - a little reminder that we have to stand tall and proud."
Diana Rouvas - Can We Make Heaven
Diana: "Can We Make Heaven was inspired by the personal lessons we learn in life and how I feel we can choose to be empowered, choose to grow, create, manifest and be the light in the darkness. The last few months have been an incredibly difficult time for so many Australians affected by the bushfires and it has been so inspiring to watch the nation come together to support those in need. It is amazing to see what we can achieve when we all band together and I know our resilient spirits will see us through to find that light again."
Mitch Tambo – Together
Mitch: "Together is a really important song to me. It’s the culmination of everything I want to do with my music - to bring people from all walks of life, cultures and creeds together with a message of love, especially when so many are going through such tough times. It’s the perfect song for Eurovision, which is all about uniting people through music no matter what language they speak – or sing. I can’t wait to get out on that stage and perform this song for Australia, and the world."
iOTA – Life
iOTA: "I really like this song... and it’s not my song, it was written by Jesse Watt - but I love it. Life is inspirational and energetic, positive, mighty, heartfelt and fun... it’s been a joy to imbue my emotion and vibe into another writer’s song, to make it my own - and hopefully please the listeners."
Jordan-Ravi – Pushing Stars
Jordan-Ravi: "I’m incredibly excited to be releasing Pushing Stars today, and I'm very honoured to be releasing it for Eurovision – Australia Decides. The song was written by George Sheppard, Tania Doko and 2 other Swedish writers, so it has really great Eurovision vibes attached to it. It’s such a meaningful song with heartfelt lyrics and I’ve been able to put my own spin musically on it. I am really proud of the result and I hope that Australia falls in love with Pushing Stars."
Live and TV audiences will be graced by Eurovision royalty with the first 2 special guests confirmed to perform: winner of the inaugural Eurovision – Australia Decides Kate Miller-Heidke will return to the stage where it all began to perform Zero Gravity and will join the jury as one of 5 judges, while powerhouse vocalist and Eurovision 2016 runner up Dami Im will take to the stage with a brand new track.