In 2016 Australia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time after making its debut in 2015 when Guy Sebastian finished a credible fifth in the Grand Final. However, unlike in 2015, Australia had to qualify from the Semi-Finals in Stockholm. In part eleven of our Stockholm Revisited series we follow the journey of Australian representative Dami Im who rose to the challenge and finished second in the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with her song The Sound of Silence.
When it was announced that Australia was to return to the Eurovision Song Contest the internet was filled with rumours about who would represent the country in Sweden. Following the same process from 2015, Australian broadcaster SBS opted for an internal selection and chose Dami Im, a South Korean-born singer who won the fifth series of The X Factor Australia in 2013.
The Sound of Silence, Dami Im's song for Stockholm, is a modern power ballad which showcased Dami's impressive vocal range. Reflecting on her song, Dami said the theme, loneliness, is something that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives.
This song is about the loneliness that everybody sometimes feels. The Sound of Silence is something that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives, no matter how happy they may look on the outisde, everybody feels lonely at times.
One of the hot favourites to win in Stockholm, she went on to win her Semi-Final and in the Grand Final won the jury vote, finishing second overall, providing Australia with its best placing to date. After the show she congratulated Jamala who won for Ukraine; "Congratulations to Ukraine, I really loved her song and performance, she really deserved it".