Dami Im will sing Sound of Silence at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on behalf of Australia as confirmed by their broadcaster SBS. This will be the country's second entry after last year's debut, and Top 5 placing, with Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again. Sure to make an unforgettable impact on the Eurovision stage, this powerful mid-tempo track has an anthemic feel and a big, catchy chorus to fill the arena in Stockholm, allowing Dami to showcase her signature vocals and style as an artist.
Dami Im herself reflected on the feelings the song give to her:
The first time I heard Sound of Silence I knew it was the perfect song for me to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. There are many ways to interpret the meaning around a song, but one theme that I relate to in Sound of Silence is that of disconnection and being away from the people in my life that I love. We live in a world where it is easy to be connected every minute of the day but along with this connection you can feel alone and isolated. I can’t wait to perform it live in Stockholm and connect with a whole new audience.
Sound of Silence is written by Australian hit makers DNA Songs (David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii) who have written for some of the biggest names in pop music, including Ricky Martin, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Delta Goodrem, Timomatic and The Veronicas as well as penning Dami Im’s X Factor winner’s single Alive.
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Denis Handlin, AM Chairman & CEO, Australia & NZ, President Asia, Sony Music Entertainment said:
Dami is an exceptional Australian artist with her success recognised through multiple ARIA accreditations and her achievements across Asia. It is such an exciting opportunity for Dami to be the second contestant for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Her selection is a testament to her dedication, show-stopping voice and dynamic artistry. Dami is an artist who will capture the world’s attention and win the hearts of Europe, with Sound Of Silence the perfect song for her. I am very proud that Dami has the opportunity to showcase her incredible talent with the rest of the world.
Paul Clarke, Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV, SBS’s Eurovision production partner, said:
Sound of Silence is a cracker of a song and it was wonderful to work closely with David and Anthony from DNA. It really plays to Dami’s vulnerability in the verses and shows her awesome vocal power in the chorus. It’s a perfect song to create something eye-catching for the Eurovision stage with dramatic staging and lighting. That’s all underway, and it’s getting very exciting.
David Musumeci & Anthony Egizii of DNA Songs said:
Sound Of Silence is about feelings of nostalgia, distance and missing the one you love. It’s about how chasing your dreams can sweep you up in a wild rollercoaster ride and take you away from those closest to you. It explores the irony in how the ride can lose its lustre if you can’t share it with the person you love the most. It’s an absolute privilege and delight to have Dami Im sing our song to represent Australia, and share the stage that brought us superstars such as ABBA and Celine Dion. To have our song received on such a world stage is a dream come true.
Australia with Dami Im and Sound of Silence will participate in the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest live on the 12th of May 20:00 (CET) from Stockholm.