Isaiah Firebrace to represent Aus in Eurovision 2017
This year’s Australian entry for Eurovision has been revealed, with SBS announcing that Isaiah Firebrace will be heading to the Ukraine in May as our representative.
“Isaiah is a young artist who beautifully embodies the Australian spirit with his passion, hard work and humility, not to mention immense talent at just 17 years old,” said SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid.
“We are proud to have him represent our country, and can’t wait to see him shine in Kyiv.”
Firebrace came into that national spotlight last year when the 17 year old from the small town of Moama in NSW auditioned and won The X-Factor Australia. His first hit single It’s Gotta Be Me is charting around the world.
“I’m so proud to be representing Australia as our entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017,” Firebrace said. “Even though it has been a dream of mine, never did I think for one minute it would be a possibility. To be able to share this news with my family and friends is unbelievable.”
He will be performing the song Don’t Come Easy which was written by the same team who created last years hit Sound of Silence performed by Dami Im which saw us place 2nd in the competition.
“I can’t wait to go to the Ukraine to perform ‘Don’t Come Easy’. I will make Australia proud. Thank you to SBS and my label Sony for believing in me and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”
With rumours buzzing for the past week about who it would be; Samantha Jade and The Veronicas were top favourites to be competing, but just like the competition itself that’s filled with diversity, picking Firebrand was a decision to go in a new direction but still capture the power that was brought to the stage last year.
“With Isaiah we have an artist who has a unique ability to cast a spell with his voice, and we will build our stage production around showcasing his quite staggering vocals,” said Paul Clarke, Director of Blink TV, SBS’s Eurovision’s digital partner.
“It was such an exciting collaboration to be part of. It literally gave me tingles to hear it completed. We can’t wait to present it on the stage in Kyiv.”
Firebrace will compete in Semi Final where he will then have to be voted through to have the chance to compete for the Eurovision title in the Grand Final on SBS in May.