", "Time for the juries to make their choice", "Your first look at Dami Im's incredible Eurovision dress", "Australia: Dami Im visually slays "Sound of Silence" first rehearsal", "Anna Sahlene gör comeback i Eurovision Song Contest – körar bakom Australien", "10 more finalists through to the Grand Final", "Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Second Semi-final", "The Second Semi-Final winners' press conference", "Running order for the 2016 Grand Final revealed", "Juries voting tonight for the 2016 Grand Final", "Ukraine wins 2016 Eurovision Song Contest", "De prisades redan innan Eurovision Song Contest 2016 – vann Marcel Bezençon Award", "Here are the judges for Eurovision 2016! [5] In addition, should Australia win the contest in 2016, the 2017 contest would be organised by SBS in collaboration with another EBU broadcaster and would take place somewhere in Europe. I can't wait to perform it live in Stockholm and connect with a whole new audience. The participation of Australia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. "The feedback we got from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters after Australia's participation in Vienna was overwhelmingly positive," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU. During the opening ceremony and the running order draw which took place on 14 November 2016, Australia was drawn to perform fourteenth on 20 November 2016, following Israel and preceding the Netherlands. [6] SBS Radio also launched SBS Eurovision Radio on 1 May, which was broadcast via SBS Radio 4 and the SBS Radio App; the radio broadcasts featured backstage coverage of the contest, interviews with the contestants by reporter Alistair Birch and live simulcasts of the contest as it aired on SBS. In addition to live broadcasts early on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings, all three shows were replayed in primetime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as part of SBS's Eurovision Weekend. To this point, its highest placing in the contest has been third place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 2005 with the song "Let Me Try" performed by Luminița Anghel and Sistem, and in 2010 with the song "Playing with Fire" performed by Paula Seling and Ovi. The first time I heard "Sound of Silence" I knew it was the perfect song for me to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song won the Marcel Bezençon Award in the composer category.. Australia was featured as the interval act in the Second Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest when Jessica Mauboy performed the song Sea Of Flags. [31] It was later revealed that Australia placed first in the semi-final, receiving a total of 330 points: 142 points from the televoting and 188 points from the juries. In 2013 Dami stepped into the spotlight from nowhere, taking out the X Factor crown and winning the hearts of over 3 million Australians with her astonishing voice and transformation into a fully-fledged pop diva. Britain's Eurovision presenter Graham Norton says it's "kind of stupid" that Australia is in Eurovision Song Contest. [1] Australian singers have also participated at Eurovision as representatives of other countries, including Olivia Newton John (1974, United Kingdom), two-time winner Johnny Logan (1980 and 1987, Ireland), Gina G (1996, United Kingdom), and Jane Comerford as lead singer of Texas Lightning (2006, Germany). “This is also a way for many Australians to re-connect with their European roots, and celebrate our shared cultural values and understanding through music”, he added. Production partner Blink TV have been integral in supporting our ambition to build Australia's presence on the world's biggest stage and together we look forward to again bringing the Eurovision experience to our screens. Tags:Stockholm 2016 SVT Jon Ola Sand Records. [30] Sahlene previously represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 where she placed third with the song "Runaway". Last year in Vienna, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final. 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. Dami Im represented Australia in 2016 with Sound Of Silence, winning the jury vote and finishing 2nd overall. I am really excited to be following in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy who have both graced the Eurovision stage before me. At a press conference held at the Sydney Opera House on 5 March 2015 at 09:30 Australian Eastern Standard Time (22:30 4 March 2015 GMT), it was announced that the Australian public broadcaster, SBS, had internally selected Guy Sebastian to represent Australia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Dami Im was joined by two off-stage backing vocalists: Anna Sahlene and Dea Norberg. Source: SBS . Australian broadcaster, SBS, has announced Dami Im will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden! "Sound of Silence" was awarded the Composer Award, which was accepted at the awards ceremony by the songwriters David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii. Dami is 27 years old and of South Korean origin. ", "Eurovision 2016: Dami Im to tackle song contest with Sia-like power ballad Sound of Silence", "Watch Australia's Sound of Silence by Dami Im! The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. Her adventures with music started earlier at just five years of age, which led to classical piano and a Masters degree in singing jazz. "SBS is thrilled to have secured this opportunity for Australia to compete at Stockholm in 2016 and thank the EBU for their invitation. Australia’s 2016 Eurovision Song Contest artist set to be revealed! The 12 year old rose to fame within Australia as the winner of “The Voice Kids” in 2014, this was the same series that Bella Paige who represented Australia … Australia was drawn to compete in the first half. Eurovision week is full speed ahead in Stockholm right now. ... Armenian backing vocalist Monica previously represented Armenia in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008. The EBU's Reference Group voted unanimously in favour of Australia's participation. [16] On 12 April, Im performed the song during the Salesforce World Tour in Melbourne. [24] This included the jury show on 11 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.[25]. Australian Head of Delegation, Director of Blink TV, SBS’s Eurovision production partner, Paul Clarke said: Born in South Korea, Dami moved to Brisbane, Australia with her family when she was 9 years old. On 28 April, Im performed the song at Westfield Parramatta in Sydney. Romania had originally applied and selected an entry to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, however, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) withdrew the Romanian national broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) from all EBU member services, including the contest, following repeated non-payment of debts on 22 April 2016. 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