‘Eurovision : Australia Decides 2020’ hits our screens this weekend, so we thought we’d check out each of this year’s entries.
Ten songs by ten Aussie performers will compete to be Australia’s entry to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in May in the Netherlands.
But which of the ten songs will get your vote in the live show, to be telecast on SBS this Saturday night?
In a three part series, we swing through each of the ten entries to lend them a critical ear.
Here’s our first instalment.
VANESSA AMOROSI : Lessons Of Love
There’s no denying that Vanessa Amorosi is one of Australia’s finest vocalists.
She’s been gone from our conscious for quite somme time, however, making us wait ten long years between her 2009 album ‘Hazardous’ and her 2019 release ‘Back To Love’.
Co-penned by Vanessa, alongside Aleena Gibson and Trevor Muzzy, ‘Lessons Of Love’ is a story of learning and surviving after a partner’s done you wrong.
That universal theme might help this one score high. And, of course, there’s no doubt in our minds that Vanessa will smash it when it comes to the live vocal.
DIDIRRI : Raw Stuff
Melbourne’s Didirri is an unknown quantity in this competition. An outsider by any measure, but he’s sure to impress with his gorgeously honest entry, ‘Raw Stuff’.
“I wrote this song as a dedication to a dear person in my life,” he explained. “In performance, ‘Raw Stuff’ cuts close to the bone for me. It’s a difficult song to sing, both emotionally taxing and physically. It is a moment for reflection.
“I find now, I’m sharing this song for anyone else who is trying to process what’s happening in their life.”
So once again, a track that should find a home in plenty of hearts. It’s incredibly sweet, but will it stand out in the Eurovision mire?
CASEY DONOVAN : Proud
Another local favourite with a big, big voice is Casey Donovan. Ironically, she’d seemingly been cast into the ether by the Aussie public shortly after winning ‘Australian Idol’ back in 2004. She started dabbling in theatre years later, but it was 2017 that she was catapulted firmly back into the spotlight.
Following on from an appearance on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ (which she won), she fronted a national advertising campaign for Coles and then floored us all with her spine-tingling performance of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ on the TV Week Logie Awards.
Casey has form with competitions. Winner on ‘Idol’, winner on ‘IACGMOOH’. And armed with the Justine Eltakchi-penned ‘Proud’, she’s in with a shot.
“‘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.”
iOTA : Life
iOTA’s vast array of experience in musical theatre and live performance might be the ace up his sleeve as he competes to represent Australia at Eurovision. That said, he admitted in an interview recently that he’s never seen the competition.
No matter, he’ll be performing the Jesse Watt-penned ‘Life’ for his shot at Eurovision glory.
“‘Life’ is inspirational and energetic, positive, mighty, heartfelt and fun,” he enthuses. “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.”
Perhaps if he comes out of the closet and bares his ass like he does in the video he can score some extra votes?
‘Eurovision : Australia Decides’ is telecast live on SBS this Saturday night from 8:30pm.