Aftermath 2017 (2): Australia deserves permanent spot after another top 10

In the upcoming days, we take a look at the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. And with another top 10 result, we will look at the reaction in Australia on the great result by Isaiah Firebrace and wonder: Does Australia deserve a permanent spot at Eurovision?

After top results for Guy Sebastian and Dami Im, pressure was there for 17-year old Isaiah in Kiev, Ukraine. He took took to the stage to perform his song ‘Don’t Come Easy’, alongside 25 other Grand Finalists. The scores of the voting juries and viewing public in 42 countries including Australia were combined for the official results. The jury rewarded him with a fabulous fourth place, but the televote gave him only 2 points from Denmark. In the end, this resulted in the ninth place for Australia.

The Aftermath

“The Grand Final atmosphere in the arena tonight was amazing,” Isaiah looks back on the website of SBS Australia. “I took all that energy into my performance. Meeting and performing with the artists from other countries, and getting to know the Ukrainian people has been an experience I will never forget and I will always be honoured to have represented Australia.”

With another top 10 result, it is hard for the EBU to ignore Australia in the upcoming contest. SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said about that: “Australian audiences have had a romance with Eurovision for over 30 years and we have ever increasing affection for the contest, which shares the same values as SBS of celebrating diversity. We look forward to doing it again next year.”