SBS has announced the next three artists to compete at next year’s ‘Eurovision: Australia Decides’ national final.
Singer-songwriter Sheldon Riley, six-member girl group G-Nat!on, and pop performer Andrew Lambrou will all sing original songs at the Gold Coast in 2022 for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.
They will join previously announced Isaiah Firebrace, PAULINI, and Jaguar Jonze, leaving four more artists to be revealed before the show in February.
Making a name for himself on The Voice Australia – and globally on America’s Got Talent – Sheldon Riley is renowned for his theatrical and eye-catching performances.
He believes he suits the Eurovision stage, and is looking forward to living his dream.
“It has always been the highlight, waking up at 5am every year to watch from Australia,” Riley said.
“Growing up on the Gold Coast, watching Conchita for the first time was proof to me that the world will choose different if given the chance to see it.
I am different but I have found my place on mainstream television where I never fit the mould, on radio that has never played music like mine, festivals you’d never think I’d fit the bill for because I always dare to dream… in my fashion and my music always bringing that little bit of Eurovision magic with me every time,” he added.
Girl-group G-Nat!on also gained popularity via The Voice Australia, and will undoubtedly bring energy to the Australia Decides stage.
Speaking to SBS, they stated that they are ready to bring some edge to the competition.
“We are beyond honoured to be the first ever girl-group to perform at Eurovision – Australia Decides”, G-Nat!on said.
“It is so exciting to be a part of the creativity, inspiration, and diversity that Eurovision brings every year, and we cannot wait to bring our song to life on the national stage.
“Full of strong harmonies and edgy choreography, our song is dance-pop explosion set to provide the ultimate live show experience,” they explained.
Andrew Lambrou’s 500k+ Instagram following makes him one of the higher-profile contestants in this year’s competition.
He is also hoping to make a name for himself as a music artist through this process.
“I’m so thrilled to be a part of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022,” Lambrou said.
I’ve grown up watching Eurovision with my family, admiring all that goes into it and seeing artists show their craft to the world, and to be a part of this show is like a dream come true.
“I’m so excited to show Australia my artistry, and to potentially represent my country in this amazing song contest is the most encouraging thought for me,” he shared.
‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February.