The Shortlist (5): Australia

Who are the big favorites for Stockholm? In the next couple of weeks we will highlight some interesting participants, based on the odds they have been given by the bookmakers. This week we are providing a shortlist of the four countries that lead the board in the second semi final. Today’s report is about Australia.

Dami Im
Dami Im originally from South Korea found fame after winning the fifth season of the Australian version of X Factor alongside judge Dannii Minogue. Her winning single “Alive” debuted at number one in the ARIA single charts. Dami will be releasing her fourth studio album in April this year entitled “Classic Carpenters”. Dami Im is no stranger to representing her country at a singing contest as she represented Australia with the song “Living Dangerously” at the ABU TV Song Festival 2014, inspired by Eurovision but with Asia-Pacific countries.

Numerous reports speculated that Delta Goodrem was set to grace the Eurovision stage this year due to her song-writing ties with Junior Eurovision 2015. However, when the date came, Conchita Wurst alongside SBS revealed Dami Im as the Australian participant for 2016 live from the Sydney Opera House – “Conchita: from Vienna with Love”.

“Sound of Silence”
Her song “Sound of Silence” is an anthemic pop-ballad with similar musical themes to Sia’s “Alive”.  Composition utilises hollow synths and drum beats to emphasize the incredible vocal tone and range of Dami while also supporting the lyrical concept of the track itself. Musically the track intrigues you and once Dami’s voice shines, you are instantly hooked to the “Sound of Silence”. Lyrically the song is essentially a love song with dark overtones that adds dramatic tension that will work effortlessly at Eurovision. Watch the video clip below!

Explaining the odds
This will be the first time Australia will have to qualify to reach the final and the bookmakers state that will not be any issue for Australia this year as they remain a favourite to qualify from the second semi-final.

More importantly, Australia is a strong candidate for victory, placing third for an overall win while currently getting short odds of 10-to-1. This means that if you bet 1€ on Australia to win the competition, you get 10€, ten times the return if you turn out to be right.