Published 04 Mar 00:00
For the first time, Australians took part in 2015. Then it was timed to the anniversary of the contest. Now the country is invited again. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Australia will be represented by 17-year-old Isaiah Firebrace with “Don’t Come Easy” song. This was reported by Australian Broadcasting Company SBS.
Representative of Australia at the Eurovision-2017 will be the winner of the talent show X-Factor, 17-year-old Isaiah Firebrace. He will perform with a song specially written for Eurovision, entitled "Don’t Come Easy", written by DNA Songs duo David Musumeci and the composer Anthony Egizii, who gained popularity after writing another song for the contest, thanks to which Australia took the 2nd place. The composer recognizedthat he did not experiment this year and wrote for Isaiah Firebracea composition in the classical ballad style. The very same young singer said that he intends to surprise the judges not only with his performance, but also with a bright show.According to the 17-year-old singer, he did not expect this turn of events, and he is grateful to SBS for giving him the opportunity. Also, Isaiah added that he would try not to put it on hold on him.
Isaiah Firebrace, also known as Isaiah, is a young Australian singer, born in the small town of Moama in 1999. In just two years, a talented teenager from a small town but with big dreams to become a popular performer has become one of Australia's most promising superstars.
In 2016, Isaiah became a participant in the eighth season of the Australian show X-Factor. Having reached the finals, on live performances he performed the song "It's Gotta Be You" and became the winner of the contest. His single was a real hit, reaching the 26th line of the Australian Singles Chart. The song also appeared in Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden.
He released his debut studio album "Isaiah" in 2016, which reached number 12 on the Australian album chart.
The 17-year-old singer is a representative of the indigenous population of Australia. The initiator of his participation in the European song contest was the management of the SBS television company. Since 2015, its creative team selects all Australian participants.
"I am infinitely happy, grateful and proud that I was given this unique opportunity. This happens only once in a lifetime. Special thanks to SBS, which believed in me. Without a doubt, Australia will be proud of me," promised Isaiah Firebrace.
In Kiev, Isaiah Firebraceintends to present not only the art of modern Australia, but also the heritage of indigenous peoples, as Jessica Mauboy, who sang at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, did.
"It's really a great honor. I thought that X-Factor was the top, but rose even higher. I am very grateful, I want to inspire indigenous children with my example and show them that dreams can become a reality,"the guy said.
He admitted that he actively cooperates with last year's participant of Eurovision from Australia DamiIm.
Isaiah Firebracewith the song "Dont Come Easy" will perform in Kiev in the first Semi-Final of the contest on May 9.
Australia will take part in the biggest European song contest for the third time already. The country debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 and, as an exception, and was immediately sent to the final. Guy Sebastian with the song “Tonight Again” took the fifth place.In 2016, Australia was representedby Demi Im with the song “Sound Of Silence” and took the 2nd place in the finals. The co-author of the successful composition was the composer Anthony Egizii, who wrote music for the song of Isaiah Firebrace. In 2014, Jessica Mauboy took part in the event as a guest performer.
Australia has high hopes for its third participation in the contest, given the successful performance by DamiIm last year.However, the European Broadcasting Union invariably warns that even if the representative of Australia wins, the next year's contest will still take place in one of the European countries. With this hypothetical development, SBS will be given the right to co-organize the next contest, no matter where in the world.
SBS has been broadcasting Eurovision since 1983, so the Australian participants are chosen by the management and creative team of this TV company.