ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls: Australia

Welcome to our brand new weekly series, ‘ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls’, in which we will tell you who we would like to see in Eurovision next year! This series will keep you entertained with new music from across Europe every Monday until the national final season begins next year, and may give you somebody new to root for to represent your country!  Today, we look at who we want to see represent Australia in Eurovision 2018. Let’s get started!

Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem’s career began as a child actress in 1992, before she rose to fame in 2002 in the Australia soap opera, Neighbours. At the age of 15, she was signed to Sony Music and in 2003 released her debut album, Innocent Eyes. It topped the Australian album charts for a record-breaking 29 consecutive weeks, and reach number two in the UK albums charts!

All five of the singles released from Innocent Eyes topped the Australia Singles chart, and several made it into the UK Single chart too. Delta now has had a total of 9 number-one singles, and 17 top-ten hits in Australia. She also has won 3 WMAs, 9 ARIA Music Awards, 14 ARIA No.1 Awards, 4 VMA awards, and many more! Clearly, she is more than qualified to represent Australia in Eurovision, and could bring them victory!

Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy has been described as one of Australia’s “most successful female artists”. She has achieved 4 top-ten albums, and 16 top-twenty singles, as well as 2 Aria Music Awards. She has also collaborated and toured with many international artists, such as Flo Rida, Beyoncé, and Chris Brown! You may recognise her from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, in which she performed as a guest for Australia.

Jessica Mauboy obviously knows what she’s doing, and she knows how to perform. Perhaps Sea of Flags wouldn’t work to well as a Eurovision entry itself, but if you look at some of her other songs, you’ll see that she could easily win Eurovision with something like one of those. Never Be The Same is probably one of my personal favourites of hers!

Samantha Jade

Samantha Jade’s breakthrough happened in 2012, after she won the fourth season of The X Factor Australia. Her winner’s single, What You’ve Done To Me, debuted at number on in the Australia singles chart, and it’s easy to see why!

Samantha Jade has also written songs for artists such as JoJo and Ashley Tisdale, so she knows how to write her own songs, as well as how to perform them. She lists Beyoncé, Robyn, and Mariah Carey as her musical influences. Samantha would be a great choice for Australia in Eurovision!

Elen Levon

Elen Levon is a Ukrainian-Australia singer, she was actually born in Ukraine! She is inspired by all genres of music, but as a young girl, she looked up to big superstars like Madonna and Michael Jackson. In 2008, at 14 years old, she was selected to be part of a pop group, Panjo 5. They had limited success before disbanding, but then her solo career began to kick off! Her most successful single, Wild Child, is below!

Elen Levon’s music has its own unique feel, but is still really catchy and enjoyable to listen to! She has released many successful singles now, and has been very successful throughout Europe, and especially in Italy. With a European fanbase, she could do extremely well for Australia in Eurovision!

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan has many talents: he is a singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTube personality. However, the talent we will focus on is of course his musical talent! In 2014, he released his first major-label EP, TRXYE, which enjoyed great success around the world. Troye was named as one of the “25 most influential teens of 2014”, so he might be able to change the opinions of young people about Eurovision!

Troye’s favourite artists include Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, and Lorde, although he has also been influenced by Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean. His music has been described as “layered electropop with constant tinges of EDM”, as well as “youthful, dreamy, and mature”. This could give us something a bit different in Eurovision, and something that could help introduce a younger audience to the contest!

Havana Brown

Havana Brown debuted in 2011 with the single, We Run The Night. It reach number 5 on the Australian singles chart, and was certified triple platinum! Following this success, she signed a record deal with Universal Republic and has since released many singles.

Havana says that her biggest influence is Janet Jackson, and you can see this influence clearly. Her music is very energetic and could give us an amazing show in Lisbon! She would definitely get Europe dancing, so it’d be a clever move for Australia to pick Havana, especially after 2 years of ballads!

Kylie and Dannii Minogue

Kylie Minogue is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time, and her sister, Dannii, isn’t too far behind her! The eldest sister, Kylie, has worldwide record sales of more than 80 million, and has mounted several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours. She has received an astonishing 172 awards for her music! Dannii has also enjoyed great success: she has had 9 UK top-ten singles, 12 top-30 singles in Australia, and 13 number-one singles! Like her sister, Dannii has also won many awards, not just for her music, but also as an actress and TV personality.

Either Kylie or Dannii, or perhaps both as a duet, would be beyond fantastic for Australia in Eurovision. Both of them are superstars around the world, and would easily become the fan favourite. There’s no point in us describing their music to you, as there is no doubt that you’ll have heard it, they’re that famous! Please, Kylie and Dannii, consider representing Australia in Eurovision!
Next week, we will look at who we want to see represent Moldova!
What do you think of our hopefuls? Is there anybody else you’d like to see for Australia in Eurovision? Do the idea of any of these artists excite you? Tell us in the comments below!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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