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Sheppard’s “massive and anthemic” song wasn’t written specifically for Eurovision

Arguably the stand-out name from the four Eurovision: Australia Decides contenders thus far, Brisbane pop group Sheppard have revealed further details on their song and stage performance… and it seems like they are all prepared for the national final on February 9th in Gold Coast!

“An epic performance using technology”

Speaking to an Australian media outlet, made available to the public courtesy of aussievision.net, the band’s lead singer George Sheppard explained the process behind signing up to Australia’s first ever national selection show:

“Luckily we already had a song written which was perfect for Eurovision. It has the classic massive, anthemic Sheppard sound, celebrating love and the fire that burns within you when you’re in love.”

“We are also planning an epic performance using technology and colour and light to tell the story in an interesting, unique way.”

“The chance to represent our country in anything is an offer we couldn’t turn down, and Eurovision is like the Olympics of music. I get the feeling the artists involved will all become great friends through the experience, and whoever Australia decides to send over – we’ll all be cheering.”

(George Sheppard)

Australia Decides on February 9th

Sheppard will be joined by Electric Fields, Kate Miller-Heidke, Mark Vincent and six further acts still to be announced in Eurovision: Australia Decides on February 9th.

Six-member band Sheppard was founded in 2011 by siblings George and Amy Sheppard. Fellow sibling Emma joined the band the following year. The line-up also consists of Jason Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.

A worldwide success

The group rose to worldwide prominence with their 2014 single Geronimo. Certified five-times platinum in their homeland Australia, the track charted all over Europe and even hitting the Hot 100s in Canada and the United States. Furthermore, Geronimo became the 26th best-selling single in 2014 in Italy and 42nd best-selling single in 2014 in Germany. Selling over one million copies in the United States alone, Geronimo has sold approximately two million copies worldwide.

In summer 2017, Sheppard supported British girlband Little Mix on their Summer Shout Out tour, alongside Ella Eyre (co-writer of 2015 German Eurovision entry Black Smoke) and Louisa Johnson.

Earlier this year, Sheppard released Watching the Sky, the follow-up to the debut album Bombs Away. The collection earned the band their first #1 in the Australian albums chart and includes Coming Home, which has also found success in Belgium and The Netherlands. 

Are you excited to hear Sheppard’s entry for Eurovision: Australia Decides? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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