Following on from Vanessa Amorosi and Casey Donovan, SBS have announced the next two acts to compete in next year’s Australia Decides: Mitch Tambo and iOTA.
Who is Mitch Tambo?
Based in Melbourne, Mitch is described by Triple J Unearthed as a Yidaki player, traditional dancer, singer/songwriter and actor. He’s known as a Gamilaraay and Birri Gubba man who combines traditional sounds and with contemporary beats.
He came to fame earlier this year from appearing on Australia’s Got Talent. And only last week, he signed a record contract with Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Eurovision Australia Decides in 2020 and to get the chance to perform on the world’s biggest stage”
“Eurovision songs often mix elements of traditional and contemporary sounds, which is exactly what I set out to do in my own music. Most importantly, it brings different cultures together all under the banner of music, which is a beautiful thing!”Mitch Tambo
Who is iOTA?
iOTA is a New Zealand-Australian singer/songwriter as well as a stage and screen actor, writer, composer and voice-over artist. He has appeared in films such as The Great Gatsby (2013) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Whilst on stage, he has acted in The Rocky Horror Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His long list of talents have won him an award from the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Awards and an ARIA Award nomination.
“I’m not your typical music competition kind of guy, but I am attracted to the Eurovision Song Contest for the colour and movement, music and performance, light and shade, creativity and self-expression, singing and working an audience”iOTA
Four down, six to go
So far we know four of the ten acts that will compete in Australia Decides to represent their country in The Netherlands. The next six artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Mitch and iOTA to this really exciting line-up. Together with Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi, these four artists start to give fans an indication of the scale, diversity and raw creativity that will be at the heart of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020. With six more acts still to announce, this is going to be an epic show!”Josh Martin, SBS Commissioning Editor for Entertainment
Out of the four acts confirmed so far, who are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!