Last year, SBS the national broadcaster of Australia announced the return of their live selection format, Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022. Charley has today released her entry for the national final. She hopes to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, with the song “I Suck At Being Lonely” on February 26.
Listen to “I Suck At Being Lonely”
A newcomer to the industry. Sydney-based, but Gold Coast-raised Charley, will be the home town hero for the Eurovision – Australia Decides audience later this month. The talented singer-songwriter delivers edgy pop with personal emotion and connection to the songs. Already this year she has successfully released “Hard For Me” and “Arizona” through EMI Australia. As well as working with established artists such as CXLOE, touring with her in America. Meanwhile she cites her musical inspirations as Kelly Clarkson and The Veronicas.
“I Suck At Being Lonely” was co-written with Jim Alxndr, who has worked with artists such as, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jack Garrett and Ruel. Together they have created an emotional heartbreak anthem.
“Eurovision has always seemed so out of reach, but now I feel one step closer by performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast. I’m so excited as my family and I are huge fans and I can’t wait to do them proud. I wrote my song two and a half years ago about my biggest heartbreak, so being able to turn something so dark into something beautiful is a really special moment for me.”Charley, (SBS)
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022
Many of the Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 entries have been revealed over the past days. First Voyager released their 80’s electro pop meets metal anthem “Dreamer” as Jude York released the inspirational “I Won’t Need to Dream“. Last week, Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie released their song “When I’m With You“, Paulini premiered “We Are One” and Jaguar Jonze dropped “Little Fires“.
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022, hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, will be broadcast live on SBS on 26 February 2022 at 20:30 AEDT (9:30am GMT/10:30am CET). The Eurovision 2019 televote winners KEiiNO will return to Australia after their successful 2019 tour of the country and be the special international guest act. Australia’s most recent representative Montaigne will also perform during the show. The eleven artists will compete for the chance to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Although many Australians have performed on the Eurovision stage, it wasn’t until 2015 the nation took part ‘as a guest’. Guy Sebastian flew the flag with the uptempo “Tonight Again”, finishing in 5th place. Due to the resounding success and positive response, Australia have been doing tonight again ever since. In 2019, the EBU guaranteed Australia’s ability to participate until 2023. So far, Dami Im holds the crown for ‘best Australian result’. Almost winning the contest with “Sound of Silence” in Stockholm 2016.
Last year, Montaigne was selected as Australia’s representative after winning Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 with her song, “Don’t Break Me”. After the contest was cancelled, SBS invited Montaigne back to compete in the 2021 Rotterdam contest. Her entry “Technicolour” placed 14th in semi-final one with 28 points. Unfortunately resulting in Australia’s first non-qualification.
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