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XTRA DECIDES: ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Voyager – Dreamer

XTRA Decides continues this Eurovision 2022 season. In this feature the team here at ESCXTRA rank the national final songs, giving our choice of the winner. We are ranking the songs using the Eurovision style 12-1 scoring system. We’ve now chosen Voyager with “Dreamer” as our winner of Australia Decides 2022.

Our Scores

TotalTwelves
1Voyager – Dreamer722
2Jaguar Jonze – Little Fires692
3Sheldon Riley – Not the Same651
4Paulini – We Are One621
5G-Nat!on – Bite Me602
6Charley – I Suck At Being Lonely500
7Jude York – I Wonโ€™t Need to Dream411
8Andrew Lambrou – Electrify400
9Erica Padilla – To The Bottom330
10Isaiah Firebrace & Evie Irie – When I’m With You320
11Seann Miley Moore – My Body60

Reviews

Nick (12pts)

This is such a wonderfully confusing entry. It’s very 2022 by feeling exactly like 1999 on acid. These guys have the experience, they have the song, they have the fan base. I just wonder whether Australia has the guts to actually send this. Though, judging the past NF winners Down Under – the more unique the better, so hey ho, I’m here for this progressive metal Eurovision special to make its way to Turin.

Tom O (12pts)

Prog at Eurovision? That would be something. My music taste outside of the contest includes some prog rock & metal so this is very much up my street. Deep guitar riffs, electronic sounds and powerful vocals make for a great song. Most importantly it doesn’t do anything too ‘out there’ to make it less accessible to a wider audience. After Maneskin’s success, it’s natural we would see more rock entries this year. But such is the diversity of rock music, this song is proof you can send a rock song without being seen to copy last year’s winner.

Alyce (8pts)

“What an interesting mix of genres! That somehow work together mind you. Now I do prefer to listen to other songs from Aus Decides this year, but I still love this song. Itโ€™s a song you can have a dance to, or belt out at the top of your lungs if you feel like it. Is it the strongest, most competitive song of the bunch? No. But itโ€™s got the fanbase there, so televote will not be an issue.

My only question is if itโ€™s got enough jury appeal. Personally, I think other songs in the selection have better jury appeal so the question will be can Voyager get far enough in the televote to offset any jury issues. Despite all that, if we do end up selecting this, considering all that Semi Final 2 has to offer so far I think it will be a very competitive entry for us.”

Lisa (8pts)

After several years since the last Australia Decides you would think they would be desperate to party. Thank god Voyager got the memo! I had heard of the band previously and it didnโ€™t seem to my taste. However, they really said, โ€œoi mate! How about this ripper?โ€ There is so much depth in the production in how they combine metal and electronic beats. This makes โ€˜Dreamerโ€™ very accessible to wider audiences. With high octane staging to match the song, this could easily challenge for the victory and continue Australiaโ€™s recent past of eclectic styles that showcase the broad diversity of their music scene.


Xtra Decides so farโ€ฆ

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