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Sheldon Riley wins Australia Decides 2022 with “Not the Same”

On Saturday morning in Europe, Australia hosted its third edition of ‘Australia Decides’ to choose their Eurovision representative for 2022. After a nail-biting results sequence, Sheldon Riley came out on top to clinch the win!

Show Recap

Eleven artists, including a lucky TikTok Wildcard entry, competed at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 26 February to showcase to Australia and the world why they deserve to be Australia’s artist at Eurovision in May. Like the previous two editions, the show was hosted by the always charismatic Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, who consistently engaged the crowd and fostered the Eurovision spirit.

The 11 acts performed in the following order:

  1. G-Nat!on โ€“ โ€œBite Meโ€œ
  2. Erica Padilla โ€“ โ€œTo the Bottomโ€œ
  3. Seann Miley Moore โ€“ โ€œMy Bodyโ€œ
  4. Charley โ€“ โ€œI Suck At Being Lonelyโ€œ
  5. Andrew Lambrou โ€“ โ€œElectrifyโ€
  6. Sheldon Riley โ€“ โ€œNot the Sameโ€œ
  7. Paulini โ€“ โ€œWe Are Oneโ€
  8. Jaguar Jonze โ€“ โ€œLittle Firesโ€œ 
  9. Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie โ€“ โ€œWhen Iโ€™m With Youโ€œ
  10. Voyager โ€“ โ€œDreamerโ€
  11. Jude York โ€“ โ€œI Wonโ€™t Need to Dreamโ€œ

A tense results sequence

The result was decided by an equal weighting of a public and jury vote. The Australian public was able to vote for their favourite act via SMS, even prior to the final to ensure that everyone had ample time to give their say. The remaining 50% was decided by a jury of industry experts. A familiar face on this panel was Alexandra Rotan from KEiiNO, Norway’s Eurovision representative in 2019, Australia’s personal favourite and the overall televote winner.

The results of Australia Decides were revealed in a different model in comparison to previous years, and more akin to how results at the Eurovision Song Contest are revealed. Audience votes were ranked for the first time, meaning that the most amount of points an artist could get from the jury would be the same as the amount of points they got from the public.

Australia Decides Full Results Breakdown

As expected, this led to a tense voting sequence, and the winner was not clear until the final points were revealed. Ultimately, Voyager won the hearts of the Australian public, whilst Jaguar Jonze came on top in the jury vote. Sheldon placed 2nd in both the jury and televote, which was enough to secure him the win. Take a look at the full vote breakdown below!

RankArtistSongJuryTelevoteTotal
1Sheldon Riley“Not the Same”5050100
2Voyager“Dreamer”376097
3Jaguar Jonze“Little Fires”514091
4Charley“I Suck at Being Lonely”333063
5G-Nat!on“Bite Me”114556
6Paulini“We Are One”322052
7Andrew Lambrou“Electrify”163551
8Jude York“I Don’t Need To Dream”321547
9Isaiah Firebrace & Evie Irie“When I’m With You”351045
10Erica Padilla“To the Bottom”202545
11Seann Miley Moore“My Body”18523

Sheldon’s Winning Performance

Sheldon Riley will compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. He is set to perform in the first half of the show on May 12th. Check out Sheldon’s winning performance below!

Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Australia has competed at the Eurovision Song Contest six times, ever since they made their debut in 2015 with Guy Sebastian and his song “Tonight Again”. Since then, they have managed to keep up an impressive qualification streak, only recording one non-qualification in 2021.

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Comments on Sheldon Riley wins Australia Decides 2022 with “Not the Same”

  • Perth Eurovision fan

    Voyager got 60 votes from audience and Sheldon got 50.
    How can you say sheldon won the public vote? Voyager were the winners in the eyes and hearts of the Australian voting public.

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