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Australia: Sheldon Riley wins the brand new “You’re a Vision” award!

Australia wins the new You’re A Vision Award! According to the Eurovision fans, participant Sheldon Riley wore the most remarkable outfit on the 2022 Eurovision stage. The You’re A Vision Award aims to celebrate the creativity and diversity that embody the Eurovision spirit.

Sheldon Riley finished 15th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. In his striking and remarkable white gown, which weighs 40 kgs, he performed his song “Not the Same”. According to the fans who voted, that was enough to win the new and positively spirited You’re A Vision Award. Australia had a big lead over numbers 2 and 3, Spain and Norway. San Marino just missed out on a place in the top 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wosfFz2FJPU

The top 3:

  1. Australia
  2. Spain
  3. Norway

The new You’re A Vision Award was announced on April 29. Striking pantsuits, dresses, costumes and other creations will forever play a crucial part of the magic of Eurovision. As a participating artist, this occasionally means taking risks and standing out involuntarily, or standing in the spotlights with a dashing fashion choice. The You’re a Vision Award celebrates this inspiring diversity and creativity. Of course it is up to the real Eurovision fans to determine whose outfit was the most notable of them all.

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Australia: Confident of staying in Eurovision

Next year is the last in which Australia is guaranteed a place in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The largest country on the continent of Oceania was invited to participate for the first time in 2015 through SBS, which is an associated member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and in 2019 their participation was extended until 2023.

But Paul Clarke, Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV is convinced Australia has proven it belongs on the stage.

A week ago in Turin, Paul Clarke said:

“Another part (of being here) is doing a little bit of lobbying. Working around the soft political power. The embers are always burning at Eurovision. I’m really confident that will be extended. I think they like our sense of a irreverence and we’ll have a crack with some wild prop. The Kate Miller-Heidke performance is remembered as one of the absolute greatest moments of props they’ve ever seen!”

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Source: TVTonight

Iceland: Possible host country in case Ukraine or Australia win!

According to Icelandic media, Iceland could be a potential host for Eurovision 2023 should Australia or Ukraine end up winning this year’s contest.

As an associate member of the EBU, SBS cannot host Eurovision in case they win. SBS would then have to nominate another broadcaster to organise the show in their country in cooperation with them. Ukraine, the favourites to win Eurovision 2022, would be unlikely to host the 2023 contest due to ongoing war in the country.

SBS previously requested in 2020 that Iceland would host the contest if Australia won. Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, RÚV’s program director, says that the agreement in question is still unclear and that no public agreements are in force. Skarphéðinn further explained the EBU position on letting Iceland host:

“The EBU has repeatedly expressed its support, confidence and trust in smaller competing nations. And the conditions at home have been thoroughly examined for follow-up and confirmation. “

According to Fréttablaðið, Egilshöll is the most likely location for a Eurovision to be hosted in Iceland. Egilshöll is multi-purpose sports hall in Reykjavík. The venue has a capacity of 18,000 for concerts.

Systur will compete in the final of Eurovision 2022 with “Með hækkandi sól”:

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Australia: Sheldon Riley’s interview to EurovisionFun!

After the second rehearsal, Sheldon Riley  spoke exclusively to EurovisionFun.

Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2022. Talking about his rehearsals, Sheldon said that it is a dream coming true and that everything is bigger and better than he expected.

He said that his rehearsals are going really well, but he is a perfectionist and he wants everything to be perfect so he tries even more and he will make some small changes for the second semi-final so that everything will be as it should.

As for the masks that he wears during his performances, he said that he likes wearing them because they hide some things that he is insecure about, but on the same time there is nothing better than taking them off.

You can watch the entire interview of Sheldon Riley in the video below:

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Eurovision 2022: Australia’s Second Rehearsal!

Seventh day of rehearsals in Turin and the last countries of the Second Semifinal are ready for their rehearsals. Australia is first on the scene. She is represented by Sheldon Riley with ‘Not The Same’.

Who is Sheldon Riley?

Sheldon is known both for the strong visuals in his performances and for his fascinating music. Performing, singing, writing and playing the piano is inherent in what it is, considering music as the purest way of expressing one’s emotions and allowing oneself to heal.

In February 2022, Sheldon won the Eurovision – Australia Decides with his song Not The Same, but this was not his first time on television, having previously competed in The X Factor Australia, The Voice Australia, and even America’s Got Talent.

The rehearsal

Sheldon is at the bottom of two giant stairs, to his left and right. She is wearing a huge white wedding dress with fur, covering the floor.

He also wears silver shiny jewelry on his face and hands, as in the national final.

The lighting is quite dark, while the shots are close and from above.

A strong vocal performance by Sheldon, with his great notes ready to break up the stage.

Watch the exclusive clip of the second rehearsal through the cameras:

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Eurovision 2022: Australia’s First Rehearsal!

Second to last on today’s rehearsal programme is Australia, with Sheldon Riley and his powerful ballad Not The Same.

Everything about Sheldon Riley:

Sheldon is critically acclaimed for both the strong visuals in his performances and his captivating music.

The Sydneysider considers performing, singing, writing and playing piano as intrinsic to who he is; regarding music as the purest way of expressing his emotions and allowing himself to heal.

In February 2022, Sheldon won Eurovision – Australia Decides with his song Not The Same… but this wasn’t his first time at the rodeo, having previously competed on The X Factor Australia, The Voice Australia and even America’s Got Talent.

The Rehearsal

Sheldon’s at the bottom of two flights of giant steps, and his outfit is the opposite of Achille Lauro’s – there’s ACRES of it, with a huge fur-trimmed white wedding train that drapes to the floor. He’s also wearing his silver sparkly face and hand jewellery, keeping up the 2022 Eurovision standard for incredible outfits.

This is a powerful vocal performance from Sheldon – those big notes are blowing the roof off the Pala Alpitour right now.

@eurovision Wow! A strong vocal performance from @Sheldon Riley 👏🇦🇺 during his first rehearsal at #Eurovision #Eurovision2022 #EurovisionTikTok ♬ original sound – Eurovision

EBU / NATHAN REINDS

EBU / NATHAN REINDS

The second rehearsal of Australia will take place on Friday 6/5 and we will be able to have a better view of what Sheldon Riley will be presenting on stage.

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Australia: Emily Griggs New Head of Delegation For Eurovision

The Australian broadcaster revealed their new Head of Delegation for Eurovision Song Contest, and that is Emily Griggs.

Emily Griggs has been named as the new Head of Delegation for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest and is the Head of Entertainment and Food at SBS. Emily became part of SBS in August of 2021 from BBC Studios where she was Head of Development and Content, overseeing such shows as Mastermind.

Emily takes that leading role of Head of Delegation from Josh Martin. Josh previously commissioned the launch of a televised selection for Australia; Eurovision – Australia Decides. Also, Paul Clarke keeps his role as the overall Creative Director for the Australian Participation in the contest.

Australia will be represented by Sheldon Riley and the song “Not the Same“:

Australia will perform in number 8 of the running order in the second semi-final on May 12, for a ticket for the Grand Final on Saturday.

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Australia: The running order of Australia Decides 2022!

Earlier today, the running order of the Australian National Final, Australia Decides 2022 was announced! Eleven amazing acts will perform for the chance to represent the nation in Turin, in May, with the winner chosen by a jury and public votes.

The artists’ running order is as follows:

  1. G-Nat!on – “Bite Me
  2. Erica Padilla – “To the Bottom
  3. Seann Miley Moore – “My Body
  4. Charley – “I Suck At Being Lonely
  5. Andrew Lambrou – “Electrify
  6. Sheldon Riley – “Not the Same
  7. Paulini – “We Are One
  8. Jaguar Jonze – “Little Fires
  9. Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie – “When I’m With You
  10. Voyager – “Dreamer
  11. Jude York – “I Won’t Need to Dream

Alongside the performances of the 11 entrants, Australia Decides will feature performances from special guests such as KEiiNO who represented Norway in 2019 with “Spirit In The Sky” as well as Australia Decides 2020 winner, Montaigne! Australia Decides 2022, will be hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst live on SBS on 26 February 2022 at 12:30AM CET.

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Source: SBS/Aussievision

Australia: Listen to all the competing songs of Australia Decides 2022!

The last three songs that fill out the puzzle of the eleven finalists of this year’s Australia Decides were published and now the line-up of the artists competing to be the representative of Australia in Eurovision 2022 in Turin is completed.

The eleven artists that claim the representation of the country are:

  1. Isaiah Firebrace, Evie Irie – “When I’m With You”
  2. Jaguar Jonze – “LITTLE FIRES”
  3. Paulini – “We Are One”
  4. Andrew Lambrou – “Electrify”
  5. Sheldon Riley –  “Not the Same”
  6. G-Nat!on –  “Bite Me”
  7. Sean Miley Moore – “My Body”
  8. Voyager Australia – Dreamer
  9. Charley – “I Suck At Being Lonely”
  10. Jude York – “I Won’t Need to Dream”
  11. Erica Padilla – “To The Bottom”

The National Final:

The eleven candidates will compete in Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 26 for the representation of Australia in Eurovision 2022. After the great success of Eurovision: Australia Decides, SBS decided on keeping the concept of the national final the same for 2022

The hosts of this year’s national final will be, the radio producer and host Myf Warhurst and the comedian Joel Creasey, who will also take the broadcast of the competition in May 2022 upon themselves  on behalf of SBS.

The last winner of Australia Decides was Montaigne with the song “Don’t Break Me”. After the cancellation of the 2020 contest she was internally selected to represent Australia in 2021 with the song “Technicolour”.

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Australia: Interview with Sheldon Riley | From The Voice Australia to pouring his heart out on Australia Decides 2022!

After being chosen for this year’s national final, Australia Decides 2022, Sheldon Riley speaks exclusively to EurovisionFun and Apostolos Bogiannos and Apostolis Matamis.

Sheldon is one of the finalists for Australia’s national final for Eurovision 2022 and will try to represent his country with the song “Not the Same”

I’m a big fan of Eurovision from when I was a kid and i always wanted to be part of it, and the national final is the first step to represent my country. It’s the right time. i wrote this song a few years ago. The lyrics reflect how I evolved and reached the point I am right now. It was not written for Eurovision from the beginning, it was a personal song I always wanted to sing. When the submissions on SBS were open, I felt that it was right to submit the song and I didn’t want to make any changes.  

Known for his spectacular appearances, Sheldon talked about his thoughts on his appearance in the national final:

It will be something big, if you have seen me in the past, I draw inspiration from James Bond. It will be cinematic and pretty dark. Music and staging will mix together perfectly. I am excited about my performance.

Sheldon can’t wait for the competition while he want to listen the other competing songs. He considers himself to be his greater enemy.

Eurovision is a childhood dream, as well as him taking part in The Voice Australia, he wants to not only take part in a competition but the presentation of a song in total using the creativity that comes from him.

His favorite Australian contestant is Dami Im (2016). While from the competition in general, the participants that stand out for him are Barbara Pravi (France 2021) and Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014)

I wanted to start singing thanks to Amy Winehouse, I wanted to start writing music thanks to Adele and I wanted to start presenting something on stage like Lady Gaga. With my participations on The Voice Australia and America’s Got Talent I wanted to offer myself to the world. I am already known in Europe, America and Asia.

Not the Same” will be available on February 15.

Watch the whole exclusive interview of Sheldon Riley in the following video: