Korean-Australian singer Dami Im will represent Australia at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm. She would become the third Australian singer, after Jess Mauboy and Guy Sebastian, to grace the Eurovision stage. The confirmation came on Thursday night during 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst’s gig at the Sydney Opera House.
After Guy Sebastian wowed Europe with a top five finish as Australia’s first ever Eurovision contestant in 2015, the European Broadcasting Union and Swedish broadcaster SVT have invited Australia back for another dose of Eurovision glitz and glamour, and another shot at Eurovision glory.
Dami’s appointment was met with cheers and a massive round of applause as she walked on stage to stand alongside Wurst and last year’s Australian Eurovision contestant Guy Sebastian.
“We love you Dami!” one fan yelled out, as the lights dimmed for her performance of Waterloo by Eurovision icons, ABBA.
“I just want to say a huge thanks to Conchita for having me at her concert and also Guy for being so supportive and encouraging — he will be a tough act to follow,” Dami said.
“Watch out Sweden, the Aussies are coming.”
The song Dami will sing on the Eurovision stage will be released worldwide by March 11, Eurovision said on its website.
While Australia’s inclusion in Eurovision’s 60th anniversary competition was met with some apprehension in an all-European extravaganza, Sebastian’s performance turned out to be a hit with many new and old fans.
SBS, which will broadcast the competition on May 10, 12 and 14, announced in November that Australia would return to Eurovision.
Chief executive Michael Ebeid said at the time Eurovision was “an opportunity to showcase Australian musical talent in a truly international multicultural celebration”.
Born in South Korea, Dami moved to Logan Valley, Brisbane, with her family when she was 9. In 2013 Dami stepped into the spotlight from nowhere, taking out the X Factor crown and winning the hearts of over 3 million Australians with her astonishing voice and transformation into a fully-fledged pop diva.
Courtesy: SBS, ABC News, SMH, Daily Mail