He will be the second Indigenous singer to represent Australia at Eurovision
A teenage singing sensation will represent Australia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Isaiah Firebrace was today announced as Australia’s contestant at this year’s contest which will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Firebrace first was thrust into the spotlight last year when he was won X Factor Australia.
The 17-year-old comes from a small town in regional Victoria and his six-hour round trips to singing lessons proved his dedication to his craft.
The song he will perform – Don’t Come Easy – was also revealed today at an event in Melbourne.
‘I’m so proud to be representing Australia as our entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017,’ he said.
‘Even though it has been a dream of mine, never did I think for one minute it would be a possibility. To be able to share this news with my family and friends is unbelievable.
‘I can’t wait to go to the Ukraine to perform Don’t Come Easy. I will make Australia proud.’
Firebrace is no stranger to global success, his first single It’s Gotta Be You went platinum in Sweden and charting in over 15 countries.
Don’t Come Easy is an emotive ballad showcasing his vocal range and unique ability to connect with powerful lyrics. The song is about fighting for your dreams even when it isn’t easy.
Don’t Come Easy was written by the same team who wrote Dami Im’s 2016 Eurovision hit Sound of Silence. That song won the Marcel Bezençon Composers Award for the best original composition at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Firebrace is the fourth Australian to represent his country at Eurovision following Dami Im who was runner-up in 2016 and Guy Sebastian who finished fifth in 2015.
He is the second Aboriginal singer to represent Australia at Eurovision after Jessica Mauboy a guest performer in 2014.
Australian broadcaster SBS airs the Eurovision finals and campaigned for Australia to be included in the contest. It has been broadcasting Eurovision since 1983 and is a ratings hit for the network, with 3.7 million Aussies tuning in to watch the 2016 contest.
‘The theme of Eurovision this year is ‘Celebrate Diversity’ and we are once again thrilled to be participating in a global event which could not be more aligned with SBS’s own purpose,’ SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said.
‘Isaiah is a young artist who beautifully embodies the Australian spirit with his passion, hard work and humility, not to mention immense talent at just 17 years old.
‘We are proud to have him represent our country, and can’t wait to see him shine in Kyiv.’
Listen to Australia’s 2017 Eurovision song: