SBS, the Australian national broadcaster has announced that the 2016 Australian entry will be premiered worldwide on Friday 11 March.
Earlier today SBS announced that Dami Im will be flying to Stockholm in order to fly the Aussie flag at the forthcoming 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Dami was selected via an internal selection by SBS in order to represent the Aussies at Europe’s favorite television show. Her Eurovision entry will be premiered next week on 11 March.
Conchita Wurst the 2014 Austrian Eurovision winner made the announcement today at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney during her special concert.
Who is Dami Im?
Dami was born in South Korea, she 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.
Since then, Dami, a Sony Music recording artist, has earned multiple ARIA accreditations, including #1 chart positions and multi-platinum sales for the likes of her self-titled debut album and hit singles Alive, Super love and Gladiator.
Dami is honoured and excited to fly the Aussie flag in Stockholm:
I am so thrilled and honoured to be representing Australia at Eurovision this year in Stockholm. I am really excited to be following in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy who have both graced the Eurovision stage before me.I truly believe that the Australian public and Eurovision fans around the world are going to love the song I will be performing in Sweden. I cannot wait to showcase it to the world and represent Australia to the best of my ability!
Paul Clarke, the Australian Head of Delegation, Director of Blink TV, SBS’s Eurovision production partner is very pleased with the choice:
We are delighted to be invited to Sweden, and we feel we couldn’t have a stronger competitor. Dami has huge musical talent, and her story is like a modern Australian fairy-tale. I expect Eurovision 2016 to be a thrilling, page-turning chapter for her, and for Eurovision fans. Dami’s voice is so powerful and she has a distinctive style that I expect will capture the attention of Europe. I encourage our Eurovision fans across the nation and Europe to really get behind her, and to become the Dami army!
Australia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 with Guy Sebastian who achieved an honorable 5th placing in Vienna. The country is yet to win the event.
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.