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Australia: Isaiah Firebrace – Don’t Come Easy

Drumroll... It's X-Factor 2016 winner, Isaiah Firebrace; the guy we expected SBS not to pick, and another ballad in this year's lineup. Isaiah will perform Don't Come Easy in the first half of semi-final 1. I had heard Australia planned to send an upbeat song to Kyiv, but like last year, it seems they had a number of options on the table and Isaiah’s turned out to be the best, even though it’s another ballad. Having said that, it’s high quality and will surely be recognised by the juries for its writing and exquisite arrangement. This time last year, the…
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The juries will enjoy this, it just depends if they favour the heavily produced Australian juggernaut, or the simplicity and honesty of Portugal’s song.

User Rating: 2.86 ( 28 votes)

Drumroll… It’s X-Factor 2016 winner, Isaiah Firebrace; the guy we expected SBS not to pick, and another ballad in this year’s lineup.

Isaiah will perform Don’t Come Easy in the first half of semi-final 1.

I had heard Australia planned to send an upbeat song to Kyiv, but like last year, it seems they had a number of options on the table and Isaiah’s turned out to be the best, even though it’s another ballad. Having said that, it’s high quality and will surely be recognised by the juries for its writing and exquisite arrangement.

This time last year, the market reacted negatively to Dami Im being selected, and the price lengthened further when Sound of Silence was released. By the time we got to Stockholm, the delegation had added more build and vocal variations to the song, and despite an initial hesitance to the staging concept, Australia edged themselves into contender territory. So the point here is, don’t judge Australia now, judge them at May’s rehearsals.

As an X Factor winner, Isaiah has proved he’s able to win peoples’ hearts, as well as deliver under pressure. The main question now is, can he maintain Australia’s presence in the top-5? I think he can. The juries will enjoy this, it just depends if they favour the heavily produced Australian juggernaut, or the simplicity and honesty of Portugal’s song. The same goes for the televote, as both singers boast strong stage presence; Isaiah’s intense camera connection works, as does Salvadore’s charming, ‘away with the fairies’ performance.

May’s rehearsals will sort the two.

Can Isaiah fire his way into the Eurovision top-5?

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15 comments

  1. I’m surprised with the negative reaction. Maybe fans are annoyed it’s a ballad and one not sung by a woman at that.
    This will qualify on jury alone and is a certain qualifier.
    It’s radio friendly, has lots of jury appeal and one of the strongest hooks yet.
    I’m not ruling out the win but it needs a good draw to get close enough on the televote and maybe the EBU will be reluctant to push it as hard as they did last year.
    I think this is a definite top 10 based of the current field and a very likely top 5. Waiting on Azerbaijan and Armenia, but as it stands this wins the first semi for me above any of Swedens options and most likely whatever Portugal do with Salvador.

    • I respect his song, but … radio friendly? Having listened three times, I don’t feel like singing it. He isn’t the one to ooze charisma, also. Being 17, I expected something more from him, he looks 30 from the hand gestures in the clip. I’d also seen several other performances and he’s not that expressive either, that sad look on his face does match the song, but it doesn’t inspire either.

      As you’ve said, it will probably go good with the juries, but the staging will be the make-or-break of this song.

  2. It’s a nice song, a bit of a slow burner though. I’d have liked the second chorus to kick off a bit more. His singing style reminds me a bit of Will Young or a male Adele, but he’s not a powerhouse like Guy and Dami are. His voice has a softer, easy listening/soul curve to it. A big uptempo would never suit him.

    The song is good quality and chart-worthy and I’ll be surprised to see it out of the top 10. I’m looking forward to the staging they’ll bring, but they need to add some more warmth visually to this because it might come off a bit dark if they’re not careful.

  3. Pretty poor this from Australia.It will be polished of course and staged and performed very well,but has no more than a middle of the road televote or jury appeal.They wont be getting pushed this year i doubt.

    • You forget that Björkman is now the show’s producer and he’s the biggest Australia brownnoser of the lot.

  4. Wannabe Sam Smith snoozefest. Does anyone want to win this year?!

  5. OMG you know it’s a bad year when even Australia aren’t trying…it’s a decent song but decent his a massive step down by Australian standards. Should still qualify and with the other songs selected should be the running for top 10 but unfortunately like the others nowhere near close to challenging Italy.

  6. It’s so boring.

    Again, again and again ballad

  7. The song is nothing special and it’s not screaming winner at me, but then neither was Sound of Silence and look how close Dami came.

    That’s said it’s a good modern pop song, the song builds very well through the 3 minutes and we can probably expect it to be well sung (but not with Dami’s power).

    Like many here, in the context of what else is being served up, I see this as a likely top 10. It maybe even could make top 5 – because in terms of songs already declared, with the exception of Occidentali’s Karma I’m currently not seeing any likely alternatives.

  8. I have a feeling that he will sound better live, and for a strange reason ( dont kill me please) I think this is a contender for the win.

  9. He has a unique look and definitely has charisma…

    Much of the effectiveness of the song will depend on the staging…

    Strong contender for top 5!!

  10. Does he say shit at 0.28 or i am wrong?

  11. Good Review. On first listen, it came across as a bit dull, but I’ve come around to it since. Isaiah has a strong textured vocal that will likely sound better live, and he’s a very assured capable performer. Until now, I’d been looking out for a credible English language alternative to Italy’s package, something for Juries/televoters to go for, if the Gorilla shtick isn’t their cup of tea, and this might be the best alternative. My take is Australia probably have a stronger chance of winning the jury tally than Italy, but to take it outright, they’re going to need a cracking stage production and a bit of luck. All in all, another top job from Oz.

  12. Hmmm isnt 10 to 1 for this song to win the semi a little bit too much?

  13. This will put everyone to sleep. Australia is staying away from top 8 this year

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