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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.
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?