Brisbane-raised Dami Im has that elusive “X Factor” about her. No wonder she is Australia’s entry to this year’s Eurovision contest. The Korean-born Australian singer’s name was announced at the Sydney Opera House by Conchita Wurst and Guy Sebastian.
Dami Im was being considered along with singing heavyweights like Delta Goodrem, Tina Arena and even Shannon Noll. It was argued that while Goodrem is successful in European countries, Arena enjoys popularity in France.
However, in addition to Im’s singing talent, News.com.au states that it was her fans’ concentrated social media campaign that got her this gig. “I am honoured to have my name mentioned with Tina and Delta and everyone is going to have their opinion about this; some people will be happy, some people won’t be,” she said.
Im’s rendition of Abba’s “Waterloo” simply mesmerised the audience at the Sydney Opera House concert. This was followed by a performance by Guy Sebastian, who came fifth last year in the Eurovision contest. The Guardian informs that Sebastian performed two numbers—one with Wurst and second one was a rendition of his Eurovision song. Wurst ended the concert to a standing ovation for her “Rise Like a Phoenix.”
Dami Im shot to fame after winning the Australian “X Factor” in 2013. Mashable reveals that the singer, who made Australia her home at the age of nine, had been singing in church and gospel groups before her “X Factor” win. She even released an album in 2010 to generate funds for the church. The album was called “Dream.”
After her music show win in 2013, Im released her single called “Alive.” This was followed by a second self-titled album, both of which debuted at number one position on Australia’s ARIA charts, elaborates Mashable.
The Guardian has revealed that Dami Im still has to digest her candidature. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Im said. “It’s the biggest thing an artist can do in Australia or probably around the world, so I’m just so stoked to be a part of it and honoured to represent Australia,” she signed off.