Australia will cheer behind “X-Factor” Australia winner Dami Im when she takes the centre stage in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in May.
This is the second year Australia joined the competition. Last year, Guy Sebastian had a chance to be in Eurovision and finished fifth.
Im was announced as Australia’s representative after the audience at a Sydney Opera House concert was impressed of her rendition of Abba’s “Waterloo.”
— Dami Im (@damiandmusic) March 3, 2016
The Korean-born Australian singer is set to debut at Eurovision the song she has written for the contest, The Guardian wrote.
ESC Daily, meanwhile, reported that there have been rumours circulating in the country that Im will choose a song that is more like an anthem.
“I think it will be similar like the style of her songs Alive and Gladiator. An uptempo ballad-styled song with a big chorus. Something that is gonna raise the roof, and Dami can hit some high notes to get her in the final,” ESC Daily reporter Renee Pozzi said.
To eased speculations on what she will be singing, Im shared on Twitter and on Instagram a sneak peak of the song she chose for the competition. She captioned the video on Twitter: “SO excited to share a taste of my #SBSEurovision song! For the full video, watch @TheFeedSBS at 7.30pm! #SoundOfSilence.”
— Dami Im (@damiandmusic) March 10, 2016
Im rose to fame after she won the Australian “X Factor” in 2013. After the victory, she released her single, titled “Alive.” This was followed by a second self-titled album, both of which debuted at number one position on Australia’s ARIA charts, Mashable wrote.
Meanwhile, the singer admitted she asked Sebastian for some Eurovision advice. “He told me that it’s sort of like the Hunger Games but a really positive one,” she said.
Im was the favourite after Delta Goodrem, Samantha Jade, and Tina Arena did not make the cut, The Guardian wrote. The newspaper added that Sebastian went through to the final last year. But it will be different with Im – she has competed in one of the two semi-finals to qualify.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be held in Sweden this May. It will also be aired on SBS on May 13.