Tonight 11 acts battled it out to become Australia’s next representative during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. After an exciting evening of music and entertainment it was Sheldon Riley who eventually won the audience over with the song “Not The Same”.
The decision was made on the basis of a 50/50 vote of the audience and the professional jury. The public has been able to support their favourite nominee since yesterday morning at 10am, when SBS published snippets of the 11 set designs and opened the tele-vote. The jury also cast their votes yesterday during the dress rehearsal of the gala.
Sheldon Riley was the winner of the contest and will represent Australia at Eurovision 2022 next May.
Australia in Eurovision
The next Eurovision act of Australia will be the successor to Montaigne, who was Australia’s representative for the cancelled 2020 contest, and eventually had to perform live-on-video, because of COVID restrictions, during the contest of 2021. Unfortunately Montaigne did not make it into the Grand Final of the 2021 contest, marking the first time ever in Australia’s presence at the contest that the country did not qualify for the Grand Final. In their second attempt, back in 2016, Australia came very close to winning, when Dami Im sang the power-ballad “Sound of Silence” in Stockholm, Sweden.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 10th (Semi-final 1), 12th (Semi-final 2), and on the 14th (Grand Final) in Turin, Italy. Australia will compete in the first half of the second Semi-final.