From over 1500 applications, French broadcaster France 2 has selected 18 songs that will be performed in two semi finals in 2018. Out of these acts, the representing 2018-act for France will be selected.
The names of the artists and their songs have not been released yet, but there will be several well known composers behind the songs. Maître Gims, Zazie and 2017-participant Alma are rumoured to have made the cut with songs by their hand.
A new format in France
In each semi final, 9 songs will take part. A French and an international jury will then select which acts will advance to the final. Amir (Eurovision 2016) is part of the French jury, together with Cristophe Willem and Isabelle Boulay. In the International jury we see Christer Björkman (HoD Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (HoD Italy) en Olga Salamakha (HoD Belarus). Caligiore and the French HoD Edoardo Grassi have become good friends during the last two Eurovision editions.
The French final will be broadcast live by France 2 and televoters will also have a 50 percent saying in who they want to be represented by in Lisbon. Dates for the shows are not known yet.
Jessica Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014 as interval act, but actually taking part is something different. She tells this to ESCDaily and als reveals her plans for Lisbon!
“It is a very different feeling. I was nervous back then, but this is another level of pressure. I will try to represent my people, my culture, and I am looking forward to that very much.”
An uptempo to midtempo song for Australia
What kind of song can we expect from Jessica, on behalf of Australia? It is probably the main question at the moment, and she is giving us her first thoughts:
“Maybe an uptempo song, or mid-tempo. I would like to celebrate a more hyped performance. That consist of some movements. I want to make the world move.”
“My mission is to create a song that will have some fysical and visual effect. I definitely want to do the whole package. And add a cultural background to the act, perhaps there might be some aborignal dialect in there.”
The Australian song for Eurovison will be presented at a later stage. Jessica Mauboy is hoping she can come to Europe for some promotional events.
SBS had confirmed that Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Her song will be presented at a later stage.
Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014, when she was on of the interval acts of the contest in Copenhagen with the song ‘Sea of flags’. Four years later she returns for the real deal.
Jessica is very excited
Jessica Mauboy is, of course, very excited to take part. “I will sing my heart out for Australia,” she sends on Twitter.
I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!! In 2018, I will be representing Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!! 😱 I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous – mainly about the dress! 💕😂#SBSEurovisionpic.twitter.com/psBKqoGf7o
— Jessica Mauboy (@jessicamauboy) December 11, 2017
Later today, we will get a personal reaction by Jessica Mauboy herself. Stay tuned to ESCDaily!
Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke is delighted that Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. “Jessica Mauboy’s performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision,” he tells ESCDaily.
“Before the great moments of Guy, Dami and Isaiah there was Jess, who touched the hearts of the Eurovision directors and proved just how talented our vocalists are,” Paul Clarke says in a press statement. “Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned. We can’t wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision-style as a galactic soul diva.”
Joel Creasey: ‘Jess is a true star’
Commentator Joel Creasey is also a great fan of Jessica Mauboy and thinks she will do well in Lisbon: “Ever since my failed audition for the Young Divas back in ’08, I’ve been trying everything I can to work with Jess Mauboy. Her response has mostly been ‘Can I Get a Moment To Myself?!’ – but finally, the stars have aligned! Jess is a true star with a powerhouse voice and has a great personality to boot. J-Mau, you’re going to be amazing. Let’s show Europe what we’re made of!”
The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest television music competition and in 2017, the Semi Finals and Grand Final attracted 182 million* viewers worldwide and reached more than three million** Australians.
After SBS have made an unexpectedly early announcement, revealing that Australia’s entrant for Eurovision 2018 will be announced on Monday, 11th December, Joshua Mayne discusses the possibilities for artist selection.
The promotional video published on Twitter did not give any extra details, leaving Aussie Eurovision fans in a state of rumour and prediction frenzy.
Australia’s Eurovision artist will be revealed on Monday! 🎉 Start guessing… https://t.co/Q2QithxAS0pic.twitter.com/RaQn3oMg86
— SBS Australia (@SBS) December 8, 2017
The past three years of participation have seen only Sony Music artists being selected for Australia, due to SBS and Blink TV’s partnership with Sony.
Potential artists for Australia
As Australia’s artist for their 2014 ‘display act’, Jessica Mauboy is a firm favourite to represent Australia at Eurovision in Lisbon. Her loveable, charismatic personality has already won the hearts of many, and another opportunity on the Eurovision stage is sure to win her more fans (and possibly votes).
Her origins lie in outback Australia, with the Indigenous tribe KuKu Yalanji. Australian Idol in 2006 kick started her career in music, and she has gone on to sell over 2.5 million units in Australia, receiving a number of ARIA Awards along the way. Gifted with a beautiful, rich and unforgettable voice, Jessica Mauboy has proven time and time again to be one of Australia’s strongest live performers.
With a diverse catalogue of songs to her name, Mauboy would allow the songwriters and delegation to be flexible in song selection, arguably the most important aspect of any Eurovision performance. For a performer in this contest, she ticks all the boxes. She has an amazing voice, great stage presence, outstanding live performance ability and experience on the Eurovision stage – a strong candidate indeed…
Best described as a dynamic duo with edge, The Veronicas have recently returned to prominence in the Australian music scene. Songs from 2016 including ‘On Your Side’ and ‘In My Blood’ have propelled their status, and proven their intentions to keep making music.
The duo, consisting of twin sisters Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso, are immediately recognisable by their unique styling and voices. Their main strength for Eurovision, however, would be their chemistry. Australia is yet to send a group to Eurovision, and the Veronica’s have had almost two decades of experience singing together professionally.
It would be a selection that would please many fans, and for good reason. Performances from the pair are memorable, and when it comes to Eurovision voting, that’s what you want your performance to be (for the right reasons, of course). Each year, the Veronicas have been rumoured to compete for their nation. With Australia’s participation confirmed again, this year could be their year.
Like Jessica Mauboy, Anthony Callea started his career on Australian Idol, finishing runner up in 2004. Having won ARIA Awards throughout his career, Callea is an established and successful Australian artist. The 34-year-old has also recently re-united with Sony Music Australia, placing him in a position to be selected to represent Australia at Eurovision.
His vocals are particularly strong and well controlled, with emotion always evident in his performances. Callea’s ability is, simply, very impressive, and would be sure to captivate the European audience.
‘Backbone’ (2016) was his latest album release, with Callea remaining relatively quiet in the industry since. Competing in Lisbon could quite possibility be another highlight in what has been a very successful and sustained career.
Goodrem has been prominent in the Australian pop scene for almost fifteen years, receiving numerous platinum accolades domestically and internationally. Like some other artists in this article, she has been consistently rumoured as an option for Australian selection at Eurovision.
An Australian favourite, Delta’s biggest strength is her versatility. She has the gift of being able to begin a song with an angelic, delicate tone, only for a powerful and groovy voice to be revealed when the chorus begins. Her ability is highlighted in the song ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’, comprising of the type of energy that could win the competition. Her incredibly vast skillset is displayed in this track as she contrasts soft verses with an energetic and joyful chorus.
Goodrem’s experience places her in great footing in the lead up to Australia’s artist selection. Her personality, experience and ability on stage are only some of the attributes that make her a more than suitable candidate for Eurovision.
Placing fourth in The Voice Australia Season Five, Ellen Reed is the least well known out of the artists on the list, however, there is merit to the possibility of her selection. A press release (https://prwire.com.au/pr/74120/brisbane-singer-to-take-world-stage) revealed her intentions to compete for Australia at the song contest, with the Brisbane Mayor (Graham Quirk) and Queensland Premier (Annastacia Palaszczuk) supporting the bid. The statement further elaborated on how Reed is “well positioned and firmly set to take on the challenge” of performing at Eurovision”.
With a voice that has the ability to be powerful and subtle, Ellen Reed has the capacity to sing an emotional song, lending herself to numerous genres. She would also be suited to the Eurovision stage with experience in an array of live performances with orchestras and bands at events.
Maybe not the strongest and most accomplished singer on paper, but for Eurovision, that isn’t necessarily a limiting factor. Many European artists have boosted a previously small career by competing in the song contest.
Simply known as ‘Ricki-Lee’, her fun, upbeat songs have characterised the majority of her career. Recently, however, we are seeing a rawer, less refined aspect of her capacity as an artist, best seen in her 2017 song ‘Not Too Late’. Like Anthony Callea and Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee also began her career on Australian Idol in 2004.
Apart from the fact that she is vocally strong and a charismatic performer, rumours about Ricki-Lee’s participation in 2018 were sparked by an Instagram live chat in November, where she revealed that participating in the contest would be “amazing”. Ultimately, this is just a rumour that doesn’t prove much, but it’s something.
If selected, it would be an exciting and interesting exercise for fans to mull over what song she would perform. She would dazzle and entertain with a dance song, but most definitely would have the ability to perform an emotional ballad. Does the Eurovision stage in Lisbon await Ricki-Lee?
Broadcaster RTVSLO has announced the 16 participating artists in EMA 2018, the Slovenian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. ManuElla and Tanja Ribic return to the stage to represent Slovenia again.
ManuElla took part in 2016 with her song ‘Blue and Red’, however failed to qualify from the semi finals. Another familiar name in the line-up is BQL, who took part in EMA 2017 as well with their song ‘Heart of gold’, which turned out to become a fan-favourite.
Tanja Ribic is another former Eurovision participant, though it was a long time ago. She represented Slovenia in 1997 with the song ‘Zbudi Se’.
The pre-selection and final selection take place in February 2018. Sixteen songs will take part but only eight of them will qualify for the final evening. Four of these finalists will be chosen by a public vote, and four will be picked by a professional jury. Afterwards, in the final, a public vote will decide who will be the Slovenian representative at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest.