Ahead of the 2022 season, we wanted to know what the best Australian Eurovision song ever was.
We asked Aussievision readers about their favorite entries that represented either Australia, were Australian citizens (who competed for other nations) as well as our “Eurovision – Australia Decides” entries.
And now the results are here!
We will count down from 32nd place to 1st:
32. Aydan – ‘Dust’ (2019) – 19 points
31. iOTA – ‘Life’ (2020) – 28 points
30. Tania Doko – ‘Piece of Me’ (2019) – 29 points
29. Jordan-Ravi – ‘Pushing the stars’ (2020) – 33 points
28. Jack Vidgen – “I am king, I am queen” (2020) – 39 points
27. Diana Rouvas – “Can We Make Heaven” (2020) – 39 points
26. Ella Hooper – ‘Data Dust’ (2019) – 44 points
25. Mark Vincent – “This is not the end” (2019) – 47 points
24. Alfie Arcuri – “To myself” (2019) – 64 points
23. Leea Nanos – “Set Me Free” (2019) – 74 points
22. Genealogy – ‘Face the Shadow’ (2015) – 83 points
21. Mitch Tambo – “Together” (2020) – 85 points
20. Shadows – “Let me be the only one” – 85 points
2nd place Eurovision 1975 (for the United Kingdom)
Originally the backing group of Cliff Richard (who performed with him on stage at Eurovision Song Contest in 1973 but was not credited), The Shadows were internally selected to represent the UK at the ‘Eurovision 1975.
The group included Australian John Farrar, well known for his work with Olivia Newton-John including “Physical”, “Magic”, “You’re the One That I Want” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You”.
They finished second in the Dutch group Teach-In with ‘Ding-a-dong’.
19. Courtney Act – “Fight for love” – 102 points
4th place Australia decides 2019
When ‘Celebrity Big Brother UK’ winner, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ finalist and ‘Australian Idol’ star Courtney Act was announced for the first ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’, she certainly stirred up tongues.
In a well-balanced staging with a catchy and catchy song, Courtney finished in 4th place overall.
18. Didirri – ‘Raw Stuff’ – 108 points
4th place Australia decides 2020
Self-proclaimed “sad boi” Didirri had already established a successful freelance career when he joined Australia Decides in 2020.
His touching piano ballad and warm personality won over more than one and saw him finish in 4th place.
17. Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons of love” – 155 points
3rd place Australia decides 2020
Vanessa gave Australian viewers an epic setting on the Gold Coast in 2020.
Getting out of a wrecked car before being sprayed with “rain” while singing her song “Lessons of Love”, she certainly caught the attention of many, finishing in 3rd place on the night.
16. The New Seekers – “Beg, Steal or Borrow” – 164 points
2nd place Eurovision 1972 (for the United Kingdom)
The New Seekers was formed after the disbandment of The Seekers and included British artists as well as two Australians – Peter Doyle and Marty Kristian.
The New Seekers were selected to represent the UK in 1972 and Peter and Marty would be the first Australians to participate in Eurovision.
They finished in 2nd place behind ‘Après toi’ by Vicky Leandros representing Luxembourg.
15. Casey Donovan – “Proud” – 168 points
2nd place Australia decides 2020
As the winner of “Australian Idol” and “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, Casey Donovan was one of the most popular artists of the 2020 edition of “Australia Decides”.
His song “Proud” hadn’t caught the attention of many people until the live event.
In a stunning vocal performance, Casey won over many, knocking out the audience vote but narrowly missing out on victory on the night. When there is a public vote, watch out for Casey!
14. Isaiah Firebrace – “Don’t Come Easy” – 194 points
9th Eurovision Song Contest 2017
After winning the X Factor in 2016, Isaiah was internally selected to represent Australia at Eurovision 2017.
Her song ‘Don’t Come Easy’ was written by the songwriting team DNA who was behind ‘Sound of Silence’. Isaiah’s composition and jury performance saw him finish 4th with the music experts, 25th with the audience and 9th overall.
13. Texas Lightning – “No, no never” – 197 points
14th Eurovision Song Contest 2006 (for Germany)
Jane Comerford was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, but has made a career in the United States and Europe.
In 2006, she joined the Hamburg-based group Texas Lightning and won a spot in Eurovision by beating Eurovision royalty Vicky Leandros (Eurovision winner in 1972) as well as Thomas Anders (who was the former singer of the German super-duo ‘Modern Talking) in the final German national concert.
In the Eurovision Song Contest, the song finished in a very credible 14th place.
12. Olivia Newton John – “Long live love” – 223 points
4th Eurovision Song Contest 1974 (for the United Kingdom)
Olivia was selected internally for Eurovision 1974 partly on the recommendation of Cliff Richard.
Although the song the UK chose for Olivia was not her favorite (she preferred one of the other ‘Angel Eyes’ picks), she finished in an excellent 4th place on the evening behind a little Swedish band. known called ABBA.
11. Anja Nissen – “Where I am” – 226 points
20th Eurovision Song Contest 2017 (for Denmark)
After a victory over The Voice Australia in 2014, Anja represented Denmark (where her parents were from) in 2017 with ‘Where I Am’. The song was written by Anja herself as well as two other Australians, Angel Tupai and Michael D’Arcy Emman.
After finishing 10th in the semi-final, Anja would finish in 20th place in the Grand Final (including 8 points from the Australian televote).
10. Sheppard – ‘On My Way’ – 238 points
Australia decides 2019
Sheppard was one of the favorites for the inaugural edition of Australia Decides in 2019.
They finished very believably 3rd on the night, but their song ‘On My Way’ has become extremely popular in Australia and Europe with over 17 million streams on Spotify to date.
9. Montaigne – ‘Technicolor’ – 247 points
14th Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Montaigne bounced back from the canceled 2020 Eurovision contest with this eye-catching hyperpop entry this year.
Unfortunately, she was unable to make it to the Rotterdam competition where her live-on-tape version failed to qualify for the semi-finals. Despite the absence of the Grand Final, this unique entry still has many fans.
8. Jaguar Jonze – “Rabbit hole” – 268 points
6th Australia decides 2020
Although they only finished 6th at Australia Decides, fans have an unwavering love for Jaguar Jonze and his rock song ‘Rabbit Hole’.
With a hard-hitting staging (where she dislocated her shoulder), Jaguar’s entry endured with the fandom long after the event itself.
7. Montaigne – “Don’t break me” – 415 points
Montaigne was the second winner of ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ with ‘Don’t Break Me’.
The song was co-written between Montaigne and the DNA writing team (behind ‘Sound of Silence’ and ‘Don’t Come Easy’). Montaigne won the jury vote and was a close finalist in the public vote to remove the trophy.
Unfortunately, she was unable to compete in Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Don’t Break Me’ due to the competition being canceled that year.
6. Jessica Mauboy – “We have love” – 636 points
20th Eurovision Song Contest 2018
After playing in the semifinals at Eurovision 2014 with “Sea of Flags”, Jessica was chosen internally to represent Australia in 2018.
His song “We Got Love” (co-written with DNA) was a fan favorite before the competition in Lisbon. Unfortunately, the live did not have the desired impact on television with Jessica finishing in 20th place.
However, Jessica has breathed new life into the song in recent years with its uplifting anthemic nature used in the 2019/2020 bushfire relief concerts and on the SBS cover of “Big Night In” in 2020 as a replacement. of Eurovision that year.
5. Gina G – “Ooh Aah … Just a little bit” – 702 points
8th Eurovision Song Contest 1996
Gina G entered Eurovision 1996 as one of the favorites with her pop hit ‘Ooh Aah … Just a Little Bit’. Unfortunately, she finished in 8th place with Ireland taking the win with ‘The Voice’.
However, the song went on to become a worldwide hit at No. 1 in the UK, No. 5 in Australia and in the Top 10 in many countries in Europe and the world. It was also ranked No. 12 in the United States and was nominated for a Grammy.
A legacy and lasting success that most Eurovision winners did not achieve.
4. Electric fields – ‘2000 and whatever’ – 793 points
2nd Australia decides 2019
Electric Fields is made up of Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross and the duo have had a huge impact at ‘Eurovision – Australia Decide’. Fans were immediately drawn to their song “2000 and whatever”, which features uses of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages.
Although they failed to win the title, the song represented Australia in the OGAE Second Chance competition (a competition for the best songs not to win their national final) by finishing 4th.
3. Guy Sebastian – “Tonight again” – 856 points
5th Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Guy was the first artist to represent Australia at Eurovision Song Contest. In Vienna, he sang house with a perfect rendition of “Tonight Again” finishing in 5th place in an incredibly competitive year.
A magnificent first result which saw us be invited back the following year.
2. Kate Miller-Heidke – “Zero gravity” – 1074 points
9th Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Kate was the first winner of “Eurovision – Australia Decides” 2019, garnering the support of the jury and the public.
Its staging on the Gold Coast divided opinion as far as Tel Aviv, but as soon as it deployed this pole on stage, Europe and the world were conquered.
In a competitive competition, Kate finished in 9th place, but the legacy of her performance (which won the Marcel Bezençon Artistic Prize) will go down in Eurovision history for a long time.
1. Dami Im – “Sound of Silence” – 1340 points
2nd Eurovision 2016
Australia’s most successful entry is also your favorite.
Dami Im wins our poll with the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 ‘Sound of Silence’.
After winning the jury and finishing 4th in the televoting, she was on the verge of winning the crown.
His song written by ADN won the Marcel Bezençon Composers Award and the song is regularly ranked in the Top 30 of the annual ESC 250 poll which sees fans vote for their all-time favorite Eurovision song.
So, will another Australian entry surpass ‘Sound of Silence’ in popularity among fans and even win the Eurovision Song Contest?
We’ll find out what our 2022 Eurovision Song Contest – Australia Decides will be on the Gold Coast in February next year and where they’ll feature in fan folklore.