Australia: Dami Im

Australia Dami Im

 

 

In a move that’s far from shocking (just think of that lucrative deal for the European Broadcasting Union, the non-profit body responsible for staging the contest), Australia has been allowed to return to the contest this year. Its future in the contest is reportedly “uncertain” (sure, sure), but unlike 2015 Australia won’t gain an automatic place in the final, which was given as a one-off grace in honour of Eurovision’s 60th anniversary last year.

Thankfully – and unlike many of the European hopefuls, including the Big Five countries that are guaranteed a place in the final as the largest financial contributors – what Australia have brought the competition, for the second time, is genuine musical talent. Australian X Factor winner Dami Im is among the best of this year’s many female soloists, with the kind of power I’d like to see competing in a face-off with Loreen.

 

Credit: Giles Park, Dami Im


 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

Australia: 8 points

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 43 acts entering this year’s contest using the EBU’s scoring system (12, 10 and 8-1 points).