SBS reveals Dami Im for Australia at Eurovision 2016!
Australia returns to the Eurovision Song Contest this year, after debuting in Vienna last year, and has now revealed who will represent them in Stockholm.
Australian broadcaster SBS has chosen Korean-Australian singer and X Factor winner Dami Im!
Presented by Conchita and Guy
Dami Im was presented to the public by the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and Australia’s first-ever representative Guy Sebastian at the Sydney Opera House.
From piano teacher to X Factor winner
Dami was born in South Korea in 1988, but moved to Brisbane, Australia with her family when she was nine. Educated in music, Dami studied music at Griffith University and has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland, and worked as a music and piano teacher.
With the release of her debut album Dream in 2010, Dami began her career as a solo artist and continued releasing music the following years.
The Australian public got to know Dami in 2013, when she entered The X Factor Australia with great success and rave reviews from the judges, calling her “world class.” She ultimately won the show and a record contract with Sony Music Australia. Following her victory, she has released an additional two albums.
Dami is the perfect artist
“Australia has embraced the Eurovision spirit for over 30 years on SBS, but we’re a competitive nation, and last year with our very own contestant to cheer for and a chance of winning, Australia was completely captivated by the contest on the other side of the world. Reaching over 4 million Australians, it was our biggest Eurovision audience ever.
We’re thrilled to be welcomed back to the Eurovision family this year, and Dami is the perfect artist to take that next step for Australia on the world’s biggest stage. The essence of the Eurovision Song Contest is about bringing countries together for a celebration of their diversity and culture through music, and it’s that element which resonates so strongly with SBS’s own purpose,” said SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid to Eurovision.tv.
Dami Im’s song for Stockholm will be revealed on March 11. Unlike last year, Australia will have to qualify through their semi-final, to make it to the Grand Final.