Australia’s Sheldon Riley has been voted through Semi Final 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest, and will compete for Australia in the Grand Final on Sunday 15 May on SBS and SBS On Demand.
Overnight in Turin, Italy Sheldon took to the stage to perform his Eurovision song Not The Same, wowing the crowd in the arena, the worldwide voting audience and jurors from competing countries to be one of the ten artists through to the Grand Final.
Sheldon Riley said:
“I’m absolutely ecstatic. Tonight I just wanted to deliver my best performance and make Australia proud. It’s a huge thrill that people across Europe have appreciated Not the Same, and I’m so happy I get to be on the stage again this weekend. I can’t wait to be part of the Grand Final in front of 200 million people, and see what all the other amazing acts are going to bring to the stage. This is honestly a dream come true for me. I am so thankful for all the support from fans over here and everyone back home.”
Australian head of delegation and SBS commissioning editor, Emily Griggs, said:
“Australia is through to the Grand Final once again and we couldn’t be prouder of Sheldon. He has truly captured the attention of Europe and has been representing the country with style and one sensational voice. He’s soared to new heights here in Turin with his reimagined performance. It’s a big weekend of Eurovision ahead and I’m sure the whole country will get behind Sheldon this Sunday on SBS and SBS on Demand.”
Australian creative director of Eurovision and director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said:
“So great to see Europe loving Sheldon, he so deserves to be in the Grand Final this weekend. Australia is back! We are so excited. We will improve again and be competitive as on Sunday morning!”
The Eurovision Grand Final is broadcast live from 5am AEST Sunday 15 May on SBS. Australians need to tune into this broadcast to cast their vote at the same time as European audiences.
SBS’s primetime Grand Final broadcast is 7.30pm Sunday 15 May on SBS, with backstage interviews and behind the scenes action via our Eurovision hosts, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst.