Australia's 2018 Eurovision Contestant Announced

Australia's 2018 Eurovision Contestant Announced

An Aria award-winning performer who became the first indigenous artist to reach number one on the Australian album charts previous year, Mauboy admits that while she was "definitely barracking for my great friends" in the competition, there was "some part of me saying I would like a chance to compete".

Australian's broadcaster has made their choice for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 official.

More than 180 million viewers across the globe are expected to tune in to the semi-finals and grand final.

'Jessica Mauboy's performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision - 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, ' reported.

The songstress belted out Sea of Flags in 2014 to an audience of 125 million, but Australia wasn't officially invited to participate in the competition until 2015. I've been following Jessica's career from the start and the girl's gone from strength to strength - she can sing, dance, act - I hear she can even make a mean Portuguese Tart.

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The 2018 Eurovision Contest will be the fourth time Australia has competed in the event, with all of Australia's performances so far placed within the top 10. Good luck, Jessica, we're all cheering for you!

"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".

Mauboy will be the second indigenous artist to compete for Australia. Now, it has been announced that Jessica Mauboy is set to be Australia's entry in the 2018 event.

"It is such an opportunity to put all of my heart into creating something that will rock the world".

Following Australia's first foray into the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015 with former Australian Idol victor Guy Sebastian (who finished fifth), we sent along Dami Im (who finished second) in 2016, before Isaiah Firebrace (who finished ninth) was our muso of choice in 2017. It brings the whole world together, really. Despite becoming runner-up, she became one of the countries most successful female artists. "Let's show Europe what we're made of!"