This year marked an historic decision from the EBU to allow Australia compete in Eurovision Song Contest in a one off to commemorate 60 years of the competition and to reward the continued support from Australia’s dedicated fan base. Rumours quickly circulated as to which act would be chosen to represent Australia and names being touted included Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Holly Valance, drag queen Courtney Act, Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes and 2014 semi final interval act Jessica Mauboy. In the end it was announced that the first ever winner of Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian would be Australia’s pick and ‘Tonight Again’ would be the song of choice. Read on to find out what we make of the song.
At first I was a little bit disappointed with Australia’s choice. There was a huge amount of media hype surrounding the decision and some of the rumoured acts in the running, while unlikely, still left a sour taste when they didn’t come true (especially Kylie). Add to this the fact that in the press conference that revealed the act, Guy Sebastian said that he would most likely choose a song from his most recent album as it was recorded within the September deadline, I was less than enthusiastic.
The opening of the song sees Guy show off his vocal acrobatics accompanied by a piano, and the listener immediately thinks ‘Oh no! Not another ballad’. Just seconds later the song picks up with the introduction of some funky trumpets and we are treated to an excellent pop song that quickly puts itself on the map as a major contender. It has roots in the recent Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson hit ‘Uptown Funk’ but is original in its own right with amazingly catchy lyrics, a floor-filling beat and a song that could see Australia make Eurovision history by winning its first ever contest.
The video for ‘Tonight Again’ simple and stripped back and sees Sebastian in the studio singing a rendition of the song. The video shows off Guy’s fun side, focuses on his vocal ability and the toe-tapping tune that he’s concocted for us.
Many people may vote for Australia for the novelty factor, but rest assured if Guy Sebastian takes home the Eurovision trophy it is well warranted. The song is easily in my top three favourites this year and I would be shocked if it didn’t do well on final night. It will definitely be one tough act to follow.
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