Australia will compete for the third time in Eurovision 2017 with Isaiah Firebrace taking the helm and performing his song ‘Don’t Come Easy’. We get to know the singer a bit better with our feature article 10 Things About…Isaiah Firebrace!
1. Isaiah Firebrace was born on November 21, 1999 in New South Wales, Australia. He comes from a large family and has 11 brothers and sisters!
2. At 17 years old, he is one of the youngest singers in the competition, along with the Belgian singer Blanche who is also 17.
3. Isaiah competed in the 2016 edition of the Australian X-Factor which he went on to win under the mentorship of judge Adam Lambert.
4. During his time in the competition he sang the songs ‘Hello’ by Adele, Beyonce’s ‘Halo’, Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ and ‘Wake Me Up’ by Aviici on which he was accompanied by Jessica Mauboy (the 2014 Eurovision interval act).
5. The winning single from X-Factor was called ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ acted as Isaiah’s debut release and peaked at number 6 on the Australian Artist Singles Chart in November 2016.
6. Since then Firebrace has released his debut solo album ‘Isaiah’ which reached number 12 in the Australian charts.
7. As has been the case for the past two years, Australia used an internal selection process to choose their Eurovision act and song.
8. This is Australia’s third attempt at Eurovision and is the third time that they have chosen an act associated with The X-Factor. In 2015 they chose Guy Sebastian who was a judge on the show 2010-2012 and again 2015-2016 and Dami Im represented the nation in 2016 having won X-Factor three years previously.
9. Isaiah’s Eurovision song ‘Don’t Come Easy’ was written by DNA songs (Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci and Michael Angelo) who are responsible for writing hits for the likes of Geri Halliwell, Ricky Martin, The Veronicas, Guy Sebastian, The Saturdays, Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, and many others.
10. After being announced as the Eurovision 2017 pick for Australia, Isaiah stressed the importance of Eurovision to him:
‘…it’s the biggest stage in the world! It’s an extra special honour as an indigenous teenager to represent my country of Australia and inspire young kids around Australia (and the world) that no matter how young you are or where your from you can dare to dream. It’s also super important because it’s so uniting and it’s amazing that we are all together, joyfully celebrating music from around the world.’
Check out Isaiah’s Eurovision song below: