Artist: Jessica Mauboy
Song: We Got Love
Betting Odds: 15/1
2018 is Australia’s fourth outing at Eurovision. Following outstanding results (5th, 2nd and 9th) in their previous attempts, they have chosen the 2014 Interval act Jessica Mauboy to represent them this year. Jessica is a household name in Australia and her internal selection by broadcasters SBS makes perfect sense. Jessica will sing the song ‘We Got Love’ in Lisbon.
The song sees Jessica working with Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci who are the team behind Australia’s previous entries ‘Don’t Come Easy’ and ‘Sound of ‘Silence’ as well as having worked with a number of other artists who have had success on a global scale: Ricky Martin, Geri Halliwell, The Veronicas, Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem and The Saturdays.
Having songwriters who have built up quite a resumé and having a seasoned performer in Jessica translate into quite the formidable submission. The song is a bouncy bop, brilliantly constructed to have moments of quietude and reflection on the song’s lyrics, most notably in the beginning, while also having those punchy, pithy flashes where you can let loose and sing your heart out along with the track.
The video for the song is almost a throw back to early ’00s pop with Jessica performing in a light box and in shallow water giving me serious Holly Valance vibes, while her glimmering head dress screams Roisin Murphy from Moloko. At the time of writing the review Australia had not yet conducted their first rehearsal, so it’s difficult to say how the staging will look but I fully expect a spectacle that will allow Jessica to sparkle.
I could end up eating my words on this one, but I would like to go out on a limb and say that this will win Eurovision this year. It is a great song, has a great singer, appeals to those who love a ballad but also those who love a dance floor banger and Australia tend to perform well in the votes. Time will tell, but me and my bank account (yes, I’ve placed a bet on Australia) are hoping things are on the up for the nation from down under!
For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Jessica Mauboy!
The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!