Perth alt-metal band Voyager represented us, with Sydney’s Andrew Lambrou also representing Cyprus.
Australia’s Voyager have placed ninth in the Grand Final at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Perth-based alternative metal band – who have been gunning to compete in the event since 2015 – made their case for the grand prize with Promise, a feisty pop-rock banger we first heard back in February (when it was announced they’d be representing Australia). They ended with 151 points in total, including 21 from the public vote.
The grand final kicked off at 5am AEST this morning (May 14), and was broadcast live on SBS. Eschewing the usual formula – whereby each Eurovision is hosted in the home city of the previous winner – London was chosen for this year’s edition out of security concerns; Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision 2022, however the Eastern European nation was not able to meet the event’s strict demands for punter safety amid the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war.
Have a look at Voyager’s performance of Promise at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest below.
Voyager performed 15th in this year’s Eurovision, sandwiched between performances from Vesna (representing Czechia) and Gustaph (for Belgium). Also notable is that Andrew Lambrou placed 12th representing Cyprus – the Greek-Cypriot singer-songwriter was born and raised in Eora/Sydney, and previously vied to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022.
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For his shot at the ultimate title, Lambrou performed his song Break A Broken Heart. Check that one out below.
In the end, Eurovision 2023 was taken out by Sweden’s Loreen, who won the final vote with her performance of Tattoo.
Prior to the grand final kicking off, Voyager were tipped to place 14th by bookies. After wowing crowds in the semi-finals, the band were confirmed to be in the running for the top prize on Friday (May 12). Australia also made it to the grand final at Eurovision 2022, where Sheldon Riley ended up placing 15th.
In other Eurovision news, next year’s Song Contest may see New Zealand gunning for the champion spot: earlier this week, a petition to have them involved was launched by comedy duo Two Hearts and beer company Yeastie Boys.