Australia’s love of the Eurovision Song Contest began long before it hit the small screen on SBS in 1983.
Whether Australians knew it or not, they were buying covers of Eurovision songs from current 1970s pop singers that were on the Australian music singles chart.
Since then, a few Australian artists have covered their favorite Eurovision songs, and even a band in Victoria, Australia has become a tribute band to one of the most infamous bands to win Eurovision!
To celebrate our love for Eurovision, we take a look at 10 Australian artists who have covered and performed Eurovision songs.
Find out who we discovered:
Pat Carroll – ‘All Kinds of Everything’
Ahead of the Australian release of Dana’s Eurovision winning song for Ireland, a cover was released by Melbourne singer Pat Carroll. It peaked at No. 28 until charting in conjunction with the release of Dana’s single which reached No. 37 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report).
Pat was well known in the 1960s and early 1970s and her collaboration with Eurovision alumni Olivia Newton-John. In the mid-1960s, the two singers formed a duo, Pat and Olivia, and won a song contest in Melbourne. Although they broke up soon after, they both went to perform overseas.
Liv Maessen – “Knock, knock, who’s there?”
Australian pop singer Liv Maessen released a cover of the 1970 Eurovision finalist entry “Knock, Knock Who’s There?” originally by Mary Hopkins of the UK. The single was released before Mary’s Eurovision song was released in Australia.
Liv’s version reached number two on the Australian National Go-Set Chart and number 9 on the 1970 Year-End Chart. Mary Hopkins’ original song managed to reach number five on the Australian National Go-Set Chart.
Björn Encore – ‘Waterloo’
Played: 1989 – 2021
As for the 1974 Eurovision winners from Sweden, ABBA and Australia, it’s a heavenly match! ABBA began their chart success in Australia with their song “Ring Ring” which peaked at No. 7 in 1973. The following year, after Eurovision, they released “Waterloo” which reached No. 4 of the ARIA Singles chart. In Australia, they racked up two No. 1 studio albums, two No. 1 compilations (‘The Best of ABBA’ went 22 times platinum and ‘ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits’ sold 17 times platinum) and six No. 1 singles. ° 1. . “Fernando” topped the chart for 14 weeks.
When the Swedish band disbanded in 1982 a void had to be filled and it came from a band of four Australians from Victoria to form, Björn Again, in 1989. They became an Australian ABBA tribute band which has been approved by ABBA themselves!
Björn Again has been performing for over 30 years and is a global phenomenon. The band began performing around the country before heading overseas for their first performance outside Australia in 1992, where they traveled to the heartland of ABBA in Sweden. There they even got to meet Benny and Björn.
The Australian group had a huge success. They were the Spice Girls’ supporting act at Wembley Stadium, they played in the opening ceremony of the 2020 India Cricket Tournament with Lionel Ritchie and UB40, and they even appeared as a headline act at the wedding of Russell Crowe in 1994, just to name a few of their accomplishments. The group is currently learning new songs from ABBA’s new studio album. ‘Trip’.
Orianthi – ‘Believe’
Orianthi, from Adelaide, is best known for being chosen by Michael Jackson for his “This Is It” concerts. She became Michael’s lead guitarist and attended all rehearsals before his death in 2009. Orianthi then appeared in the movie “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”.
In the same year, Orianthi released their second studio album and first with a major label, “Believe”. The album was named after a song on the album, “Believe”, which is a cover of the Danish Eurovision 2009 entry “Believe Again” by Niels Brinck. Niels finished in 13th place in the Eurovision Grand Final.
Orianthi’s “Believe” album reached No. 88 on the ARIA album chart and No. 77 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album’s lead single “According to You” became a global hit and reached No. 8 in Australia on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Ronan Keating and Paulini – “Believe Again”
Denmark’s entry into Eurovision 2009 was also covered by one of the original Australian Idol performers, Paulini, who is now set to participate in ‘Eurovision – Australia decides 2022’.
Paulini sang “Believe Again” as a duet with former Eurovision 1997 presenter and former Boyzone boyband member Ronan Keating. In fact, Ronan Keating co-wrote the song with Lars Halvor Jensen and Martin Michael Larsson.
In 2010, Ronan released the cover as the lead single from his album “Duet”. The couple performed the song together for the first time on “The X Factor Australia” where Ronan was a judge. The single reached number 73 on the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia.
Greg Gould – ‘Euphoria’
Greg Gould is an artist and songwriter who enjoyed recent success with his album ‘1998’ which topped the Australian Albums Chart in 2020. He has previously headlined major events like the Full Moon Fest at New York, the official Sydney Mardi Gras after party and Hamburg Pride, to name a few.
In 2017 Greg released an EP, ‘Don’t Let Go’. It features his self-penned song ‘Today’ and covers of En Vogue’s ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’, Estelle’s ‘American Boy’ and ‘Euphoria’ from the 2012 Eurovision winner song. Loreen.
The EP “Don’t Let Go” peaked at number 16 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 2017. Greg released a music video for “Euphoria” which features true love stories from Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community.
Peter Wilson and Sean Smith – ‘Verona’
In August 2018, Australian singer Peter Wilson released a duet with British singer Sean Smith from the Estonian Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry ‘Verona’, originally by Koit Toome and Laura.
Peter and Sean’s version was produced by Matt Pop and managed to chart worldwide on the iTunes chart. The cover of “Verona” was released in a Remix EP which peaked at No. 1 on the Electronic Albums Chart in Argentina and No. 1 in New Zealand and Denmark on the Vocal Chart. In Australia and the UK, the EP peaked at number 5 on the iTunes Electronic Albums Chart.
Peter Wilson releases a new single, “The Great Unknown” on February 25 of his next album which will be released this year.
Casey Donovan – “Tonight Again”
Casey Donovan opened the show at the 2019 ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ premiere with Guy Sebastian’s ‘Tonight Again’, which finished 5th at Eurovision 2015. The former Australian Idol winner wowed the audience with his powerful voice and his energetic charisma on stage. .
Casey left such a lasting impression that she went on to compete at ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ the following year in 2020. Her ‘Proud’ entry won the TV vote and came in second place overall behind Montaigne and his entry ‘Don’t Break Me’.
Dami Im – ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’
Dami Im gave Australia their best Eurovision result in their short history, with a runners-up finish at the 2016 Eurovision Grand Final with ‘Sound of Silence’. It was only Australia’s second entry into the Competition. Dami attracted a large number of fans who still support her to this day.
In 2020, with parts of the world in lockdown and artists having to resort to online shows to connect with their fans, Dami hosted his own Eurovision-themed show, “Eurovision Iso Party”.
Dami has performed many Eurovision songs, including his own entry “Sound of Silence” and even Måns Zelmerlöw’s Eurovision 2015 winning song “Heroes”.
She also performed an AMAZING rendition of Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision 2014 winning song for Austria, “Rise Like A Phoenix”. Dami continues to show his great talents and his voice.
Montaigne – ‘Answer Me’
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 contest due to the global Covid pandemic, a Eurovision Home Concert series has been created to give Eurovision 2020 performers online exposure and to entertain fans of the contest.
In Episode 2 of the series, Australian Eurovision representative Montaigne performed the Swiss Eurovision 2020 entry “Answer Me” by Gjon’s Tears. Montaigne showcased his French in the performance.
Montaigne was then selected internally for Eurovision 2021 where she performed “Technicolor” representing Australia.
There you have it, 10 Aussies who covered and shared their love for the Eurovision Song Contest.
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