Evie Irie joins Isaiah Firebrace for Eurovision ‘Australia Decides’
Another act was added for Eurovision’s Australia Decides while polling in host city Turin, Italy, placed Australia in the second semi-final in May.
SBS and producer Blink TV announced Sydney artist Evie Irie as Isaiah Firebrace’s duet partner.
The event is held on the Gold Coast over two days in late February.
Irie, the youngest of three sisters, emerged three years ago with ‘5 Weeks In LA’ on Republic Records after persuading her family to move to the US for her career.
Her latest single, the lyrically aggressive ‘Bleed’, saw her touring with Amy Shark.
Firebrace and Irie’s self-penned ‘When I’m With You’ will be released February 4, alongside a TikTok Wildcard winner.
“We wrote the song together, we jumped out of a plane together and we want to represent Australia together,” Firebrace said.
“Being together is what the song is all about and what the world needs right now. I’m incredibly proud to being doing this with Evie – she’s so unique and so special…
“Wait until the world gets to know her like I have!!!”
Irie added: “If there’s one thing I like as much as creating music for my own projects, it’s writing with other artists for their projects: it’s not work, it’s just fun!
“So when Isaiah and his team asked me to do Eurovision with this random wonderful song that we had such a great time writing together, I was seriously shook.
“I never EVER thought I’d have the chance to play at Eurovision and I just can’t say no to Isaiah.”
SBS head of entertainment, Emily Griggs, stated: “Historically, duets create magical and memorable moments so SBS is thrilled to have Evie Irie team up with Isaiah Firebrace.
“This duet is no exception – it’s an impressive and catchy song. It will have you singing along in no time.”
The pair join Sydney-based EMI Music signing pop siren Charley, theatrical performer and Voice contestant Seann Miley Moore, Perth metal quintet Voyager, singer-songwriter Jude York, performance artist Sheldon Riley, six-piece girl group G-Nat!on, Sydney pop singer and TikTok star Andrew Lambrou, R&B singer Paulini and multi-media artist Jaguar Jonze.
Two more new songs have been confirmed: Voyager’s 80’s electro-pop meets metal ‘Dreamer’ and Jude York’s ‘I Won’t Need to Dream’ which he says was inspired by songs from the 1930s and 1940s.
Australia Decides on the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 25 and 26.
It is sponsored by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS, TikTok, and Dorsett Gold Coast.
Meantime, the Eurovision semi-final allocation draw – which took place in Turin’s Madama Palace – saw Australia placed in the second semi-final on May 12.
Australia is alongside 17 countries including Cyprus, Finland, Israel, Malta and Ireland.
Voting in this semi-final from the Big 5 are the UK, Spain and Germany.