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Australia's 2023 Eurovision representative announced: 'Great choice'

This is the eighth time Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest.

After months of speculation, SBS and production partner Blink TV have finally announced the artist that will represent Australia at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

Perth band Voyager will be heading to Liverpool, United Kingdom in May to perform their song Promise on the biggest stage in the world.

Eurovision's Voyager.
Voyager will represent Australia at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

This is the first time a band has been selected as Australia’s entry, with former participants including Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Isaiah, Jessica Mauboy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Sheldon Riley.

The genre-bending group, who are well known for their soaring melodies, masterful riffs and keytar solos, have been putting their hand up to perform at Eurovision since Australia first announced its participation back in 2015.

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They also took out second place at Eurovision - Australia Decides last year in a nail-biting finish after they won the public vote with their song Dreamer.

Their new song Promise has been described as “an epic, progressive pop metal track that transports the listener on an emotive story of adventure and redemption”.

'Great choice'

Voyager’s Danny Estrin said in a statement: “As a long-time Eurovision fan, this is the pinnacle - Voyager gets to play the greatest show on earth!

“Our song Promise is made for the Eurovision stage and collectively we feel it's one of our best yet. We filmed the music video in both the city of Perth and beautiful parts of Western Australia to showcase the majestic beauty of our home state. Eurovisionation, we are coming!”

SBS Head of Entertainment Emily Griggs added: “Voyager bring together my love for the ‘80s and catchy lyrics that you can’t stop singing. I can’t wait to see Eurovision fans the world over embrace them as much as Aussie crowds have. Voyager have been determined to get centre stage for the biggest song contest in the world and SBS knows they will bring that grit with them along with a whole lot of fun. Look out Europe, the Aussies are coming!”

A number of fans took to social media following the official announcement on Wednesday morning to praise the decision.

“Great choice,” one person wrote, while another added, “I’m so happy they have a fab song this year”.

“Epic, current and catchy, the winner of Eurovision 2023!” a third shared.

“Just listened to the song and I love it!” someone else commented. “So excited now! Whatever happens, I will be dancing around the lounge room and that’s a win in my book!

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