Australia's 2018 Eurovision Contestant Announced

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 11, 2017

But Jessica Mauboy plans on making her own mark at Eurovision 2018, after it was revealed on Thursday the Aria victor will represent Australia in Portugal next year.

More than 541,000 people watched Firebrace contest the grand final at 5am and another 1.1 million viewing the delayed prime time broadcast.

The 2018 Eurovision Contest will be the fourth time Australia has competed in the event, with all of Australia's performances so far placed within the top 10. I will sing my heart out for Australia, I'm so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous - mainly about the stress of the dress!

Australia did come third at Junior Eurovision earlier this year though, thanks to 13-year-old singer Isabella Clarke and her song "Speak Up".

But Mauboy's rise to stardom started back at home when she kickstarted her career during Australian Idol in 2006.

'Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned.

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'We can't wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision-style as a galactic soul diva'.

Last year, Mauboy made history becoming the first Indigenous female artist to hold number one spot on the ARIA Chart for her album, Songs from the Original TV Series - The Secret Daughter.

One of Australia's most successful female artists, Mauboy is from Darwin in the Northern Territory.

She told SBS: "There's nothing like it, it's a very special show that brings the whole country together".

She became emotional contemplating sharing the news with her family and has already started looking at flights to bring her Timorese father Ferdi and mother Therese, who is of the KuKu Yalanji tribe, to Lisbon with her.

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