Our Guy on the world stage ahead of Eurovision grand final
HOURS before getting on stage as the first Australian to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest, Guy Sebastian is clear: he is going to rely on his vocal skills and his song to represent Australia.
There will be no kangaroos, no koalas and no boomerangs on stage.
Q: What kind of questions was the European press asking you during your Eurovision experience?
A: Pretty much about Australiana. They asked me if I'm going to have kangaroos on stage, koalas or didgeridoos. They also asked me if I was going to throw boomerangs.
Q: Are you?
A: I don't think I'll do any of that.
Q: What else?
A: They were intrigued about the fact that Eurovision is so big in Australia. A lot of them couldn't believe it. They had no idea. I explained to them that SBS has supported it for years.
Q: Why do you think Australians love Eurovision so much?
A: Australians love music. We don't ourselves have a show that is so diverse. Eurovision goes from performers in a suit or a dress delivering a great ballad, and then suddenly you get a metal band dressed up like zombies, or milkmaids stirring butter as part of their props, or a bearded lady. You never know what are you going to get, and Australia loves great performances. We love a show that is bright, happy, camp, and colourful, and Eurovision is all of those things.
Q: How are you preparing to perform on stage and entice people to vote for Australia?
A: I have to be true to who I am. Yes, I am at Eurovision but I have to take my set of skills and adapt them to a different format to what I am used to. I haven't been in a competition for a very long time, and for me music is not a competitive medium. I have to play up on my strengths. I am not weird. I am not strange, but I do stand out at a vocal level. I feel like I have worked on my craft for it to stand on its own.
Q: By being Australian, aren't you inevitably going to be the bearded lady or the different one this year?
A: You may have a point on that one.
Q: What do you think of reports saying you are a favourite?
A: I don't think I am a favourite. I am an invited guest. I almost feel like saying that that would be rude. I am going to be humble and represent my country. When I get on stage I am going to turn my vocal inner-beast on.
The Eurovision grand final airs tomorrow at 5am AEST on SBS 1. It will be replayed at 7.30pm.