Australia’s Eurovision representative has been announced.

Former X-Factor winner Dami Im has been announced as Australia’s representative at this year’s Eurovision contest.

The 27-year-old singer has beaten out Australian music icon Tina Arena and Australia’s sweetheart Delta Goodrem to sing in the world’s largest music competition.

The announcement was made by former queen of Eurovision herself, Conchita Wurst, in one-off concert event with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Conchita Wurst. Dami Im and Guy Sebastian after the announcement. Image via SBS.

The controversial announcement may come as a surprise for Australian fans of Eurovision, with Im falling under the reality TV’s curse post-production.

Dami said, ‘I am so thrilled and honoured to be representing Australia at Eurovision this year in Stockholm. I am really excited to be following in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy who have both graced the Eurovision stage before me.

“I truly believe that the Australian public and Eurovision fans around the world are going to love the song I will be performing in Sweden. I cannot wait to showcase it to the world and represent Australia to the best of my ability!”

Despite winning fifth season of the X-Factor in 2013 and proving to have one of the most staggering voices to grace the reality program, Im has failed to capitalise on the momentum that the show provided, struggling to make much of a name for herself on the mainstream music circuit, releasing three albums since appearing on the show.

Im will be the second representative Australia has sent to the contest, following in the footsteps of former Australian Idol contestant Guy Sebastian who fronted the competition last year.

Australia’s inclusion in last year’s Eurovision competition was initially intended to be a one-off, but was deemed such a success that Australia is to return for a second consecutive year.

Watch: The moment Dami was announced during Conchita Wurst’s concert…


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