Australia's 2017 Eurovision contestant has been announced.

They giggled, they whispered, they wrote us off. Then Dami Im unleashed her mic-dropping vocals on Eurovision 2016 and snatched second place in campest contest on earth.

Now this year, we’re gunning for gold. And the man we’re sending to Kiev, Ukraine, in May, the man carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders… well, he isn’t a man just yet.

He’s a boy. Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Firebrace.

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The teen, hailing from the Murray River town of Moama in NSW, was the winner on the 2016 season of Channel 7’s talent show juggernaut, X Factor.

Fans of the show will recall Isaiah’s tumultuous ‘journey’ on the program. He was sent packing in the 2015 season after forgetting song lyrics, only to spend a year undertaking intense vocal training so he could return in 2016 and… yes, again, forget the lyrics.

Isaiah is going to Kiev. Image: Channel 7.

But don't worry, Eurovision Song Contest fanatics. The R&B singer was given a second chance and sailed all the way through to the finals without stuffing up once.

So fingers crossed he can continue that streak when he belts out his debut single It’s Gotta Be You in front of a television audience of millions.


Australia has always had a strange, cross-continental affection for Eurovision, fuelled largely by our large migrant population.

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We first earned a place on the stage in 2014, when Jessica Mauboy was featured as a “special guest” at the competition in Denmark.

Our inaugural official entry followed in 2015, when Guy Sebastian snagged us a spot in the top five.

Then along came Dami. With the powerhouse performance by the X Factor alum, our affection for the gloriously bizarre competition blossomed into full-blown infatuation.

Guy, Dami, and now Isaiah. (Getty)

So no pressure, Isaiah. Just don't break our hearts.

(p.s. In case you were wondering, the reason Australia gets an entry at all is because we're a member of the European Broadcasting Union.)

This is the song Isaiah will be singing. Tell us what you think in the comments below.