Australian pop idol and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University graduate Dami Im will fly the flag for Australia in the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Im performed Sound of Silence in the 18-nation semi-final this morning (May 13), singing to a global audience of 200 million in Sweden.
Im is an award-winning pianist who won the popular reality television show The X Factor Australia in 2013. Her self-titled debut album reached number 1 on the ARIA charts, as did her lead single, Alive.
In congratulating Dami, Director of Queensland Conservatorium, Professor Scott Harrison said it was a wonderful achievement.
“It’s exciting for Dami to represent Australia in this way and we wish her every success,” he says.
During her time at Queensland Conservatorium, Dami trained with the renowned Dr Irene Bartlett – who also taught Megan Washington, Katie Noonan, Elly Hoyt and Kristin Berardi.
The Eurovision Song Contest is watched by approximately 200 million viewers, and this year will feature 43 countries including Australia — the largest number to date.
SBS viewing schedule (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Grand final — SBS live broadcast Sunday May 15 5am