SBS announces Australia's Eurovision 2022 spokesperson and jury
The Australian broadcaster SBS has today announced Australia's Eurovision 2022 spokesperson and jury!
Australia’s Eurovision 2022 spokesperson
This year drag icon, Courtney Act, will reveal Australia’s jury douze points during the Eurovision Grand Final!
Courtney Act previously competed in the inaugural ‘Eurovision - Australia Decides’ in 2019 with the song ‘Fight For Love’.
About the exciting announcement Courtney said: “I tried the Eurovision front door on Eurovision - Australia Decides 2019 to no avail, so now it’s the Eurovision side door to be the Aussie score announcer on the big night! I’m so excited to cheer on Sheldon, look fab, and enjoy a magnificent night of camp and music.”
Courtney is a contemporary artist and queer community advocate who embodies the zeitgeist of an era. One of the first artists to show their gender fluidity. From her beginnings on Australian Idol, to being crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother UK and runner up in Dancing With The Stars Australia.
Courtney is a Series Host of One Plus One, an in depth interview show seen on the ABC, is a Podcast Queen with Brenda, Call Me (NOVA) with her best friend, Vanity, and a best-selling author with the release of ‘Caught In The Act’ by Shane Jenek. 2022 is already busy with a fabulous season on Dancing With The Stars All Stars (Channel 7) and her debut with the Sydney Theatre Company as Elvira in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.
Australia’s Eurovision 2022 Jury
Australia’s Eurovision 2022 Jury members are:
television legend Dylan Lewis
Australia's 2021 Eurovision representative Montaigne
stand-up comedian, actor, author and radio presenter Matt Okine
Triple J radio host Bridget Hustwaite
Director of Member Relations and Partnerships at APRA AMCOS Milly Petriella
Dylan Lewis has been entertaining for twenty-five years. He works as a television presenter, a radio presenter, a musician and an actor in theatre and film. He is also a sought-after emcee and supports charity causes he's passionate about. He hosted the green room at ‘Eurovision - Australia Decides’ this year.
Montaigne's evolution as an artist was a journey fans and industry became part of, as they were able to witness her growth as a musician and performer on stages nationally. 2020 brought a pivotal moment for Montaigne, as she was selected to represent Australia at Eurovision in Rotterdam 2020, having won the Eurovision: Australia Decides competition with her stunning original song, 'Don't Break Me'. Returning in 2021 to represent Australia on the world stage in a live-on-tape to Rotterdam with her entry 'Technicolour'. Reining in her new era of music with the single ‘Now (In Space)’, Australian pop maverick Montaigne followed the release collaborating with one of the world's most celebrated and influential artists, David Byrne on her new single 'Always Be You'.
Matt is a comedian, actor, musician, and writer. After spending three years hosting Triple J radio's hugely successful national breakfast show, Matt hung up his headphones to create the TV adaptation of his award-winning stand-up show The Other Guy. When he's not writing books and shows or performing, Matt works on his hip hop side project Boilermakers as well as the ARIA nominated kids act, Diver City, with fellow ex Triple J presenter KLP.
Having judged in The Age Music Victoria Awards, NT Song of the Year Awards and ARIA Awards, Bridget Hustwaite is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Australian jury for The Eurovision Song Contest 2022. A respected and familiar voice in the Australian music industry, Bridget is the friendly host of Triple J's flagship new music program, Good Nights. Outside of radio, Bridget is the bestselling author of How to Endo: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving with Endometriosis, and presenter/producer of new podcast series, Figuring Out 30.
Milly works with APRA AMCOS' 110,000 members to help collect their worldwide royalties and create global songwriting opportunities and programs to help increase awareness and return of Australian songwriters and publishers. Beloved in the music industry for every one of her 27 years at APRA AMCOS, she was nominated for the Industry Impact Award at the inaugural The Industry Observer Awards in 2018. On top of her role as Director of Member Relations & Partnerships for APRA AMCOS and Creative Director of APRA's Music Awards, Milly runs other initiatives such as the APRA AMCOS Ambassador program, The Vanda & Young Global Songwriting competition and SongHubs. More recently Milly has developed a relationship with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras delivering an industry showcase event, Express Yourself – Queer Discovery a showcase for emerging LGBTQI+ musicians, a joint initiative with Mardi Gras and APRAAMCOS. As well as being on the Board of Nordoff Robbins, Milly also sits on Country Music Advisory Group, is on the Jury for Australia Decides Eurovision competition and is the Creative Director of the APRA Music Awards.
Also in news revealed yesterday Australia has a new televoting method for the live semi-final 2 and the Grand Final. Find out all the details you need to know here.
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