The Eurovision connections of The Voice Australia
This weekend former Eurovision entrant Johnny Manuel (Equinox, Bulgaria 2018) will be competing in The Voice Australia's Grande Finale.
This is one of many Eurovision connections the show has had since its first season in 2012.
We're taking a look back at the artists and coaches who have a connection between the two successful shows.
The Voice Season 3 2014 - Winner
Eurovision 2017 Denmark – 20th
Anja Nissen, an Australian of Danish heritage, is the only former winner of The Voice to have also competed as an artist at Eurovision.
In 2014, Anja auditioned on Season 3 of the show as an 18-year-old, scoring a four chair turn and a standing ovation from the coaches with her rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘Vanishing’.
She chose Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am but it was a rocky road to the finals. Once the live shows began, Anja twice had to be saved by the live "Instant Save" feature after failing to score the highest amount of her team’s votes from the public. Even in the final live show, Anja was in the bottom four and only progressed through to the Grand Finale after being awarded a Wildcard. She redeemed herself in the final and was crowned the winner earning herself a recording contract with Universal Music Group.
An album consisting of Anja’s songs from The Voice was released and she later collaborated with will.i.am and Cody Wise on the track ‘I’m So Excited’. Several more singles followed before Anja was announced as a participant in the 2016 Danish national final for Eurovision ‘Dansk Melodi Grand Prix’. She finished second with 'Never Alone' and returned in 2017 with ‘Where I Am’, a song she co-wrote. She took out the contest, earning the right to represent Denmark at Eurovision where she finished in 20th place.
After Eurovision, Anja moved to Los Angeles to study at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. She now has a US work visa and has been based in Los Angeles, although is currently living in Copenhagen. Earlier this month she independently released her first single since Eurovision titled ‘If We Only Had Tonight’.
The Voice Kids 2014 - Runner-Up
Junior Eurovision 2015 Australia – 8th
The Voice Season 7 2018 - Runner-Up
Bella Paige (real name Isabella Yoseski) appeared as a 12-year-old on the first and only season of The Voice Kids in Australia in 2014.
She sang ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ by Jennifer Hudson in her blind audition and had chair turns and a standing ovation from all three coaches. Bella chose Team Madden (Joel & Benji Madden from Good Charlotte) and made it to the Grand Finale where she was declared one of two runner-ups. After the show, she featured on a compilation album of some of the best performances from the show and toured around Australia as part of The Voice Kids Concert Tour.
In 2015, Bella was selected to be Australia’s inaugural representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bulgaria. Competing with the song ‘My Girls’ (co-written by The Voice coach Delta Goodrem), Bella finished in 8th place.
In 2018, Bella auditioned for season 7 of The Voice. Now aged 16, Bella had chair turns from all four coaches after singing Kesha’s ‘Praying’ and chose Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland. She sailed through to the live shows where her performances were in the top three in all three shows. After being one of four artists to progress to the Grand Finale, Bella was declared the runner-up.
After the final, Bella’s single ‘Changing’ was released by Universal Music Australia. She was nominated for Best Female Performer in a Leading Role by the Musical Theatre Guild of Victoria for her role as Elphaba in her school’s production of Wicked. Bella has shared on social media in recent months that she has been song writing and working on music for the future.
The Voice Season 8 2019 - 4th
Junior Eurovision 2019 Australia – 8th
As a 14-year-old Jordan Anthony (real name Jordan Rabbone) became one of the youngest singers to ever audition on The Voice and the youngest to ever reach the finals.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Jordan became the second person in the family to audition for the show after his father Sam failed to turn a chair in 2015. By the time Jordan reached his blind audition, Delta Goodrem was the only coach with room remaining on her team. Coaches Guy Sebastian, Boy George and Kelly Rowland all took a peek at Jordan singing Pink’s ‘What About Us’ from behind their chairs and urged Delta to hit her red button. Fortunately she needed no convincing and Jordan became the last person on Team Delta.
Jordan, who busked and self-funded his first album before entering the show, progressed to the Grande Finale finishing fourth.
Two months later, Jordan was announced as Australia’s Junior Eurovision 2019 entrant at the contest to be held in Poland. He finished 8th with ‘We Will Rise’ a song he co-wrote for the contest.
Jordan regularly posts YouTube covers to his social media and has sung at multiple events and festivals in his home town of Perth. He has also been an enthusiastic participant in several Eurovision themed events, singing at the Pacific Fair Eurovision Party on the Gold Coast before Australia Decides and being a jury member for the 2020 Aussievision Song Contest and EuroScorer 2020 Online Contest.
The Voice Season 1 2012 - Semi Finals
The Voice Season 8 2019 - Winner
Australia Decides 2020 – 7th
Diana Rouvas was already well on her way to a career in the music industry when she first auditioned for Season 1 of The Voice in 2012. She had toured with Tina Arena and released her own EP after moving to the United States at age 16 to pursue a music career.
Her version of Beyonce’s ‘Work It Out’ received one chair turn from coach Keith Urban. She progressed through the Battle Rounds and made it to the live shows where she was twice saved by Keith before being eliminated in the semi finals.
Diana was signed to Universal Music Australia and put out a couple of singles but released from her contract at her own request the following year. Diana returned at 35-years-old to audition as an All Star on Season 8 of The Voice in 2019.
This time she scored a four chair turn singing Mariah Carey’s ‘Vision of Love’ and chose Boy George to be her coach. Diana proved more popular with the public this time around and she easily progressed through to the Grand Finale where she was declared the winner, going on to release her winner’s single ‘Wait For No One’ followed by a national tour later in the year.
In December, Diana was announced as a participating artist in Australia Decides 2020 with her co-written track ‘Can We Make Heaven’ which finished seventh. She has since gone on to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The Voice Season 5 2016 - Winner
Australia Decides 2019 – 5th
27-year-old architect Alfie Arcuri had only ever sung in front of family before auditioning on Season 5 of The Voice in 2016. All four coaches turned their chair for his performance of ‘Scars’ by James Bay and he selected Delta Goodrem. The two shared a special connection as Alfie’s sister was in remission at the time from Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease Delta had beaten back in 2003.
Alfie made it through the first two live shows but found himself in the bottom four after the third. Fortunately he was one of two artists that received an Instant Save from the public and he was able to sing again, moving through with three other artists to the Grand Finale.
He went on to win the contest and immediately released his winner’s single ‘Cruel’, with a debut album and national tour following later in the year.
In the years since, Alfie has become known just as much for his song writing talent as his singing. In 2017 he released two self-written singles including one in support of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
In early 2019, Alfie was announced as an entrant in the inaugural Australia Decides national final finishing in 5th place with his own composition ‘To Myself’.
Later in the year he sang at the Golden Stag Festival in Romania and was also a finalist in the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition.
This year he co-wrote ‘Running’, the Cypriot 2020 Eurovision entry and was planning to be at the event in Rotterdam before it was cancelled.
When Aussievision interviewed him back in March, he admitted that it was still a massive goal of his to represent Australia at Eurovision as either a performer or songwriter in the future.
The Voice Season 7 2018 - 4th
Australia Decides 2019 – 6th
16-year-old Aydan Calafiore originally auditioned on Season 6 of The Voice in 2017 but received no chair turns at his blind audition. He was already a seasoned performer, previously a cast member on Young Talent Time and a semi finalist on Australia’s Got Talent in 2013.
Aydan returned to The Voice in 2018 and this time his blind audition version of ‘Despacito’ had chair turns from all four coaches. Aydan went with Joe Jonas and moved easily through each round, being one of four artists to make it through to the Grand Finale. He finished fourth and later released a single ‘Something About You’ under the name AYDAN.
At the end of 2018, he was announced as a competitor in Australia Decides 2019 with his co-written track ‘Dust’ which finished sixth. Aydan’s latest release was ‘Wide Awake’ in February of this year.
The Voice Season 8 2019 - Semi Finals
Australia Decides 2020 – 8th
Jack Vidgen first came to Australia’s attention as a 14-year-old in 2011 when he won Australia’s Got Talent. Many of his performances on the show went viral around the world and after his win he was signed to Sony Music Australia, releasing two albums in quick succession. At 16 he moved to the United States on his own in an attempt to launch a music career there but things didn’t work out and he returned home. Jack fell out of love with music and didn’t sing at all for five years.
At 22, he decided to give singing another go and auditioned for The Voice with Adele’s ‘Hello’. All four coaches turned their chair and Jack chose Guy Sebastian in his first year as a coach on the show. He made it all the way to the semi finals, just missing out on the last spot in the Grand Finale.
In January, Jack appeared on America’s Got Talent: The Champions but was eliminated in the first round. Just after this, he performed at Australia Decides 2020 with his co-written track ‘I Am King I Am Queen’ where he finished eighth.
The Voice Kids 2014 - Winner
Junior Eurovision 2016 – 5th
At the age of 10, Alexa Curtis became Australia’s first and only winner of The Voice Kids in 2014. She blew all three coaches away with her version of Alicia Keys’ ‘Girl on Fire’ and all turned their chairs, with Alexa choosing Delta Goodrem.
She was one of three artists to progress to the second round of the Grand Finale and was declared the winner after a public vote. After the show, she toured around Australia as part of The Voice Kids Concert Tour and featured on a compilation album of some of the best performances from the show.
In 2016, Alexa was selected to represent Australia at Junior Eurovision in Malta. She finished fifth with her song ‘We Are’. The song was co-written by Bachelor Girl’s Tania Doko who went on to compete at Australia Decides in 2019.
Since then, Alexa has sang the opening theme song for six episodes of The Powerpuff Girls on Cartoon Network Australia. She has also performed at various events including the Women’s Rugby League World Cup Final in 2017 where she sang the New Zealand national anthem.
The Voice Season 3 Finalist 2014 (as part of duo ZK)
Australia Decides 2019 – 2nd (as part of Electric Fields)
We know him as one half of Electric Fields, but before this Zaachariaha Fielding was part of duo ZK who auditioned for The Voice in 2014. Zaachariaha had previously auditioned as a solo artist on The X Factor Australia in 2011 and later formed duo ZK with fellow indigenous singer Kristal West.
The two auditioned with the Justin Bieber hit ‘As Long As You Love Me’ and received a chair turn from will.i.am. They made it through to the live finals where they proved extremely popular with the public, receiving more votes than teammate and eventual winner Anja Nissen on four occasions.
They were one of five artists to make it to the Grand Finale, the duo did not make the Top 3 and were declared equal fourth place getters.
The duo disbanded soon after and the following year Zaachariaha joined forces with Michael Ross to form Electric Fields. Their debut EP was released in 2016 and they were nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2018 National Indigenous Music Awards after winning Best New Talent of the Year in 2017.
The two entered their song ‘2000 and Whatever’ in Australia Decides 2019 and finished in 2nd place winning over many fans.
A national tour followed and they again received two nominations at the National Indigenous Music Awards. They were also nominated as Best Australian Live Act at the ARIA Awards. Earlier this year they released a single with Norway’s 2019 Eurovision entrant KEiiNO and just last week announced to social media followers that they were preparing to record a new music video.
The Voice Season 1 2012 - Semi Finals
Eurovision 2015 Australia – Back-Up Singer – 5th
Fatai Veamatahau, a Melbourne based singer of Tongan descent, was the very last person to complete her blind audition on Season 1 of The Voice in 2012. The teams of Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem and Keith Urban were all full but coach Seal had one spot remaining and he turned for her version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’.
Fatai was eliminated in the Semi Finals but signed a record deal after the show, going out on her own as an independent artist a couple of years later. Guy Sebastian requested her to feature on a track from his 2014 album ‘Madness’. Following this she supported Guy on his national tour and sang backing vocals on his 2015 Eurovision entry for Australia ‘Tonight Again’ which finished 5th.
THE COACH CONNECTION
Eurovision 2015 Australia – 5th
The Voice Coach - 2019 & 2020
Guy Sebastian became a household name in Australia after winning the inaugural season of Australian Idol in 2003. He has gone on to become Australia’s most successful former Idol contestant releasing nine albums and over 20 singles, his first three all making it to Number 1 in Australia.
Also known for his judging duties on The X Factor Australia, Guy was asked to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, the very first year Australia was allowed to compete. As it was our first year in the competition, Australia had a free pass to the Grand Final where Guy finished 5th with ‘Tonight Again’, a song he co-wrote only days before song submissions were due.
After competing at Eurovision, Guy continued making music and touring and also returned as a judge on The X Factor before the show was cancelled after the 2016 season. Two more years of music releases and tours followed before Guy was announced as Joe Jonas’ replacement on The Voice Australia where he has coached in 2019 and 2020. His latest release ‘Standing With You’ reached no.23 on the ARIA charts.
The Voice Coach 2012-2013 and 2015-present
The Voice Kids Coach 2014
Co-writer of Bella Paige’s Junior Eurovision entry ‘My Girls’ 2015 - 8th
While many Australian Eurovision fans have called for Delta Goodrem to represent us as a singer at the Eurovision Song Contest, she does have a small connection with the Junior version of the show. Delta, who has coached on every season of The Voice except one, co-wrote ‘My Girls’, Australia’s Junior Eurovision entry in 2015, sung by Bella Paige. The song was originally planned for release by Anja Nissen after her win in 2014 but was axed at the last minute as her coach will.i.am felt it didn’t suit her musical style.
The Voice Coach - 2016
Co-writter of Denmark Eurovision entry 'Believe Again' 2009 - 13th
Whilst Ronan Keating has never graced the Eurovision stage as a performer, the former Boyzone member and solo artist has been both a co-host and co-writer. Ronan, who appeared as a coach on Season 5 of The Voice, co-hosted the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with Irish actress Carrie Crowley after Eimear Quinn’s win in Norway the year before. In 2009, Keating co-wrote the Danish entry ‘Believe Again’ by Niels Brinck, which finished in 13th place.
The Grande Finale of The Voice Australia will air 7:00pm Sunday night on Channel 9.
You can vote now here: https://9now.nine.com.au/the-voice/final-four-grand-finalists-australia-2020/