Jessica Mauboy to represent Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

The stakes have just been raised for Eurovision 2018.

Australia have always been serious when it comes to Eurovision, and the nation are sending one of their biggest household names to represent them in the 2018 contest.

Australian Idol alum Jessica Mauboy will represent her country at next year's contest, and it's not her first taste of Eurovision. Back in 2014, Jessica became the first guest singer not from Europe to perform at the contest. Not part of the competition, she represented Australia's interest in entering Eurovision, being Europe's first taste of what Australia has to offer.

Following Jessica's guest slot, Australia began their Eurovish journey the following year when X Factor Australia head judge Guy Sebastian came fifth. In 2016, X Factor winner Dami Im finished second overall, while fellow X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace kept the success going, scoring 9th place.

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Jessica beamed when officially announcing the news: "I HAVE SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS TO SHARE!!! In 2018, I will be representing Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!! I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous - mainly about the stress of the dress!"

Jessica is a huge star in Australia, and was the first indigenous musician to scoop a Number 1 album on the ARIA Albums Chart. She has two ARIA Awards to her name and has had nine Top 10 singles in her home country. 

2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for Eurovision. So far, former X Factor UK runner-up Saara Aalto has been confirmed to represent Finland, while Waylon is returning to represent The Netherlands. He was part of the 2014 Dutch entry The Common Linnets, who hit Number 9 on the Official Singles Chart with Calm After The Storm following the contest.

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