Australians singer Sheldon Riley has made it into the Eurovision Song Contest final. The 23-year-old was seen celebrating with his crew after performing in the second semi-final in Italy on Thursday.
Sheldon, who rose to fame on The Voice Australia back in 2018, thrilled fans on stage at Eurovision when he performed his hit song Not the Same in a stunning and elaborate white outfit.
Joining Sheldon in the final at the weekend include artists from Belgium, Poland, Finland, Estonia and Serbia. The UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy already have automatic entry into the final. Ukraine act the Kalush Orchestra are tipped to win this year’s competition.
Sheldon wrote on Instagram: ‘I still CAN NOT believe I just watched Eurovision FROM EUROPE LIVE!!’ ‘I’m so SO thankful for this experience. Sending my love to all the countries and their delegations!’ Sheldon rose to fame on The Voice Australia in 2018, and ultimately came third in the competition.
He told Eurovision World of his emotional single: ‘I wrote the song myself. It’s a storytelling song. I haven’t looked into what sort of success people have had writing their own song, but I didn’t want anyone else writing it for me.
‘It’s dark, it’s orchestral, it has this big moment. I’ve been telling people to just be prepared. It builds and then visually there’s this massive thing that happens, that gives an answer. And helps people understand me.’The final of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest will air live from 5am on Sunday on SBS.