"As a long-time Eurovision fan, this is the pinnacle - Voyager gets to play the greatest show on earth!"
Perth's Voyager will head to Liverpool to represent Australia at Eurovision, SBS and production partner Blink TV have announced.
Due to set sail overseas with Promise, an epic, progressive pop metal track that transports the listener on an emotional story of adventure and redemption, vocalist Danny Estrin belts out the opening line, “Have you ever done anything like this before?” to which many viewers can confirm they haven't. Check out Promise below.
For the first time in Australia's history with Eurovision, a band will represent the country. And this one utilises soaring melodies, masterful riffs, keytar solos, powerhouse rhythms, and enough charisma to win the 67th Song Contest.
Voyager have tried to score a slot at Eurovision since Australia's first year of participation in 2015. At last year’s Eurovision – Australia Decides, they took out second place in a nail-biting finish, leading the public vote with their song Dreamer.
"As a long-time Eurovision fan, this is the pinnacle - Voyager gets to play the greatest show on earth," Estrin commented in a statement. "Our song Promise is made for the Eurovision stage, and collectively we feel it's one of our best yet. We filmed the music video in both the city of Perth and beautiful parts of Western Australia to showcase the majestic beauty of our home state. Eurovisionation, we are coming!"
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SBS Head of Entertainment Emily Griggs said Voyager intertwines her love of '80s music and memorable lyrics. "Voyager bring together my love for the ‘80s and catchy lyrics that you can’t stop singing. I can’t wait to see Eurovision fans the world over embrace them as much as Aussie crowds have. Voyager have been determined to get centre stage for the biggest song contest in the world, and SBS knows they will bring that grit with them along with a whole lot of fun. Look out, Europe; the Aussies are coming!"
Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke added, "Promise is a song that delivers in spades, from a band that never fails to impress. From the very first listen, I knew it was something special – an epic, cinematic track that will take listeners on an anthemic rock voyage all the way to the Eurovision stage. This year, Australia’s hopes are in the masterful hands of a band for the first time ever, and I can’t wait for Voyager to rock your socks off in Liverpool."
Music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey will host the SBS coverage of Eurovision. The 67th Eurovision Song Contest will be held from Tuesday, 9 May - Saturday, 13 May, 2023.