To be totally honest, So You Think You Can Eurovision started out as a "Plan B" for our April preview party entertainment, that was put on hold after Plan A was locked in. But after Saturday night, we're not totally sure which Plan would have been the better. To say So You Think You Can Eurovision was a hit is definitely an understatement, not only to the crowd who were treated to such an amazing line up of talent, but to the OGAE Australia committee who put on the show, and could count on our own membership to provide a show worthy of any night out in a Eurovision host city - attended by die hard fans.
On the 3rd of August, in an inner city nightclub in Melbourne called Inflation, OGAE Australia held their most ambitious event ever...
JAYDE: "REPLAY" (Cyprus)
After attending Eurovision for the first time this year in Tel Aviv, Jayde was so captivated by Tamta, that she quickly switched her So You Think You Can Eurovision song choice from Fuego to Replay - both amazing songs that required a big personality to pull them off. With Replay, Jayde certainly did that, and more! Did anyone else notice that one of Tamta's lights was having a meltdown during Semi-Final 1? Well, we captured it perfectly...ha ha! Jayde shocked us all with a dramatic death drop at the end - so dramatic that it caused a microphone to go MIA until the end of the night. Thankfully, it was revived and saved in the end. There could be no better way to start the show than with this performance, and one that brought new meaning to "just a little glitter"!
LEE & COLIN: "NEVER FORGET" (Iceland)
With a huge prop budget of around $100, we almost retained the full amount unspent until Lee & Colin came on board. And so begins the saga that is - the violin! Ha ha!! Lee & Colin had experienced a similar event in the UK called Stars In Their Eyes (which we swear we had no idea of when we first floated the SYTYCE idea). So, when the call out came to be able to perform in Australia, their new home country, their application was in! So why Never Forget? Well, when you appear at the end of a song on the official DVD, it tends to stick with you for the rest of your life as a Eurovision "moment". That's exactly what happened with Lee & Colin, a moment we were able to include in the performance. Now, back to that violin! It's one thing to be able to lip sync, it's another to convince us you're actually playing one. Holding the bow the right way around is a good start, because if you don't - who knows what catastrophe could occur?
LUKMAN: "DANCE WITH ME" (Hungary)
According to Lukman, So You Think You Can Eurovision is his dream come true, and something he has been working towards since 2017. He is a lip sync expert who was runner-up in our video lip sync contest earlier this year. Where all the other performers had a backing video created for them, Lukman decided he would create his own, adding another layer to his impressive creativity and performance. There's just one question that remains, who had the tighter pants - Lukman or Zoli?
CLINT: "BEAUTY NEVER LIES" (Serbia)
Clint was the very last addition to our So You Think You Can Eurovision family, applying just a couple of days before applications closed. And so, he had the least amount of time to transform himself into the beautiful butterfly that was Miss Bogan Say Na Na Na Stamen. As one of our honoured indigenous and "out and proud" members, Clint chose a song that embodied the spirit of our club perfectly, and we were proud to surround him with the colours of both flags during his performance.
SALLY: "WARRIOR" (Georgia)
Every great contest is created from an idea, and that idea was Sally. We had witnessed her greatness at a prior Eurovision function which gave us the idea that our members might actually like to perform Eurovision songs, as opposed to simply dance to them. Sally was also one of our special guests when we previewed So You Think You Can Eurovision in April, doing a very impressive Hatari. We were expecting big things, and we weren't disappointed. Eurovision is well-known for its dramatic performance, stunning costuming, wind machines and smoke machine. Well, with no expense spared - it's all here!
COURTESY ACT: "FIGHT FOR LOVE" (Australia)
When we first posted the rules for SYTYCE, we stated that it must be a Eurovision song, but Miss Courtesy Act is a rebel. She brings her own rules, and who are we to argue. Besides, the songs from Australia Decides are just as well-known as "real" Eurovision songs anyway, so maybe we'll modify the rules just a little for future. Miss Courtesy Act was lucky enough to perform this song for the popular Eurowision comedy show touring around the country, just prior to our event, however this time representing America. America? I know. Who ever thought of a non-European country competing in Eurovision? ...
DALE: "YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE" (Russia)
With the powerhouse performance that is You Are The Only One, we had to come up with something special. Maybe we didn't quite convey the "millions" Russia injected into Sergey's performance, but we tried our best. I mean, those three boxes stacked on top of each other almost broke the OGAE Australia bank! Dale was certainly living his Eurovision dream with this performance. We were so embarrassed of the storieswe heard of him performing this song on "various pieces of furniture" almost every night (probably every night), we wanted to give him the chance to do it properly. Performing on stage is, no doubt, a nervous experience, so much so that Dale actually managed to somehow perform a critical part of the show back to front, and in mirror image! When, I guess that's quite apt when the highlight of your show is performed upside down!
DAVID, GEORGE & SIMONE:"SPIRIT IN THE SKY" (Norway)
Now, despite the digs we made at David, George & Simone being the least prepared for So You Think You Can Eurovision, we also knew they were great sports who would play along with the joke. Simone and David were long time friends, while George met Simone only this year in Tel Aviv. David and George met - on the day of this competition! However, on the night, this trio embodied the very spirit of what it is to be a Eurovision fan. Random friends sharing a common love. And it was one we all felt when they took to stage. Once we got over the frightful thought that they had brought their own pyro (party poppers just passed the safety bar), these guys closed the show perfectly, bringing the "spirit" that rounded out this contest perfectly - just to have a whole lotta fun!
EVERY GREAT CONTEST HAS AN AMAZING DIVA PERFORMANCE AT THE END, SO ENJOY THE RESULTS OF SO YOU THINK YOU CAN EUROVISION, AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND HELPED OUT.