Sheldon Riley, Australia’s Eurovision hope: ‘I don’t get nervous’

Representing Australia in Eurovision was in Sheldon Riley's five-year plan – next stop: this week's finals in Turin.

It’s nearly time for the The 66th Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Turin, Italy, this week and will be shown in Australia on SBS from 11 to 15 May. Australia’s entrant, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Sheldon Riley, is no stranger to performing competitively, having appeared previously on The Voice, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent. So, no pressure performing the song he wrote to a worldwide audience of more than 180 million? Um, not much …

Hi Sheldon. What does it mean to you to be performing at Eurovision?

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites