'I'm Definitely Not Flying In!': What Casey Donovan Has Planned For Her 'Eurovision: Australia Decides' Performance
Casey Donovan might be following in the footsteps of Kate Miller-Heidke, Dami Im and Guy Sebastian in becoming the next singer to represent Australia on the Eurovision stage.
Up against a talented bunch that includes Vanessa Amorosi, Montaigne, and Jack Vidgen, Casey will be performing her song "Proud" on the Gold Coast this week in the hopes of heading to Rotterdam in May.
Speaking to 10 daily ahead of 'Australia Decides', Casey said she was a late convert to the dazzling spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest -- a competition that brought our attention to the likes of ABBA, Céline Dion, Lordi, and Conchita Wurst.
"Eurovision wasn't a massive thing in my household but I do vaguely remember flicking through and being like, 'what is this, I don't understand what's going on!'
"It wasn't until my later years, in my late 20s, I was like, 'this is bloody awesome, why wasn't I part of this many, many years ago?" she said, listing Sweden's 2012 entrant -- and winner -- Loreen as one of her favourite performances of the last decade.
"The song "Euphoria" was, and is, still a massive standout," Casey told 10 daily. "The simplicity of her just, being onstage and running around, it was just such a beautiful, dramatic song" she added.
While Eurovision can be an opportunity to get crazy with props, costumes, fireworks, and aerial displays, Casey assured us she's not going to get too outlandish with her staging.
"Look, I'm not going too wild, it's going to be thought-provoking," she said. "I'm definitely not flying in, I'm not standing on a pole," Casey added. "I mean, Kate [Miller-Heidke] last year -- that was frickin amazing, what a woman!
"I would be sh***ing myself, I wouldn't be able to sing!" she laughed.
After listening to Casey's track "Proud", an epic ballad showcasing the powerful range of her voice, we'll forgive her for not wanting to add too many bells and whistles to her performance -- because she doesn't need them.
"I'm not going to say it's "Listen With Your Heart" feels but it definitely has a Eurovision dramatic-ness to it," she said, referencing her 'Australian Idol' single from 2004.
"Proud" was written by songwriter Justine Eltakchi and immediately spoke to Casey with the singer explaining that she "started crying" as soon as she heard it.
"I was like, 'I'm a little bit affected by this song!'"
Casey went on to explain that the song's message is of "being proud of who you are and not letting other people bring you down and that's kind of my ethos in life".
And she's got plenty to be proud of, especially after being crowned the winner of not one, but two, huge national television competitions -- 'Australian Idol' in 2004 and then 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' in 2017.
But while her more recent win on 'I'm A Celebrity' tested her limits with revolting Tucker Trials and the harsh reality of camp-living -- 'Eurovision' will see Casey back in familiar territory.
"This, competition kind of scares me a little bit because it's going back into what I do for a living, I'm a singer -- I love to write music and to perform and it is scary going into a competition where you'll be kind of on the world stage," she said.
It's very daunting but it's such a great song and I'm not thinking too much far ahead of where I need to be at the moment just to have fun and to get a great song out there.
Casey will be up against nine talented Australian performers: Diana Rouvas, Jack Vidgen, Jordan-Ravi, Montaigne, Jaguar Jonze, Mitch Tambo, iOTA, and Didirri but is most excited about performing alongside a certain Aussie pop icon, Ms Vanessa Amorosi.
"When I heard Vanessa was in, I sent her a cheeky little Instagram, I just went "babe!" We were just kind of very excited," Casey said.
"I think everyone's just really excited to get out there and to start doing," she said of the anticipation. "I can't wait to hear everyone else's songs."
The 'Eurovision: Australia Decides' final will take place at the Gold Coast on February 8, 2020 and will be broadcast from 8.30pm (AEDT) on SBS.