There is not just one Eurovision Song Contest act with a connection to Germany! In a few days, the final of the world’s largest music competition will take place in Liverpool. Germany is represented this year by Lord of the Lost, a dark rock band from Hamburg. But another artist from the north of the Federal Republic is also on stage at the spectacle – but for Australia!
Daniel “Danny” Estrin is the frontman of the band Voyager, who competes for the continent with the song “Promise”. He comes from Buchholz in Lower Saxony in the Nordheide near Hamburg. At the age of eleven, the singer emigrated to Down Under with his family, where he founded his metal band in 1999. In 2022, the group had already taken part in the Australian ESC preliminary round, but only took second place. This time was Voyager nominated directly by the broadcaster SBS. The second semi-final on May 11 will decide whether they will also make it to the grand final on May 13.
But why is Australia allowed to participate in the ESC at all? On the website Eurovision.de is explained: “The participating countries are all members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and do not necessarily have to be part of the EU.” However, the contract that the EBU signed with the Australian broadcaster SBS expires this year.