Dami Im Continues To Impress Judges
Australia's Eurovision entrant Dami Im is set to sing again in Stockholm to impress teams of music industry jurors whose votes are crucial in Saturday's final.
Bookies now put Australia as second favourite behind Russia to win after Im won a place in the final, performing her power ballad Sound of Silence in the second semi-final on Thursday night.
Australia's Sportsbet has slashed the Brisbane-based singer's odds of winning from $A19 to $A5, next behind Russia's Sergey Lazarev, who is on $A1.60.
Previously Sportsbet had the 27-year-old Im as seventh favourite to win.
On Friday night she performs in a grand final jury show in which the 26 finalists perform their songs watched by five-person juries of music professionals from each of the 42 competing countries.
The juries' ranking of the performances will count for 50 per cent of the grand final outcome on Saturday night (Sunday morning AEST), with the other half determined by Eurovision fans voting by phone, SMS or using the official Eurovision app.
Fans and juries cannot vote for their own country's entrant.
Im's power ballad, Sound of Silence, was created by songwriting team Anthony Egizil and David Musumeci of Sydney-based DNA Songs.
"Fingers crossed we win or come close," Musumeci told AAP.
"We want to win obviously, we're going to get behind Dami, I know she'll kill it, she always does."
SBS has been screening the shows and will screen the grand final from 5am (AEST) on Sunday in Australia, hosted by Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang.
Zemiro told AAP the current favourite was Russia's Lazarev "because it's the most extraordinary technical performance and he has a great voice and totally owns it".
"If anyone is going to challenge Russia it's going to be somebody who really connects with the audience and sings from the heart."
That could be Im, Zemiro says.
If Im does win the contest, Australia will ask that a European nation host the next Eurovision on its behalf.