After storming into the top 10 of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Isaiah Firebrace’s next stop is much closer to home.
The Echuca-Moama teenager will play Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre on August 6, his only Victorian show announced so far.
The 17-year-old winner of The X Factor has just returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe that saw his song, Don’t Come Easy, finished ninth in the 62nd outing of televised music festival Eurovision.
But even at the peak of the competition, Isaiah expressed his hope to return to regional Victoria and play for a hometown audience.
“I know there are a lot of people watching (in Echuca-Moama),” he said moments after winning through to the Eurovision final last month.
“They’re support has been tremendous in my journey.”
But he described making a mark on the music business from the riverside town as “a challenge”.
Before shooting to fame, the St Joseph’s College student spent weekends travelling back and forth from Melbourne where he would spend days in vocal training.
It is a far cry from where he finds himself now, receiving social media messages from fans across the globe.
“People in Stockholm send me Snapchats of my songs being played in supermarkets, shopping centres, at the airports,” he said.
His first single, It’s Gotta Be You, is approaching 100 million streams online and has been awarded double platinum status in Sweden and Norway.
“I get really emotional when I sing and I think that comes through no matter what language you speak.”
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