Jessica Mauboy first became part of the Eurovision world in 2014, where she performed as part of a Eurovision interval act. After acting as an Australian ambassador, she went on to compete at the contest as well.
Who is Jessica Mauboy?
Australian singer-songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy hails from Darwin in the Northern Territory. The talented artist rose to fame after participating on the fourth season of Australian Idol where she finished in second place. Despite not winning the competition, she went on to sign a contract with Sony Music Australia.
The Journey to Eurovision
Not long after her Idol appearance, Jessica joined the girl group Young Divas, however her career blossomed as a solo act. In 2008, Jessica released her debut studio album titled ‘Been Waiting’. The album featured her first number-one single, ‘Burn’.
Her second studio album was titled ‘Get ‘Em Girls’ which was released in 2010. The lead single featured Snoop Dogg, and a number of the other singles featured collaboration with well known rappers and vocalists.
In 2012, Jessica recorded 15 songs for the film ‘The Sapphires’, with the album debuting at number one. The following year, she received two nominations at the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards for Young Australia of the Year and Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year, where she won the latter. In the same year she performed at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles.
Her third studio album titled ‘Beautiful’ featured some of her biggest hits, including ‘Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up), ‘Never Be The Same’ and ‘Can I Get a Moment?’.
In 2014, Jessica was selected by SBS to perform at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as an interval act dedicated to Australia’s love for the contest. She performed ‘Sea of Flags’ during the second semi-final.
After performing at various events, such as the Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony, ICC Cricket World Cup opening ceremony and the ARIA Awards, she released a soundtrack album for the TV series ‘The Secret Daughter’ which she played the lead role of Billie Carter. The soundtrack featured a mix of covers and original songs. After the success of the soundtrack, a second album was released in 2017. This became Jessica’s fifth top 10 album. On the album was the original track ‘Fallin’ which peaked at 11 on the charts and reached platinum status.
In 2017, Jessica was announced as the Australian representative for the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. She performed the song ‘We Got Love’ which finished in 20th position in the final.
What Happened Next?
In 2019, Jessica released ‘Sunday’, a single off her fourth studio album which was titled ‘Hilda’.
The album’s second single, ‘Little Things’ was released in June 2019, and the album was released and debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums chart.
In late 2020, Jessica was announced as a coach for the 2021 season of The Voice Australia, which will be the 10th edition of the show. She is joined by fellow Eurovision participant Guy Sebastian as well as Rita Ora, who also has an interesting history with Eurovision (but we can save that for another day!) and Australia country legend, Keith Urban.
Jessica will be touring again in 2022 for ‘The Boss Lady Tour’ which will see concerts in many major Australian cities.