Monday 22 July 2019

Drag star Courtney Act to make Eurovision bid to sing for Australia

It will be the fifth year Australia is able to take part in the Europe-based competition.

Drag star Courtney Act to make Eurovision bid to sing for Australia (Matt Alexander/PA)
Drag star Courtney Act to make Eurovision bid to sing for Australia (Matt Alexander/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Celebrity Big Brother star Courtney Act is throwing her hat into the ring to represent Australia at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The drag star, who appeared on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, is making her bid with new single, “dancefloor banger” Fight For Love.

Act, the alter ego of Shane Jenek, will compete on Australia’s national selection TV show Eurovision – Australia Decides in February.

Courtney Act (Handout)

Act said: “A sweet 16 years after Australian Idol, I have the chance to show Australia how I have grown as an artist and performer and I am so excited!

“To compete to represent Oz in Eurovision is second only to being on that stage in Tel Aviv and singing my lungs out for my country.

“Fight For Love is a dancefloor banger all about coming together and fighting for the things we believe in. I think it’s so important to think about the basic human rights of others and to use our collective voices, minds and bodies to lift those people up and bring about change.”

Earlier this year Act landed a job hosting new bisexual reality dating show The Bi Life on the E! channel.

Courtney Act will release the single Fight For Love (Handout)

She will host a Christmas TV special, Courtney Act’s Christmas Extravaganza, on Christmas Eve on Channel 4.

Act is also known for appearing in US TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race, but she rose to fame in the UK after appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.

She fended off competition from housemates including Ann Widdecombe and Boyzone star Shane Lynch in a public vote to win the series in February this year.

Australia has been eligible to take part in Eurovision since 2015.

The country was allowed to enter the competition to mark the event’s 60th anniversary.

The grand final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, in May.

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