Dami Im won’t be growing a Conchita Wurst-style beard to get an edge in her upcoming performance in the Eurovision Song Contest.
“People have been asking me if I’m going to grow a beard for Eurovision, but that’s not really in my Asian genes!” she laughs.
“I have a big ballad to sing, ‘Sound of Silence,’ which is great because naturally I like singing ballads, better than dance tracks. Eurovision is a good fit for that, I’m going to let my voice do the work.”
The 27-year-old South Korean-born Queenslander was last month announced by Conchita Wurst as Australia’s next competitor in the popular contest, which takes place in Stockholm in May.
“My parents are coming to Sweden, and my husband’s coming as well so we’ll have a celebration. I’ll have fun meeting all the contestants from all around the world. I hear that the atmosphere is amazing over there,” she said.
“My family are encouraging me and saying, ‘You can win! Go win!’ I’d love to but I’ve got to get through the semi-finals first!
“Guy Sebastian did so well, coming fifth. He’s a very tough act to follow.”
The former X-Factor winner’s new album Classic Carpenters, released last Friday, consists of covers of 1970s duo The Carpenters’ classic tracks. Late this year she’ll be embarking on her first national tour.
“My parents used to play their songs to me when I was little. I thought, why don’t I make a whole record of their songs because their songs are so beautiful? They’re such gems,” Dami said.
“Good songs never go out of fashion so I’ll bring them back and let more people enjoy them.
“On tour I’ll be on the piano for many of the songs. I’ll have my full band with me, with brass and the whole horn section.
“Musically, I want people to have a musical feast with the Carpenters songs, my Eurovision song and a couple of X Factor favourites like ‘Purple Rain’.”
Eurovision will screen on SBS from May 13. See Dami perform at one of her Queensland dates this November:
November 4: Kedron Wavell Club, Brisbane. Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au
November 5: Twin Towns, Gold Coast. Tickets from www.twintowns.com.au
November 11: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba. Tickets from www.empiretheatre.com.au
November 12: The Events Centre, Caloundra. Tickets from www.theeventscentre.com.au