Sydney (dpa) – Guy Sebastian, Australia’s first Eurovision entrant didn’t make the top spot in the song contest but earned praise at home Sunday for his efforts in Vienna.
“Fifth place is not bad for a first try,” said Richard Cooper, a Sydney resident.
“Guy is a phenomenal performer but so is Mans,” he said, referring to winning entry by Mans Zelmerlow of Sweden. “The show was amazing.”
Malaysia-born Sebastian is a former winner of the Idols talent show.
Australia’s Eurovision voters overwhelmingly backed winners Sweden with 12 points and gave Russia 10 points, Italy eight and Latvia seven.
Sonia Surija tweeted: “@GuySebastian It was worth getting up at 5.00am this morning LOL. Congrats Guy & backing singers, amazing performance, keep smiling.”
In another tweet from a fan to the Malaysian-born singer-songwriter and one time Idols winner, Jennifer Martin said:”goodonya Guy! You rocked it! So proud of you and how u represented OZ.”
Few of the pubs and clubs across Australia that hosted special Eurovision parties late Saturday stayed open for the 5am Sunday (2200 GMT) grand final when the winner was named.
Cooper and Surija, like most Eurovision super fans across Australia, watched the live television broadcast at home.
Those who didn’t were trying to avoiding spoiler alerts because they plan to attend Eurovision parties on Sunday evening, where a repeat of the grand final are to be played on big screens.