“When Jess (Mauboy) performed, I thought ‘Oh my God, Australian can do it, we’re allowed to be there now’,” he said. “And then seeing what Guy and Dami did was incredible. It would definitely be something I would love to do, that would be the dream. And what if I won?”
He cites Mauboy as his greatest role model because of what she has achieved as an indigenous artist and performing Wake Me Up with her during the finale was the highlight of his nascent music career.
“I’ve always looked up to her, she’s come so far and I was inspired by someone who is indigenous doing such great things,” he said.“I really want to be a role model, not just to young indigenous people but the non-indigenous community, to encourage young people to never give up on their dreams. I am really passionate about that.”
His debut single It's gotta be you is already a hit (even a top-10 iTunes one in Finland of all places) and his debut album comes out on December 9. Could it include the next Australian Eurovision entry or will they still rely on someone with more experience?