For a time it felt like it was a forgone conclusion that Courtney Act would represent Australia at this year’s controversial Eurovision song contest in Israel. At last night’s live show, however, Courtney was not selected by the viewing public, eventually coming in fourth place.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Finalist and Celebrity Big Brother winner previously 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.”
Despite a well received performance, Courtney did not get the necessary number of votes to be selected. She lost out to Kate-Miller Heidke with her song ‘Zero Gravity’, a pop opera mash up.
However, those hungry for their next Courtney fix won’t have to wait long as the drag star will compete on Australia’s Dancing With Stars. She will be paired with a male dance partner and dance as Courtney rather than her alter-ego Shane Janek.
Courtney told her Twitter followers: (sic) “Imma be twinkling round the floor on Dancing With The Stars! Can’t wait to do all the sexy dances and wear all the pretty dresses (hopefully no wardrobe malfunctions this time).”
— Courtney Act (@courtneyact) February 10, 2019
It is rumoured that the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna, might appear at this year’s ceremony. Sylvan Adams, a Canadian-Israeli billionaire has offered to cover Madonna’s booking fee. Adams’ business partner spoke to news agency YNet about the likelihood of Madonna performing:
“We are in round-the-clock negotiations with Madonna’s people and we hope that in the next few days we will sign her arrival at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.”
Many have called for a boycott of the event due to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
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