Myf’s European dream gig
A HEART-stirring power ballad, multiple key changes and over-the-top set design are the key ingredients needed for a successful Eurovision bid if you ask Myf Warhurst.
"When all fails, just add a butter churner or a Russian babushka... or get a nude guy with a wolf," she said.
The Aussie TV and radio icon should know - she has spent decades working in the music industry and is a die-hard fan of the European singing contest (just ask her about the Eurovision parties she's hosted over the years).
But this year she is in Kiev, Ukraine to host the SBS coverage of the event with Joel Creasey - a job that's been shared by Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang for the past seven years.
"It's a dream gig. It's something I've watched all my life and something I've always secretly wanted to do," Warhust says.
"I'm confident I've got this but also still a bit nervous because I don't want to muck it up and Julia and Sam did such a great job... They're big shoes to fill for me."
Warhurst was on the Australian judging panel last year which gave her a fresh perspective of the competition.
"It kinda allowed me to bring that critical music ear to it in a way and try to work out what makes a song great for Eurovision and what works and what doesn't. I loved it," she said.
That knowledge leads Warhurst to believe Australia's contestant, Isaiah Firebrace, has what it takes to earn the coveted Eurovision title with his song Don't Come Easy after "we were robbed" last year when Dami Im came second.
"I reckon he's got the goods," she says.
"He's young but he's just got this beautiful old soul voice.
"He's got a real sense of character and this beautiful voice. I have all my fingers and toes crossed."
Warhurst said she and Firebace both grew up on the Murray River and she already felt like he was part of the family.
"I'll be mothering the hell out of him and making sure he does a great job."
This morning Firebrace was voted through to the grand final, despite a hiccup during his performance.
Aside from following the Aussie contender, Warhurst says she is excited to watch European politics play out on stage - Russia has already been banned from entering its contestant this year - and take in the quirky performances the song contest is famous for.
"Eurovision is everything I know about music ramped up to about an 11. If there's one key change in a normal song, there'll be four in a Eurovision song," she says.
"If someone's wearing a sequinned top in a song, assume that it's an entire sequinned set on Eurovision, it's kind of what I love about it."
The second semi-final airs tomorrow at 5am on SBS. The Eurovision grand final airs on Sunday at 5am. Both are replayed at 7.30pm.