Guy Sebastian Hits Back at Eurovision Haters Re: Australia’s Selection


Guy Sebastian, who was recently chosen as the first ever Australian contestant to compete in the world-renown Eurovision Song Contest, is hitting back at haters that have taken to voicing their discontent regarding his selection. The 33-year-old has given the statement that their harsh words do not phase him in the slightest, because the amount of positivity that has come his way post-selection announcement has far overshadowed that of the nay-sayers.

Indeed, the reception surrounding the announcement that the ESC had chosen the former Australian Idol winner to represent the land down under for the first time in history was certainly full of mixed feelings. While Sebastian is correct that the people accepting his nomination and stating it would be a good idea were more plentiful than those who disapproved, the disapproval came in waves of heavy and somewhat overly hurtful comments. One Twitter user openly asked his followers how he would go about renouncing his Australian citizenship, as remaining part of the country with Sebastian representing it was not something this individual wanted any part in.

Various other users were united on their opinion that anybody else would have made for a better choice, citing their view that Sebastian was far less than original and had already been plaguing their radios and televisions with his bland vocal ability for over a decade. This thought process was also reiterated outside of social media, with a few articles popping up across the internet detailing the writer’s thoughts that, although Sebastian was not necessarily the most awful choice to represent the country, it was disappointing that someone with more charisma and individualistic value was not ultimately selected to participate.

Some have even compiled lists containing all the alternate individuals they feel would have been more suited to ESC 2015, most significantly Australian singer Kylie Minogue. In fact, the retaliation regarding Minogue not being chosen led to an online petition supporting the idea of her taking Sebastian’s place, and there is also another movement to disqualify Sebastian overall from representing Australia this year (the reason for this is not concrete, and seems to center mostly around the fact that so many dislike the idea and are not fans of the singer in the least).

Sebastian chose to deal with all the aforementioned negativity by way of quoting the record-breaking Taylor Swift hit Shake It Off, via the line “Hater’s gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”. The Malaysian born entertainer says that his overwhelming excitement regarding his entry, coupled with the enormous amount of people who do support him and are overjoyed at his Eurovision participation, pushes aside any qualms he may have regarding not being accepted into the competition or winning said haters over.

Guy Sebastian has responded to the criticism of his Eurovision 2015 entry by finding his own way to Shake It Off, continuing to keep his head raised high and hunker down in preparation for the competition. Sebastian’s song choice has yet to be revealed, although the news is said to come out in the next day or two.

By Rebecca Grace


Mail Online

5 Responses to "Guy Sebastian Hits Back at Eurovision Haters Re: Australia’s Selection"

  1. Linda Gee   March 7, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    The haters are in the minority. There is so much support from legitimate artists and the wide community for Guy. He’s sung before the Pope, Queen Elizabeth, Oprah… not to mention singing a song he had written. He is a genuine, extremely talented musician and coming off his huge arena state wide concerts and the success of his “Madness” album he’s ready to take on the World.

  2. Denise Pentland   March 6, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Rebecca – great article! Guy Sebastian is a very worthy representative of Australia in Eurovision. He is very charismatic and has a compelling stage presence. It is only the haters that have not really seen him LIVE that make such nasty comments through ignorance.

  3. Marlene Bryan   March 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    It makes me laugh that so many people want Kylie,who I love by the way,because she was one of the first people to tweet congratulations to him,as have many other celebrities.Guy is & has been one of the hardest workers in the Australian music for 12 years now.He has just finished a successful sellout 7 date arena tour.He is Australia’s most successful male artist ever in terms of sales and accreditations.Australia is sadly a country who loves to knock down the tall poppys,but Guy just bounces back & keeps on growing.

  4. Meg   March 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    The hate coming in for Guy has stunned me. I knew he would get flak, but the amount and vindictiveness of some of it has truly amazed me. This is someone who is one of our highest selling acts, and someone who has received 24 nominations in our biggest music awards, the ARIA Awards, and also numerous nominations from APRA, the peer voted songwriting awards. Plus some nominations in overseas awards in recent years as well, including one from the prestigious NAACP Image Awards. And anyone who defends him on twitter is accused of being a troll. Or worse, as one tweeter accused me of being a “gook lover” for defending an asian immigrant. And when I called him a racist I got hate from someone for calling someone who called me a gook lover a racist. Go figure. And the most ridiculous thing is despite SBS claiming Eurovision is watched by millions in Australia last year the final only 9% of the viewer share with less than half a million watching it. Aussies are not all that interested in Eurovision. They just like hating on people when they get the chance. I am ashamed of Australia right now. Tall Poppy syndrome is alive and well. And the idea that Aussies give everyone a fair go is out the window.

  5. Kat   March 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Guy Sebastian is a perfect choice and most Australians think so, however there is the element of on-line key board warriors who will be nasty to anyone they perceive as being successful. Unfortunately, in this age of social media, it seems being a public figure means that you have to cop hate whilst also getting lots of lot love as well.


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