Isaiah puts Eurovision into a spin

Isaiah Firebrace at first Eurovision rehearsal.
Isaiah Firebrace at first Eurovision rehearsal. SBS/Eurovision

ISAIAH Firebrace took his first spin around on the giant turntable prop he will ride during Eurovision 2017 - scoring favourable reviews from his competition and commentators.

The 17-year-old X Factor winner still has some work to do to perfect his performance on the Lazy Susan-style platform but told News Corp Australia he was relieved to find the movement didn't make him dizzy.

At times he stands on it as it revolves but in other moments, he moves against the motion of the oversized vinyl record player.

"Apparently judges and fans watch (some) rehearsals. It will be weird to sing how I am going to sing in the semi-final because with me, with rehearsals I do it probably about 70 per cent and then let go on the night," he said.

One observer from British newspaper Metro said Australia's odds to win the 2017 contest after Dami Im came so close last year should shorten as rehearsals continue this week ahead of competition kick off on May 9 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Im's popularity at Eurovision also skyrocketed as the 42 countries competing in the semi-finals last year went through their paces at rehearsals.

"Isaiah Firebrace has just completed his rehearsal of It Don't Come Easy, and shown that Australia are contenders again," Metro reported.

"People haven't really been talking about Australia as a potential Eurovision winner this time around but that started to change as Isaiah completed his first run throughs of their entry this morning."

The outlandish productions hold as much weight as the quality of the singing and the song entry at Eurovision and there are some corkers at the 2017 event.

Azerbaijan semi-finalist Dihaj shares the stage with a dancer wearing a horse's head while the impressive man braid of Montenegro's Slavko Kalezic gets a workout worthy of a Pantene ad.

He even swept the floor with the Rapunzel-style plait.

After the first rehearsals, everyone appeared to be transfixed with Sweden's treadmill action. Their contestant Robin Bengtsson proved he could walk and sing at the same time on the slow-moving walkway but it was hardly as difficult as the famous OK Go video for Here It Goes Again.

But the big novelty attraction this year will be Italy's dancing gorilla.

SBS has announced the Australian jury who will cast the national vote during the competition.

One of Australia's most popular musical theatre stars Lucy Durack leads the five-member panel which includes Jordan Raskopoulos, the singer of comedy music group Avis Of Awesome.

She is joined by comedian and cabaret favourite Jackie Loeb, conductor Stephen Capaldo and music director Peter Hayward who works with the Schools Spectacular.

Viewers can also vote for their favourite songs in Semi-Final 1, which features Isaiah, and the Grand Final, via the official app but will have to cast their ballots during after the live broadcasts, not the prime-time replays.

Lee Lee Chin will again act as Australia's Eurovision spokesperson.

The SBS broadcast details for the competition are:

LIVE early morning broadcasts

Semi Final 1 - May 10, 5am (AEST), Semi Final 2 - May 12, 5am and Grand Final, May 14, 5am

Prime time evening broadcasts

Semi Final 1 - May 12, 7.30pm, Semi Final 2 - May 13, 7.30pm, Grand Final - May 14, 7.30pm.

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