In front of a worldwide audience of more than 200 million viewers, Isaiah Firebrace conquered his nerves on May 13 and helped Australia to a ninth place finish at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine, with a solid rendition of "Don't Come Easy." "Meeting and performing with the artists from other countries and getting to know the Ukrainian people has been an experience I will never forget," said the 2016 X Factor winner, 17. "I will always be honoured to have represented Australia."
While in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Firebrace spent a lot of time talking to the press, rehearsing, meeting music lovers and being a tourist. He shared some exclusive photos with WHO so fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at his Eurovision experience.
Firebrace fine-tuned his performance of 'Don't Come Easy" in rehearsals before and after the Semi-Final on May 9. "What I personally want is something slightly on the lower spectrum of extravagance, but something that's really cool, eye-catching and different," Firebrace told WHO before his European trip began. "I feel like it will just kind of be a moment where everyone just focuses on the song and listens."
Although Portugal's Salvador Sobral took the Eurovision title with his sister's song, "Amar Pelos Dois," Firebrace finished ninth overall.
For more exclusive photos from Isaiah Firebrace's Eurovision photo diary, pick up the latest issue of WHO on newsstands today.