He won The Voice in 2016 and now Alfie Arcuri is hoping to make it to an even bigger stage.
The Catherine Field singer-songwriter is one of is one of 10 talented musical acts vying to be Australia’s selection for Eurovision 2019.
The musician said competing to enter Eurovision felt very different from his earlier TV experience.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be on the biggest stage in the world.Eurovision hopeful Alfie Arcuri
“When I was trying out for The Voice three years ago, music was just my hobby, I was still working as an architect,” he said.
“But now my hobby has become my passion and my career. It’s definitely nerve-wracking.”
Arcuri said he had built a great camaraderie with his fellow entrants, and Eurovision – Australia Decides (the television program which will give the Australian public the chance to vote for their favoured Eurovision contestant) felt less like a competition and more like a “big group of friends”.
The other contestants are Ella Hooper (of Killing Heidi), Tania Doko (of Bachelor Girl), Kate Miller-Heidke, Mark Vincent, Sheppard, Aydan, Leea Nonos, Electric Fields and Courtney Act.
“I was announced on Friday with Ella Hooper and Tania Doko, which was amazing because I grew up loving their music,” he said.
“I’ve also known Courtney Act, the drag performer, for a while, so it’s been a great time.”
Arcuri said he wrote his Eurovision track, To Myself, as a letter to his teenage self.
He said music was his solace when he was younger, trying to grapple with the person he was becoming, and he hoped his music could inspire others.
“I always write very honestly and from a place of vulnerability,” he said.
“That’s the way I express myself.
“I’ve had some great responses from people around the world since the song came out on Friday.”
Arcuri said he felt a responsibility to represent and be a voice for Australia’s LGBT community, something that was “extremely important to me”.
He is hoping to win the hearts of Australia all over again and impress on the world stage.
“I hope all of Macarthur will get behind me again,” he said.
“I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be on the biggest stage in the world.”
Arcuri said he loved the “colour, diversity and fun” of the Eurovision song contest and he hoped his Italian-Australian heritage would give him a leg up in the competition.
“I feel like being Italian-Australian could definitely be a benefit in Eurovision,” he said.
“I watched Eurovision the year Dami Im came second and I just felt so proud of her as an Australian.
“I’ve really started getting into Eurovision in probably the past seven years.”
Australia’s previous Eurovision entrants were Dami Im, Guy Sebastian, Isaiah Firebrace and Jessica Mauboy.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will go to air on SBS on February 9.