A SONG dedicated to heartbreak, nostalgia and long-distance love has been chosen as Australia’s entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

X-Factor winner Dami Im was chosen by SBS to represent Australia at the contest in May will perform her new song Sound of Silence when the contest heads to Stockholm, Sweden, later this year.

The mid-tempo track has an anthemic feel and a big, catchy chorus to fill the arena, allowing Im to showcase her signature vocals.

“The first time I heard Sound of Silence I knew it was the perfect song for me to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest,” Im said.

“There are many ways to interpret the meaning around a song, but one theme that I relate to in Sound of Silence is that of disconnection and being away from the people in my life that I love. We live in a world where it is easy to be connected every minute of the day but along with this connection you can feel alone and isolated.”

Sound of Silence is written by Australian hit makers DNA Songs (David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii) who have written for some of the biggest names in pop music, including Ricky Martin, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Delta Goodrem, Timomatic and The Veronicas as well as Im’s X-Factor winner’s single Alive.

Sound of Silence is about feelings of nostalgia, distance and missing the one you love,” the duo said.

“It’s about how chasing your dreams can sweep you up in a wild rollercoaster ride and take you away from those closest to you. It explores the irony in how the ride can lose its lustre if you can’t share it with the person you love the most.”

Australian Head of Delegation for Eurovision Paul Clarke said: “Sound of Silence is a cracker of a song. It really plays to Dami’s vulnerability in the verses and shows her awesome vocal power in the chorus.

“It’s a perfect song to create something eye-catching for the Eurovision stage with dramatic staging and lighting. That’s all underway, and it’s getting very exciting.”

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