Compassion Ambassador Dami Im is representing Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2016. We were lucky enough to sit down with Dami to discuss all things Eurovision and Compassion, including her upcoming trip to Uganda, before she travelled to Sweden. Find out what she had to say!
08 May, 2016
Dami Im and her husband Noah sponsor eight children through Compassion Australia. Just three weeks after performing on the world’s stage, Dami and Noah will be visiting Uganda in early June to meet their newest sponsored child.
How did you become a Compassion Ambassador two years ago?
When I won X Factor, I wanted to contact Compassion and use my platform to do something good with it. I sponsored my first Compassion child, Somoli from India, when I was 17, and I thought, well, we [my husband Noah and I] love Compassion and what they do, so why don’t we call them and see what we can do for them? They asked if I wanted to be an ambassador, so we went and visited my sponsored child Somoli in India together.
Being at Eurovision will raise your profile. What does this mean for you when it comes to helping children living in poverty?
I think Eurovision is a great way for me to reach more people with my music and grow my fan base and I really want to use the bigger platform to bring awareness about these children and how we can help them through Compassion. I want not just people in Australia but people all over the world to see that you can really be making a difference through Compassion’s programs.
Why are you passionate about helping children living in poverty and where did that conviction come from?
There’s so many children in the world still living in poverty and I think it’s important for us to do something we can to make a difference. I think Compassion is doing something to help these kids in a very effective and loving way by educating them and providing them a safer environment for a better future. When we invest in children, it’s investing in the whole community and it’s really an effective way for us to change the world with whatever ability we have.
What was it like when you met your sponsored child Somoli in India?
I was nervous about meeting Somoli but realising what Compassion has been doing for this girl and how life-changing it was for her was amazing to see for myself. Just to visit the Compassion project and see the amazing work and the amazing difference it makes was eye-opening. All things Eurovision
How did you feel the moment you found out you’d be representing Australia at Eurovision?
When I first found out, I just couldn’t believe it. It was amazing, hard to believe. Once it sunk in I was like wow, it’s just the biggest honour for me.
Are you in a state of disbelief right now about getting to Eurovision?
To be honest, since I found out about me being at Eurovision, I haven’t had that much time for it to sink in. Now I only have a few days until I leave and it’s starting to kind of hit me and I’m starting to get all nervous and really excited.
What are you most excited about?
I’m excited to be singing on the world stage in front of many millions of people and also excited to meet all the contestants from all over the world come together. I think it will be fun.
What are you doing to prepare for Eurovision?
Prepare the song, work out what I am going to do on stage, costume and stage design. A lot of different things had to come together. Lots of media interviews as well.
Can you give us a hint of what to expect costume-wise?
I’ve been getting one of the best Australian couture designers to make the dress for me. I can’t give away everything but it will be something amazing, beautiful, unique and cool.
Is it going to look like a typical Eurovision costume?
I want it to be edgy and different, but I don’t want it to look silly. I don’t want to look like a clown!
Who are your favourite contestants?
I think Russia is one of my favourites, they’re song is great. I love Spain, their song is up-tempo and makes you want to dance. I also love the UK’s song.
How does it feel being at the top of the leader board in the polls [for winning Eurovision]?
I think it’s really, really flattering because there’s 40-something countries involved, so for me to even be mentioned, it’s amazing and humbling.
Good luck at Eurovision, Dami!