Logan plans celebration for Dami Im
LOGAN'S golden girl is set to be welcomed back to her home city with a huge public celebration, after placing second at Eurovision.
Dami Im represented Australia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest held in Stockholm, where she performed "Sound of Silence".
After leading the voting tally for much of the night, Ms Im slipped to second at the last moment with Ukraine winning the event.
Ms Im's performance won more votes than any other from juries from each country. But the Ukraine's Jamala took out the popular vote to win the title.
Ms Im told Fairfax Media she loved singing for Australia.
"I wanted to enjoy it. I sang to the audience. Everyone was loving the song. I was loving them," she said.
"I wasn't nervous at all. It was the best moment of my life."
The victory was only the second time Ukraine had won Eurovision - but was not without controversy with Russia complaining Jamala's song was too political and should not have been allowed.
Mayor Luke Smith said he was glued to the TV watching the Logan singer on Sunday morning.
"It's the first time I've ever watched Eurovision, and it was very tense," he said.
"I was confused by how the judging was done, because there were all these numbers flying around everywhere.
"But we're just so proud of her."
Cr Smith said he had been inundated with requests to celebrate Im's success at Eurovision, and said he had met with other councillors and key council staff early Monday morning to discuss what they would do.
"We have two options we are looking at, but it will definitely be a welcome home celebration," he said.
"We're all behind the concept of having a massive celebration to celebrate Dami and Logan's success in Eurovision."
Cr Smith said he had been in contact with her management, and had received a message back from Im saying she was "delighted" with the support she had received from her home city, and was excited to participate in a celebration once back in Australia.
"We're just working out the details now, but we hear she should be back in a matter of weeks," Cr Smith said.
"When you come second in Eurovision, you're suddenly wanted around the world."
The Daisy Hill local rose to fame after she won the fifth season of The X Factor Australia in 2013, receiving a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
1) Ukraine - 534
2) Australia - 511
3) Russia - 491
4) Bulgaria - 307
5) Sweden - 261
6) France - 257
7) Armenia - 249
8) Poland - 229
9) Lithuania - 200
10) Belgium - 181
11) The Netherlands - 153
12) Malta - 153
13) Austria - 151
14) Israel - 135
15) Latvia - 132
16) Italy - 124
17) Azerbaijan - 117
18) Serbia - 115
19) Hungary - 108
20) Georgia - 104
21) Cyprus - 96
22) Spain - 77
23) Croatia - 73
24) United Kingdom - 62
25) Czech republic - 41
26) Germany - 11