Music legend Chad Morgan has expressed his bitter disappointment at once again being overlooked as Australia’s entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held this year in Israel.
It is the fifth time The Sheik of Scrubby Creek has missed the call-up since the first entertainer from Down Under – indeed the whole Oceania region – May Miller and her Magical Piano Accordion of Renown, was invited to perform at the contest in 2015.
The 86-year-old Queensland-born entertainer was banking on using the worldwide Eurovision telecast as a platform to reveal his final “new look” after undergoing a gradual personal makeover during the past year (main picture) aimed at capturing a new, younger, and global audience.
Morgan says he’s shattered by the decision, particularly as he felt his song offering, a reworked version of his eponymous hit, The Sheik of Scrubby Creek, would have been a “dead-set cert for Eurostar (sic) honours”.
“I’d turned the song into a sort of poppy, techno thing in a minor key and with a 96-bar template,” Morgan told The Bug.
“It was totally forgettable. Complete and absolute shit if the truth be known so I reckon we could have gone all the way with it at Eurovenison (sic).”
Morgan’s Brisbane-based manager Fred Fleece said his long-term buddy and client had taken the rejection very badly.
“He’s really down in the mouth over this,” Fleece said. “A gig at Europcar (sic) would have been perfect for Chad. He cut his teeth on these sorts of gigs and it would have been the perfect opportunity to show off his talents and, who knows, relaunch his career.”