Help send Grafton's rooftop rapping sensation to Eurovision

UPDATE: Grafton residents can start voting at 10am today for rooftop rapping sensation Rachel Mackey to attend Eurovision 2016 as an SBS media correspondent.

Rachel recorded a last minute, one-take rap from her rooftop in Sydney.

She is now a finalist in a competition that could see her travel  to Sweden as the SBS Eurovision social media correspondent.

Public voting at www.sbs.com.au/eurovision opens 10am today until 10am next Monday, April 11.

"Hopefully it's out there and different enough for SBS to say this is the one," Rachel's mother Sue said.

 

EARLIER: Grafton's Rachel Mackey is a finalist to be the SBS media correspondent at Eurovision Song Contest 2016 thanks to a last minute one-take wonder.

Entrants aged 18 to 24 were asked to submitted a one-minute video stating 'why you should be Australia's eyes and ears on the ground in Stockholm for this year's Eurovision Song Contest' from May 10 to 14.

GREEN FOR GO: Grafton girl Rachel Mackey enjoys a healthy drink to help fight off the jetlag after flying back from England yesterday for Jacaranda Thursday. Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner
GREEN FOR GO: Grafton girl Rachel Mackey enjoys a healthy drink to help fight off the jetlag after flying back from England yesterday for Jacaranda Thursday. Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner Tim Howard

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School first year student, who is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Screen Production, only found out about the competition last Thursday. She wrote a rap for her audition piece when she got home from class and recorded it in one take from her rooftop in Sydney at 6.30am before entries closed on Friday.

The talented actor's first foray into the rap genre included witty references to Australia's belated inclusion into Eurovision with ditties such as "to the Aussie battler it can be quite weird; we're not used to fluro leather or a dame with a beard, but bro just remember that before wolverine, A Boy From Oz wore the tightest pants you've ever seen".

She also revealed her social media smarts: "News and social media, don't worry guys I'm hearing ya. My tweets are sweet, my snaps complete, my Insta' is all sepia".

And for good measure, closed with "if you're not yet convinced that I'm the whole pack, I'll leave you with a little Swedish ... tusen tack (thousand thanks)".

Could Rachel's rapidfire rooftop rap rendition be enough to send her to Sweden as the SBS Eurovision social media correspondent? Well, that will be up to you. Public voting on www.sbs.com.au/eurovision will be open from 10am on Tuesday (April 5) until 10am next Monday, April 11.

"Hopefully it's out there and different enough for SBS to say this is the one," Rachel's mother Sue said.

"It will be great if everyone votes, shares the link and tells their friends to get behind Rachel."

An SBS panel will then choose the winner on April 13 based on the public vote and entrant interviews.

Rachel Mackey sits iin the spotlight at the Criterion Theatre - auditioned at NIDA this year. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Rachel Mackey sits iin the spotlight at the Criterion Theatre - auditioned at NIDA this year. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Ironically, Rachel has been a regular performer at the Criterion Theatre in Grafton, which is putting on Eurovision musical spoof The Eurobeat Goes On from May 19 to 29.

Directed by Anne Newbold, the audience votes to decide the winner after each performance, and includes 'live crossovers' to each of the country representatives, which will include Rachel.

"She's coming back to do a pre-recording for the Criterion Theatre production on Anzac Day weekend," Sue said. "If she goes to Sweden she can actually do a real live cross."



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