Following the tragic passing of musical legend Prince yesterday (Thursday 21st April 2016), Australia’s 2016 Eurovision Song Contest representative Dami Im has paid a special tribute to the late icon with a TV performance of his classic hit Purple Rain.
This is a song with many memories for Dami: she performed Purple Rain during the second week of her participation in The X Factor Australia in 2013, receiving a standing ovation for her rendition.
Watch Dami’s tribute to Prince, which took place on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, below:
Dami went on to win The X Factor Australia, which launched her to fame.
Dami Im will participate in the second semi-final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (from a running position of 10th) with her entry Sound of Silence. Broadcasting live from Stockholm’s Globen Arena, the Contest is held on 10, 12 and 14 May.
A succession of Eurovision Song Contest acts past and present have taken to social media to pay their respects to Prince, with a selection of tributes below:
Amir (France 2016)
Ruth Lorenzo (Spain 2014)
Cheryl Baker, Bucks Fizz (United Kingdom 1981)
— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) April 21, 2016
Loreen (Sweden 2012)
Barei (Spain 2016)
Emma Marrone (Italy 2014)
Jüri Pootsmann (Estonia 2016)
— Jüri Pootsmann (@j_pootsmann) April 21, 2016
Ruth Lorenzo and Jüri Pootsmann have both previously performed Purple Rain on TV, with their performances on The X Factor UK and Eesti otsib superstaari respectively:
ESC Today extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Prince at this sad time.