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Jessica Mauboy has finally released the uplifting ‘We Got Love’, Australia’s entry into the 2018 Eurovision songwriting contest. Of the song, Mauboy says “‘We Got Love’ is also about how music can lift the human spirit. You can always rise above in the hardest times with something as simple as a great song.”

Mauboy’s participation in this year’s Eurovision, which will be held in Portugal, marks the fourth year the country has competed in the contest since Australia was first granted entry in 2015, but it’s not the first time Mauboy has performed there. She was invited for a one-off performance in 2014 of her track ‘Sea Of Flags’.

Australia’s track record with Eurovision is pretty fantastic, as the country consistently finished in the top 10 every single year it has competed, with Dami Im earning herself second place back in 2016.

Playing the leading contender “We Got Love” to her partner, soccer player Themeli Magripilis, Mauboy says his first reaction was to ask her if she had another song."My reaction was ... I was so devastated, I didn't know how to react to be honest," Mauboy says of the exchange, laughing. "I was all kinds of emotions." As it happens, Mauboy did have a second song - along with “We Got Love” there was another contender titled “A Force of Nature” - which she also played to him.

"His second reaction was, can you play the first one again, and after that, he said that's the one," she says. "I think I was still in shock from his first reaction," she adds, laughing.

Mauboy says “We Got Love” was chosen because it was a strong song with a simple message. "It's a simple message that hits hard at you, to make you feel the most comfortable, and it moves you in such a way that you physically don't even have to be moved, it's like an in-body experience," she says.

The song was written by Mauboy with Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci, who previously collaborated on Dami Im's 2016 Eurovision song “Sound of Silence” and Isaiah Firebrace's 2017 Eurovision song “Don't Come Easy”.

“Sound of Silence” took Dami Im to second place in the competition, while Firebrace placed ninth. In Australia's first year in competition, 2015, Guy Sebastian's “Tonight Again” came fifth.

Mauboy has graced the Eurovision stage once before, performing out of competition during the interval of the grand final telecast in 2014. "Having the opportunity to go again on a competition level, for me it's personal," she says. "Having left from there it was, for me, a winner, having not even been part of the competition," she says. "But I felt there was something to represent the country for me, all the things I am, there is always something to be heard or said."

Traditionally countries finesse the staging of performances down to the last moments and make small changes between the semi and grand finals. "I am actually quite nervous about that side of it," she said. "The creative side of it has been a battlefield in my mind."

Mauboy hinted that she may bring dancers to Lisbon, and the staging may touch on the elemental themes of water and fire.

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