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Sheldon Riley

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About

Quick Facts

Name
Sheldon Riley Hernandez

Born
14 march 1999

Nationality
🇦🇺 Australian

National Selection
Eurovision – Australia decides 2022

In Eurovision
2022 Turin

Song
Not the same (2022)

Biography

Sheldon Riley Hernandez, known by his stage name Sheldon Riley, is an Australian singer. Riley was born in Sydney to an Australian mother and Filipino father. He grew up in the Gold Coast. Riley was diagnosed with the asperger syndrom. Riley also faced difficulties in his live being gay in a Christian family.

Sheldon Hernandez started his career in 2016 by auditioning for the eighth season of The X Factor Australia. He was originally mentored as a young solo singer by Adam Lambert. However, he did not make it. Riley returned to The X Factor after the mentor of the groups category, Iggy Azalea, selected him to be a part of a new boy band of eliminated solo artists. The band was called Time and Place. They made it to the first week of the live shows.

In 2018, Riley took part in the seventh season of The Voice Australia. Riley chose Boy George to be his coach. He became 3rd in the final of The Voice. It resulted in the release of his debut single “Fire”.

A year later, Riley returned to The Voice to compete in its eighth season as an all-star contestant. This time, he chose Delta Goodrem as his coach. He reached the semifinal.

In 2020, Riley competed in the fifteenth season of America’s Got Talent. He reached the quarter finals here.

In 2022, Sheldon Riley won the Australian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, and thus represented Australia with the song “I’m not the same”. 

Entries

Not the same

Country
🇦🇺 Australia

Year
2022

Language
English

Lyrics
Sheldon Riley Hernandez

Music
Sheldon Riley Hernandez
Cam Nacson

Backings

Results Semi

Points: 243
Position: 2
Running order: 8

Results Finals

Points: 125
Position: 15
Running order: 21

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