Sheldon Riley

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Sheldon Riley
Sheldon Riley in 2022
Sheldon Riley in 2022
Background information
Birth nameSheldon Riley Hernandez
Born (1999-03-14) 14 March 1999 (age 23)
Sydney, Australia
Years active2016–present

Sheldon Riley Hernandez, known by his stage name Sheldon Riley, is an Australian singer. He represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with his song "Not the Same".[1]

Early life

Riley was born in Sydney to an Australian mother and Filipino father.[2] He grew up on the Gold Coast.[3]


2016–2020: The X Factor, The Voice, and America's Got Talent

In 2016, Riley, who then performed under his full name Sheldon Hernandez, auditioned for the eighth season of The X Factor Australia with the songs "Circle of Life" by Elton John and "Ordinary People" by John Legend.[4] He originally participated in the 14-21s category, which was mentored by Adam Lambert, and was eliminated as a solo artist at the bootcamp stage of the competition. 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.[3] The band was called "Time and Place" and its members, in addition to Sheldon, included Sami Afuni, Matthew McNaught, and Leon Kroeber. The group was selected as one of Iggy Azalea's three acts, moving on to the live shows following the three-chair challenge. They were eliminated in the first week of the live shows.[citation needed]

In 2018, Riley appeared in the seventh season of The Voice Australia. He auditioned with the song "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club.[5] All of the four judges turned their chairs and Riley chose Boy George to be his coach. Riley made it to the final of the show and finished in third place.[citation needed]

Immediately following the final, Sheldon released "Fire" via Universal Music Australia.[6][7]

In 2019, Riley returned to The Voice to compete in its eighth season as an all-star contestant.[8] Riley auditioned with "Frozen" by Madonna and received chair turns from both eligible coaches. He chose Delta Goodrem as his coach. He was eliminated in the semi-final of the show.[citation needed]

In 2020, Riley competed in the fifteenth season of America's Got Talent. He auditioned with the song "Idontwannabeyouanymore" by Billie Eilish.[9] He was eliminated in the third quarter-final of the season.[citation needed]

2021–present: Eurovision Song Contest

On 26 November 2021, he was announced as one of the participants in the Eurovision – Australia Decides.[10] Later, it was announced that his song for the contest was called "Not the Same", which released on 15 February 2022. He won the show with 100 points and therefore had the chance to represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.[11][1][12] Riley was one of the 10 qualifiers that advanced to the final of the competition on 14 May, where he reached 15th place with 125 points. Of the points he received, 123 were from national juries, and 2 points were from televoting.[13][14]

Personal life

Riley is openly gay.[2] He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age six.[15] He currently[when?] lives in Melbourne.[3]



List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Fire"[6] 2018 Non-album singles
"More Than I"[15] 2020
"Left Broken"[15] 2021
"Not the Same"[15] 2022 3 47 19


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  2. ^ a b Alfonso-Gregorio, Nikki (11 January 2022). "Sheldon Riley of The Voice Australia: 'I get to be the person I've always wanted to be'". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Olsen, Cooper (26 November 2021). "Australia Decides 2022: Getting to know Sheldon Riley". aussievision. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  4. ^ "What AGT didn't tell you about Sheldon Riley | America's Got Talent". EPIC Top Trending. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  5. ^ "The Voice Australia: Season 7, Blind Auditions 2". Reality Recaps. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Get behind the beautiful Sheldon Riley from The Voice Australia and download his song 'Fire'". Facebook. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Fire - Single by Sheldon Riley". Apple Music. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  8. ^ "The Voice Australia 2019: The All-Star artists returning in Season 8". Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  9. ^ Keegan, Kayla (19 July 2020). "Twitter Recognized 'AGT' Contestant Sheldon Riley From His Past on 'The Voice' Immediately". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (26 November 2021). "Australia: Three More Artists for Eurovision Australia Decides 2022 Revealed". Eurovoix. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  11. ^ Tang, Isabella (26 February 2022). "Sheldon Riley wins Australia Decides 2022 with "Not the Same"". Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  12. ^ Tamer, Rayane (13 May 2022). "'Dream come true': Australia's Sheldon Riley through to Eurovision grand final". SBS News. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Eurovision 2022: The Second Semi-Final Qualifiers". 12 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  14. ^ Gbogbo, Mawunyo (15 May 2022). "Australia's Sheldon Riley garners support from national juries at Eurovision". ABC News.
  15. ^ a b c d "Sheldon Riley heads to Eurovision with 'Not the Same'". OutInPerth. 26 February 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Singles Chart (Independent Labels) 7 March 2022". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. 7 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  17. ^ "2022 20-os savaitės klausomiausi (Top 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  18. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 20". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
Preceded by Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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