Australian Eurovision entrant Danny Estrin reveals cancer diagnosis as Voyager cancel European tour

<span>Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The frontman for Voyager, Australia’s representatives at this year’s Eurovision, has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer that requires “immediate treatment”.

Danny Estrin announced the shock diagnosis on Instagram, saying he was “absolutely devastated” the band would have to cancel its upcoming European tour.

The Perth-based synth-metal band had hoped to capitalise on their popular Eurovision performances, where they placed ninth but Estrin said he now had to focus on his health.

“I am absolutely devastated that we cannot perform on our forthcoming European tour, especially after this incredible Eurovision year we’ve had,” the 41-year-old wrote.

“This has been an extremely hard decision to make, but one that everyone will hopefully understand.

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“I am on strict doctors’ orders to not take this lightly, put my health first and get this sorted so we can be on stage again as soon as possible.”

The band said they were hoping to reschedule the tour for October 2024 and will play their final performance before the hiatus at an America’s Cup anniversary event in Fremantle on Sunday.

“In the coming weeks I will focus on my health and family and ask that everyone please respect our privacy,” Estrin said. “I truly value and appreciate everyone’s support and understanding during this time.”

Voyager has been active since 1999 and have released eight albums in that time, accumulating a cult following.

Their popularity exploded after they were selected to represent Australia at the Eurovision song contest, where their song Promise equalled Australia’s best result since 2019.

Fans wished Estrin well on the band’s Instagram page.

“Danny, you made so many friends in Liverpool – all of us are here for you, sending all our love ❤️❤️❤️,” the Eurovision page wrote.

“All of Australia is behind you Danny ❤️ We’ll be waiting for when you’re ready to rock the stage again, but until then, take care and focus on getting better 🫂,” the SBS Australia Instagram page wrote.