Believe it or not, the Eurovision Song Contest is also broadcasted outside Europe. Especially Australia is very interested in this TV event, which has always been shown on Sunday nights, due to the grand time zones differences. This year it’s the 30th anniversary of the broadcasting to Down Under.
Since years the Australian broadcaster SBS is sending their own commentators to the hosting cities, in some year’s the BBC commentaries of Terry Wogan have been used. The enthusiasm in Australia is incredibly high, due to the internationality and the funny songs. Every year there is a public viewing on Federation Square in Melbourne.
This year this anniversary is especially pointed out in the Semi Final 1, with lovely pictures of Australia, and how crazy the Aussies love this ESC. The only teardrop is that the Australians are not allowed to vote. Maybe the organizers make an exception this year and there is an Australian jury or so to involve Australia better in the Eurovision Song Contest that would be a great gesture!
Since years, there is also an Australian reporter in Malmö who is collecting messages of the participating singers, as there are so many immigrants from all over Europe to be found in Australia, who love to hear the messages of the singers.