Australia will be joining the Eurovision Song Contest this year! But not as a participation country in the competition, but as a show act in the second Semi Final. This honour felt to the Australian super star Jessica Maulboy. She is going to present an up-tempo song.
It’s not the first time that singers from Australia participate in the ESC for other countries like UK and Ireland: Olivia Newton-John in 1974, Johnny Logan in 1980 and 1987 (and 1992 as composer) and Gina G. in 1996. One of the biggest fan zones of the ESC worldwide can be found far far away from Europe: it’s Australia! The contest has been transmitted over years and found a large group of viewers even if the live transmission time is early in morning. Due to this the show has been aired time delayed on Sunday evenings. This event is still very popular in Australia, as there are many immigrants from many European countries.
It has often been speculated that one day Australia is going to be a member of the ESC. Actually Australian broadcasting companies (ABC, Free TV Australia and SBS) are no active members of the EBU; they are associated members so far. Reporters from SBS have been often reporting live from the ESC.
What would happen if Australia would take part and wins? How would a broadcasting live from Sydney will be effecting the live transmission with a 10 hours time difference? The biggest time difference so far could be noted in the ESC’s from Moscow and Baku with 3 hours time-delay.