This is a truly spectacular announcement from the EBU and the Austrian broadcaster ORF that Australia will join this year’s Eurovision Song Contest as a participant! This might be a big surprise for many but it has various reasons. First of all the Australian broadcaster SBS has been airing the ESC since 1983. Therefore the popularity of the event has grown enormously over the years and is still one of the TV highlights in Down Under nowadays. Even if the Australian take the ESC with a great portion of humour thanks to Terry Wogan’s commentaries.
Furthermore this year it will be the 60th anniversary of the ESC, there were 39 contestants, and hence we now have 40 participants with Australia. Last year in Copenhagen, Australia was part of the interval act in the second semi-final with Jessica Mauboy. This entry was not part of the competition.
This year Australia is directly set for the Grand Final. The reason for this is the unique participation of Australia. And it should remain one single entry in history, unless Australia might win. In the case of a victory, the ESC will not be held in Australia, the broadcaster will co-host the ESC of the runner up country. There will be an Australian jury and televoting for the Australian public and furthermore Australia will have the voting rights in both semi-finals and the Grand Final. And other countries will be able to vote for Australia. It’s planned as a one-off initiative which means that this participation will be an exception.
It’s still open if there will be a direct nomination of a singer or if there will be selection show.
This is how SBS is preparing the Australian public for the ESC:
Last year’s interval act (2nd Semi Final) with an Australian introduction and Jessica Mauboy:
Interview with Jessica Mauboy (Australian top star perfoming in the interval act)
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!