After Australia’s first official participation (Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again") in Vienna this year, it has now been confirmed by the EBU that Australia is going to be back next year in Stockholm. Due to the special 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, Australia has been invited as special guest to the biggest TV show in the world. It was said that it’s going to be a one-off opportunity for Australia. The Australians have been following the ESC for decades and they are member of the EBU, even if there is a big geographical distance to Europe.
The announcement of the participation has been highly appreciated all over the Europe and Australia. Unlike their debut entry in the Grand Final, Australia needs to qualify in one of the two semi-finals. In case of a victory Australia would co-host the 2017 event with a European broadcaster. This rule has been done to avoid people have to travel around the world to reach the host city.
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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!