Even if Australia is another continent far away from Europe, there are strong bounds which have grown over centuries. A lot of Europeans live in Australia or have European ancestors and family and the ESC has always been a very popular TV show, which brought a lot of people in front of their televisions early in the morning, despite of the time zone problem. The Australian TV has been transmitting the ESC since 1974, when the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John took part for the UK. The enormous time difference has never been a problem for the Australians. There is also televoting in Australia early in the morning, but there is always a reprise on Sunday night for those, who prefer to watch in the evening.
The Eurovision Song Contest has definitely become a big event in Australia, despite the geographical distance with all the time zones. In recent years, the contest has gained a large following in Australia, with many fans hosting viewing parties and even dressing up in costumes inspired by the contest in the early Sunday morning. The Australian broadcaster SBS has been broadcasting the contest since 1983 despite of the time zone problem, and the event is consistently one of the channel’s highest-rated programs each year. The fact that Australia has been allowed to participate in the contest, even if it*s not a European country. There is a strong connection to Europe and to the event.