Australian national broadcaster SBS is happy and thrilled that Australia will be competing at the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time next year, when the contest travels to Kyiv.
The EBU has invited Australia for the 3rd time to join the Eurovision party, hence the Aussies will participate at the Eurovision Song Contest for a third consecutive year. We had not doubt that the Aussie’s would be heading to Kyiv after Dami Im‘s extraordinary result in Stockholm. Australia won the jury vote at the 2017 ESC and achieved an honorable 2nd place in the Grand Final.
Mr. Michael Ebeid ( SBS Managing Director) says:
Dami Im’s magnificent Grand Final performance in Stockholm earlier this year secured Australia the runner up position on the world’s largest stage, a testament not only to her amazing singing prowess but the humbling way the European community has embraced our entry into the competition.
Australia has celebrated Eurovision for over 30 years on SBS; this joyous event is the perfect example of the SBS charter in action with its celebration of diversity, culture, and inclusion and we are honoured to have been invited to compete once again.
Mr. Paul Clarke (Australian Head of Delegation, Director of Blink TV) says:
Dami Im’s performance in Stockholm felt like a truly historic moment for Australian music, a moment when Europe really opened its arms to us. We are thrilled to be back, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this year.
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest was as massive success for SBS and Australia with this year’s competition reaching 3.7 million Australians* across all three broadcasts combined, a 13% audience growth in the Live Grand Final and an 82% lift in online visits year-on-year.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine with a total of 43 participating countries.
SBS will air the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. More details regarding the 2017 Australian Eurovision project will be released in the coming weeks. Australia is yet to determine the mechanism it will use to select its Eurovision entry and act for Kyiv.