The Aussies are in full steam gearing up for their very first Eurovision national final, Eurovision: Australia Decides! The Australian national broadcaster, SBS, has received many songs in its quest to search for the 2019 Australian entry.
With the deadline for song submission looming over the Aussies are working from strength to strength in order to come up with an exciting and entertaining national final come February. The 2019 Australian national final is set to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on Saturday 9 February.
The deadline for composers/producers to submit their entries for the competition is approaching as the submission period concludes on Sunday 4 November.
Mr. Josh Martin ( SBS Commissioning Editor of Entertainment) says:
Hundreds of songwriters across Australia have already submitted a diverse mix of songs – from pop to country, ballad to thrash metal, novelty to opera and everything in between.
“There have been entries from famous songwriters and composers alongside unpublished and emerging songwriters – some as young as 12.
Mr.Paul Clarke ( Blink TV Australia Director/ Australian Head of Delegation) says:
We are looking for songs that will really touch the hearts of Europe. Come on Australia, we need drama, daring, and diversity. That’s what it takes to be noticed at Eurovision.
We know a lot of songwriters and producers will be working down to the wire of the deadline next week. It’s worth saying that the song doesn’t have to be finished, it can just be a demo – but it must be in by November 4.
Songs will be shortlisted later in the year and paired with some of Australia’s most recognised artists.
Australia in Eurovision
Australia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 and has competed in our beloved competition four times.
The Aussie nation was invited to compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as a one off participation but the country embraced the competition with such enthusiasm that they have been invited to retun every year since.
Australia achieved its best result in the contest in 2016 when Dami Im nearly walked away with the coveted Eurovision trophy with her entry Sound of silence, placing 2nd in Stockholm.
Our neighbours down under have enjoyed much succcess in the contest having achieved three top 10 placings in their four year Eurovision history.
In 2018 SBS went internal for the fourth consecutive year and selected Jessica Mauboy to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with her entry We got love. Despite a magnificent performance Australia placed 20th in the Grand Final in Portugal.