The Aussies are gearing up for their very first national final in order to select their Eurovision hopeful for Tel Aviv. SBS, the Australiaan national broadcaster, is working from strength to strength in order to showcase an entertaining, exciting and extraordinary show next February.
Australia is set to hold its very first Eurovision national final on Saturday 9 February at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland. A total of 10 acts will fight for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv during the live televised show.
The show will be co-produced by SBS and Blink TV Australia and will be hosted by radio host, presenter and music buff Myf Warhurst, and comedian Joel Creasey. Eurovision – Australia Decides is set showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action.
Nine of the ten competing candidates have released their potential Eurovision entries, while a snippet of Tania Doko‘s entry Piece of me has also been unveiled. Check them out below:
- Courtney Act – Fight for love
- Leeia Nano – Set me free
- Aydan – Dust
- Sheppard – On my way
- Mark Vincent – This is not the end
- Electric Fields – 200 and Whatever
- Kate Miller Heidke – Zero gravity
- Alfie – To myself
- Ella Hooper – Data dust
- Tania Doko – Piece of me – (Teaser)
Australia in Eurovision
Australia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 and has competed in our beloved competition four times.
The Aussies 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.