Australia: SBS opts for an internal selection for Eurovision 2018

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 4,588 views

Europe hold your horses, the Aussies are getting ready for Lisbon! Australia is all set to excel at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, preparations are in full swing down under.

Last August Australian national broadcaster SBS confirmed to ESCToday that Australia will participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Internal selection for Eurovision 2018

The Australian delegation has confirmed to ESCToday that SBS will be opting yet again for an internal selection in order to select its Eurovision act and entry for ESC 2018. The Aussies will be using the same mechanism for the 4th consecutive time.

ESCToday has learned that the 2018 Australian project is in the wraps and that SBS/Blink TV will select the next Australian hopeful internally. The Australian broadcaster is currently in the process of shortlisting  potential candidates.

More details and information regarding the 2018 Australian Eurovision participation and project will be released in due course.

Who will represent Australia in Lisbon?

But who will be the lucky act to represent Australia in Portugal? There are many rumoured names in the wishlist: Delta Goodrem, Natalie Imbruglia, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Mauboy, Sia, Dannii Minogue, Courtney Act, The Veronicas, etc.

The mystery will be resolved in due course…

Eurovision 2018 will be broadcast on SBS in May 2018 and will be hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, returning after their debut as hosts and commentators at the 2017 contest.

Australia in Eurovision

The Aussies were invited to participate at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna as a one off occasion, but our neighbours down under embraced the contest with such enthusiasm they were invited back again in 2016, 2017 and we will see them yet again in 2018.

The Australian nation has won the hearts of Eurovision fans near and far, achieving 3 Top 10 placings in their short 3 year Eurovision history.

Australia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 with flying colours. Guy Sebastian had the honour of flying the Australian flag in Vienna with Tonight again, achieving a remarkable 5th place in the Grand Final.

In 2016, Australia was invited back to the Eurovision fiesta in Stockholm, the country nearly walked away with the coveted trophy when Dami Im won the jury vote but placed 2nd overall after the televoting results were disclosed.

In the aftermath of Dami Im’s extraordinary result the Aussies were yet again invited to join the Eurovision bandwagon in 2017. Australia brought multi talented Isaiah Firebrace to Kyiv and achieved an honorable 9th place in the Grand Final

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.