Australia: Eurovision national selection format ready; launch in 2019?

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 2,050 views

The Aussies simply love the Eurovision Song Contest and have embraced the competition with open arms. Our friends down under are in the process of developing great stuff and surprises for Eurovision in the coming years!

Australia has been broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest for the past 30 odd years, the country debuted in the competition in 2015 and is here to stay!

The Australians have garnered great results in the contest and have big plans for Eurovision in the near future. The Australian delegation told ESCToday in Kyiv, during the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, that Australia was planning to implement a national selection in order to select their Eurovision and entry in the near future.

Last August SBS confirmed to ESCToday that Australia would participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, followed by the the confirmation of an internal selection.

Hereafter, ESCToday contacted the Australian delegation to find out more about the nation’s forthcoming Eurovision plans and if a potential national selection was on the table.

The Australian delegation told ESCToday:

In the months after Kyiv, we developed a national selection format for future years that has been accepted by SBS-TV. It has not been decided yet if we will adopt the system in 2019, but it is ready to go.

Therefore after taking into account the Australian delegation’s answer, we believe that the country will most likely launch a national selection in due course, probably in 2019.

A national selection would surely draw a lot of attention and would gear up a lot of excitement both here in Europe and in Australia. We must not forget that the Australian delegation has attended the Swedish Eurovision national finals Melodifestivalen in 2016 and 2017.

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.

2018 will see Australia’s 4th consecutive Eurovision participation, the country has yet again opted for an internal selection in order to select its Eurovision act and entry.