Australia: SBS receives 700 entries for Eurovision 2019

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The Australian national broadcaster, SBS, has confirmed that it has received a total of 700 songs in its quest to search for the 2019 Australian entry.

Over 700 songs were submitted to the Eurovision – Australia Decides song portal during the three-week submission period. The Aussie broadcaster is thrilled that the range of songs submitted showcases the diversity and high-quality songwriting talent across Australia.

The special panel of judges has now completed the immense task of reviewing each entry, and the shortlisted songs are in the process of being matched with artists. SBS is expected to announce the names of the competing acts in due course, the broadcaster has hinted that some of the country’s most acclaimed artists might be in the line up.

The Aussies will be holding a national final for the very first time and are all set to find the winning formula for Tel Aviv.

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 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.

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.