Australia will compete in Eurovision 2015!
It has been announced today that Australia will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015!
The nation has an avid fan-base for the contest despite it being aired in the middle of the night down under. The decision to invite Australia was based on their successful interval act (Sea of Flags by Jessica Mauboy) in the 2014 edition of Eurovision. The extension of the invite to Australia also coincides with the theme for this year’s contest, ‘Building Bridges.‘ This means that a grand total of 40 countries will be represented in Vienna in May!
Michael Ebeid, who is the managing director of Australian national broadcaster, SBS, said, “We are very excited to have secured this historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and are honoured that the European Broadcasting Union has supported us to achieve this ambition. SBS has been broadcasting Eurovision for over 30 years and we have seen how Australians’ love of the song contest has grown during those years.”
Jon Ola Sand is also enthused by the prospect of Australia competing, “It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!”
Finally, Dr. Alexander Wrabetz, the director of ORF said, “The song contest has developed in its history to become the biggest TV entertainment event in the world. With the participation of Australia, together with our partners at the EBU and SBS, we have succeeded to lift it to a new global level and to build another bridge for the 60th anniversary. A bridge that spans the globe, starting from the heart of Europe.”
Australia will be allowed to vote in both semi-finals and the grand final via a professional jury and the ability for a 50% public televote to be orchestrated are being assessed.
If Australia were to win Eurovision in 2015, the next edition of the contest would have to be hosted in a European country with an EBU broadcaster in conjunction with SBS. Although Australia’s entry is intended to be a one-off, they would be allowed to compete as the reigning champion in 2016 if they were to win in Vienna.
The Australian representative has not yet been selected for Vienna, but this must be done in accordance with the EBU rules and the successful act must be presented by March 16.
Keep checking back for updates on the Australian entry for Eurovision 2015!