Australia debuted at Eurovision at no cost to the taxpayers
As a special anniversary guest, Australia made its debut entry in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest this year.
It has been revealed that the cost of their participation did not fall to the taxpayer, but was instead handled by a private entity.
According to Michael Ebeid, the head of Australian broadcaster SBS, the record company Sony Australia picked up the bill for Guy Sebastian’s Eurovision participation.
The record company paid for the EBU participation fee and the expenses of sending the Australian delegation of five to Vienna, leaving the Australian participation with no impact on the taxpayers.
According to Ebeid, the broadcaster is now lobbying for more Australian performers to appear at future contests.
Australia made its debut entry in Eurovision with Guy Sebastian and his song, Tonight Again. The nation came 5th in a field of 27 with 196 points, receiving 12 points from Sweden and host country Austria.