Eurovision.tv and SBS One have confirmed that Australia will be competing in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. It will be the first time ever that Australia will have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest after broadcasting the show for over 30 years.
It has been confirmed that Australia will be voting in both of the semi finals and the final, they are also working on ensuring that the Australian public will be able to vote. They will go straight into the final, meaning that 27 countries will be competing in the final.
ORF Director General Dr. Alexander Wrabetz said that:
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.
Michael Ebeid, Managing Director of broadcaster SBS, said that:
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.
Their participation in the contest is intended as a one off, however if they win the contest in 2015 then the contest will be held in another EBU member country in Europe and Australia will send a second artist to the contest.
Australia has not revealed how they will select their participant for the contest.