Australia is set to debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, bringing the number of competing countries to 17.
Australia’s debut means that this years competition in Sofia will be the second largest competition ever held and shows a real turn around for the competition in the last three years. Australia have both their singer and their song already completed and selected for the competition and both will be revealed on Friday. Australia will not be using televoting as the competition starts at 4:30 am, instead Australia will join San Marino in using 100% jury vote.
Executive Supervisor of the contest, Vladlislav Yakovlev said that:
With #discover as the slogan for this year’s contest, we are also thrilled to welcome newcomers Ireland and Australia. Australia is continuing its journey after the tremendous success of Guy Sebastian at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna earlier this year and is now supporting the future talent of their country. Junior Eurovision has always strived for inclusion and collaboration – having Australia as part of our event shows their commitment to celebrating young and future singing talent and we welcome them to our enthusiastic and growing international group of performers, delegates, media and team members.
Managing Director of SBS, Michael Ebeid added:
Eurovision is a landmark program for SBS and we’re so proud to be part of an event which brings people together to celebrate creativity and diversity through music. We’re delighted to have secured another opportunity to showcase Australia’s amazing vocal and song-writing talent to the world, this time through an incredibly talented young artist. We look forward to giving Australian audiences a surprise second dose of Eurovision fun this year.
The full list of competing countries for Junior Eurovision 2015 is as follows:
- Albania (RTSH) – Return
- Armenia (ARMTV)
- Australia (SBS) – Debut
- Belarus (BTRC)
- Bulgaria (BNT) – Host Country
- Georgia (GPB)
- Ireland (TG4) – Debut
- Italy (RAI)
- FYR Macedonia (MRT) – Return
- Malta (PBS)
- Montenegro (RTCG)
- Russia (RTR)
- San Marino (SMRTV)
- Serbia (RTS)
- Slovenia (RTVSLO)
- The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
- Ukraine (NTU)
With regards to other countries that had voiced an interest in participating, MTVA of Hungary will not debut this year due to restructuring at the channel, but are likely instead to participate in 2016. The EBU also continues to talk to members about participating in the contest including Croatia, Cyprus and Sweden who withdrew this year.