Going into the contest tonight Australia may not be one of the favourites, but what would happen if Australia wins?
Before you start panicking and thinking it’s a long flight to get to Sydney next May, if Australia does win tonight we are not heading off down under for the contest next year. It has already been stated by the European Broadcasting Union that if Australia wins they must co-host the contest in Europe.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand confirmed last year to The Guardian newspaper that an agreement is already in place as to which country would co-host the contest in the event Australia wins.
So who exactly would be the co-host? It is widely expected that if Australia wins the 2018 contest will be held in Germany and co-hosted alongside the German broadcaster NDR. If NDR declines to host the back up broadcaster for the contest is believed to be the BBC in the United Kingdom.
Isaiah Firebrace will be representing Australia this year in Kyiv, with the song “Don’t Come Easy”. He has made a name for himself in Australia after winning the eighth season of Australia’s edition of the X Factor, despite only being 17 at the time. Following his win he released the eponymous album ‘Isaiah’, the primary single ‘It’s Gotta be You’ managed to chart in Denmark, The Netherlands, and Sweden as well as his native Australia. Isaiah Firebrace will sing “Don’t Come Easy”.
Checkout Isaiah’s performance from the first semi-final:
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Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. Australia has broadcast the contest since 1983 making it the country which watched the contest for the longest period of time before taking part in the contest. In 2016 Australia was represented by Dami Im with the song “Sound of Silence”. She brought Australia 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, she was just 23 points away from victory.