SBS has confirmed that Australia will once again compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the country taking part for the fourth time next May.
SBS has announced today that Australia will once again return to the Eurovision Song Contest stage as the contest travels to Lisbon, Portugal. Australia who debuted at the contest in 2015 and have never placed outside of the top ten, have one of the strongest records in the contest of any currently competing nation.
The Australian broadcaster has also confirmed that Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will return as the commentators for next years contest. Myf and Joel took over the role from Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang in 2017 after the two stepped away from the role.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid added,
SBS is proud to secure Australia’s return as competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year, as the country’s unique affection and passion for Eurovision continues to grow. In Guy, Dami and Isaiah, SBS has showcased the incredible talent of Australia’s musical performers on the world stage, and in turn, the wonderful diversity that makes up Australia today.
With Paul Clarke, the Head of Delegation for Australia stating,
It’s wonderful that we’re back! In the three years that we have competed in Eurovision we have achieved huge success, ranking second in the results overall behind Sweden. It’s an exciting challenge for us to find a competitor who can fly the flag high for Australia, and we can’t wait to begin that search.
In 2017 Isaiah Firebrace qualified for the Grand Final from the first semi-final with the song “Don’t Come Easy”. He however was saved from non-qualification by the the juries, with whom he finished 2nd with 139 points. The public in contrast placed him 15th on the televote with just 21 points. In the Grand Final, Australia finished fourth with the juries on 171 points, but received just 2 points from Denmark on the televote, this left them 9th overall with 173 points.
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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.