Australia will be competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Outgoing Managing Director of SBS, the Australian national broadcaster, Michael Ebeid, confirmed that Australia would participate in 2019.
SBS will soon announce how the Australian representative for Tel Aviv will be chosen. Ebeid has suggested that a national selection may be organised for the first time ever:
“I would love to get Australians more involved in selecting our artist to represent us. We don’t have the money to do The Voice or Australia’s Got Talent, and it wouldn’t work with an emerging artist. But we are looking to do something a bit different with some experienced artists.”
All four previous Australian Eurovision representatives were internally selected and are all part of the Sony Music label.
“Every year we absolutely scour all the record labels. We actually came very close to going with Universal last year. But at the end of the day what I look for is best artist possible, and not the record label. Sony has just happened each year to put forward the best person possible,” Ebeid explained.
“It’s a hell of a lot of pressure and we’ve seen a lot of people freeze on stage when they get up there. There’s 14,000 people in the auditorium and 200 million at home. So you need someone with the experience to get out there and own the stage, with a machine behind them of choreographers, set designers, costume and a record label.”
Jessica Mauboy represented Australia this year in Lisbon with “We Got Love”. She finished 20th in the final with 99 points. This was the first time that Australia did not finish in the top 10 in the final.
Source: Tv Tonight
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster SBS has broadcast Eurovision in Australia since 1983. Australia’s best result to date came in 2016 Australia when Dami Im, with the song “Sound of Silence,” finished in 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, just 23 points away from victory.