Australia is set to hold their first ever televised national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest with Eurovision – Australia Decides.
Eurovision – Australia Decides is set to take place on February 8 and 9 in Gold Coast. The selection show will take place over two days, with live performances broadcast on February 8 and 9, with a live voting show broadcast on February 9. The show is set to be hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, who have been Australia’s commentators at the contest since 2017.
SBS has made an open call for songwriters across Australia, of all ages and at all stages in their careers, to submit songs in to the Australian selection process. Songs can be uploaded from today until November 4 via an online portal.
Once the submissions window has closed, a number of songs from the selection will be shortlisted for the live shows. These songs will then be paired up with Australian singers who are to be revealed at a later date.
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.
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.