With only one week left until the submissions window for Eurovision – Australia Decides closes, SBS has revealed that there has been hundreds of submissions so far.
The submissions window for Australia’s Eurovision selection show will close on Sunday 4th November. SBS Commissioning Editor of Entertainmant, Josh Martin, has commented on the submissions:
“Hundreds of songwriters across Australia have already submitted a diverse mix of songs – from pop to country, ballad to thrash metal, novelty to opera and everything in between. There have been entries from famous songwriters and composers alongside unpublished and emerging songwriters – some as young as 12.”
Head of Delegation Paul Clarke said:
“We are looking for songs that will really touch the hearts of Europe. Come on Australia, we need drama, daring, and diversity. That’s what it takes to be noticed at Eurovision. We know a lot of songwriters and producers will be working down to the wire of the deadline next week. It’s worth saying that the song doesn’t have to be finished, it can just be a demo – but it must be in by November 4.”
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.
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.
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.