SBS has revealed that over 700 songs were submitted to the broadcaster to participate in Eurovision – Australia Decides.
Over 700 songs have been submitted to compete in Australia’s first televised selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster stated that the songs are in a variety of genres and styles. The broadcaster is now working to shortlist the songs that will take to the Gold Coast stage and compete to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
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.