Australia have secured their place in the Eurovision Song Contest until 2023.
Australian broadcaster SBS has revealed that they are eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for the next five years at least. The country had originally been invited to perform in the interval of the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, where Jessica Mauboy sang her song “Sea of Flags”. The following year, they entered as a competing country, placing 5th on their debut. Since then, they have entered every year, with their best placing coming from Dami Im and her song “Sound of Silence”, placing 2nd in the 2016 contest.
— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) February 12, 2019
Discussing the new deal, SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin said:
SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled by this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family. We will continue to showcase Australia’s amazing talent and diversity to hundreds of millions of people across Europe and the world. It highlights the power of music to bring people together – even from polar opposite sides of the globe. Thank you Europe!
This year was the first year that Australia opted for a national final to find their next Eurovision entry. Eurovision – Australia Decides was held last weekend, and was the most watched show broadcast by SBS since the World Cup in 2018.
Kate Miller-Heidke won Eurovision – Australia Decides with the song “Zero Gravity”. She topped both the jury and public vote scoring a total of 135 points, 21 points ahead of second place Electric Fields.
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.