Australia has confirmed that they will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
SBS has confirmed to ESCToday, that they will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands. The Australian broadcaster will be making their sixth appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
2020 is the first year that that SBS has not had to apply to the Reference Group to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest. SBS reached an agreement with the EBU ahead of this years contest that means that the broadcast is eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest until at least 2023.
Australia finished 9th at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, represented by Kate Miller-Heidke and the song “Zero Gravity”. The song had been among the favourites to win the contest by the time of the final, having been an outsider to win before rehearsals.
Who is Kate Miller-Heidke?
Kate Miller-Heidke is a 37-year-old singer, songwriter and actress from Brisbane. Her career began in the year 2000, where she played in a band for 3 years before going solo. Since then, she has feature in many performances on stage, releasing numerous albums and receiving awards along the way. At the beginning of 2019, she was selected to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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.