Eurovision – Australia Decides will return for its second year in 2020.
Australian broadcaster SBS has revealed that they will use Eurovision – Australia Decides once again next year to select their next Eurovision entry. The show will be held in Gold Coast, Australia at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February 2020, the latter being the final live show. Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst will once again host the national final.
SBS Commissioning Editor for Entertainment Josh Martin said:
“Following on from Kate Miller-Heidke’s history-making performance in 2019, I cannot wait to see who Australia will choose to represent us in 2020 and the first step on this journey is submitting a song. With a truly diverse and inclusive line up, the inaugural Eurovision – Australia Decides was a great success – and we want this one to be bigger and better than ever!”
The broadcaster has now opened the submissions window for all interested songwriters and composers, and will close on September 30th 2019. Applications are to be sent here. The songs will shortlisted and revealed later this year, alongside the ten artists vying to represent their country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. The winner of the show will be decided by both the Australian public and a jury.
Tickets are now available to purchase here.
The show was first used this year to select their Eurovision entry, after they opted for internal selections in previous years. The national final was the most watched show broadcast by SBS since the World Cup in 2018, and saw the channel almost double it’s normal viewing share.
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.