Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has just announced via Twitter that Australia will compete in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest this year!
Australia was invited to join the competition by the EBU and the Austrian broadcaster ORF, according to this year’s theme Building Bridges, as a way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest.
“It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!” stated Jon Ola Sand.
Australia will be allowed to vote in both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final. Although yet not defined, several possibilites are being explored as to how to score the Australian points. As for now, a 50-50 televoting and jury combination is being considered.
As a result of the participation of Australia, this year a total of 27 countries will sing in the Grand Final set to take place in Vienna on May 23rd. If Australia was the winner, it would not be allowed to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest since the 2016 edition is set to take place in a European country. Latest rumors point at Germany as possible host in case Australia won the competition.
The deadline for Australia to reveal its entry has been set on March 16th.
Last year, Australia already took part of the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated in Denmark, Jessica Mauboy performed as guest during the interval act of the second Semi-Final.
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