Australia return to 2019 Eurovision Song Contest amidst stalled Eurovision Asia plans

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Australia are back for another year, but SBS confirm to swich it up a little. (Photo Source EBU)

The country will make its sixth Eurovision appearance in Tel Aviv next year. 

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Australia is back for another year, but SBS confirm to switch it up a little. (Photo Source EBU)

Australian Eurovision fans can rejoice! This morning, director of the SBS Broadcaster, Michael Ebeid, confirmed it had its invitation extended to appear on the Eurovision Song Contest stage for the sixth time.

Since 2014, the country has been invited by the EBU and the hosting nation first as interval act, and since 2015 as a competitor, with four top ten finishes.

According to Wiwibloggs Ebeid has indicated the internal selection could be dropped in favour of a national final, with more details around the specific plans to be announced within the next month. The outgoing director of SBS does, however, stress, that whatever plans are to be announced, the representative will continue to be an established Australian artist.

With the announcement of a forthcoming Australian national final, SBS also confirmed it had reservations on organizing the much anticipated and forthcoming Eurovision Asia project.

In 2016, SBS was confirmed to have signed a deal with the EBU to develop and establish a song contest, based on Eurovision for the Asia-Pacific region. In the same interview, Ebeid deemed organizing ‘Eurovision Asia’ is “too geo-politically difficult”, with the broadcaster preferring at this moment in time to focus on their Eurovision participation, rather than organizing a new contest.

More plans on who gets to succeed last year’s entrant, Jessica Mauboy, will be unveiled in due course. Watch her entry, “We got love”, below.



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