The news is finally official! SBS has today officially announced its viewers are to pick Australia‘s next Eurovision entrant.
The broadcaster is collaborating together with Eurovision partner Blink productions to bring Eurovision: Australia Decides onto Australian viewers tv screens next year. The show is to take place in Australia’s sixth largest city, Gold Coast.
The announcement has since been uploaded to all social media with the following video
Original Songwriters wanted
A few weeks back, outgoing SBS director Michael Ebeid, confirmed plans were in the making to step away from an internal selection. While full details are still to be unveiled, SBS is turning its attention to all aspiring, Australian songwriters, inviting them to submit songs.
Australian Head of Delegation, Paul Clarke explained to Australia’s Fairfax Media the reason behind the change.
We’re hoping to uncover songwriters that have not yet found their way into the spotlight. We really want to champion songwriters and we’re very proud this is a competition which is about original songwriting.
Australia’s Eurovision entries have, all but its debut in 2015, been written by the songwriter’s duo DNA (Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci). Their best result was in 2016 when Dami Im‘s finished 2nd with Sound of Silence in Stockholm. Dami was also present today at the official launch, performing an acoustic version of her entry.
Those interested can submit entries until November 4 via its Eurovision website.
After November 4, SBS will shortlist the best songs and pair those with established Australian artists. Full details on who those artists are will be unveiled in due course. What we do know is that the winner will be determined by a mix of jury and TV audience. Eurovision: Australia Decides is scheduled for February 9.
The winner will represent Australia in Tel Aviv, Israel.