In recent days Eurovision fans have wondered out loud whether the announcement of Eurovision Asia would lead Australia to withdraw from the original Eurovision Song Contest.
But on Thursday broadcaster SBS put that chatter on hold as they announced that Australia has been invited to participate at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.
Writing in a statement, SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “SBS is proud to secure Australia’s return as competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year, as the country’s unique affection and passion for Eurovision continues to grow.”
“In Guy, Dami and Isaiah, SBS has showcased the incredible talent of Australia’s musical performers on the world stage, and in turn, the wonderful diversity that makes up Australia today.”
“It’s also great to be welcoming back hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey after they perfectly captured the spirit of the contest in their debut this year. We’re looking forward to revealing more exciting news in the coming months.”
Myf and Joel, you’ll remember, also hosted the SBS special Eurovision Top 40 Songs earlier this year.
Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia has experienced remarkable success since first competing at Eurovision in 2015, securing three Top 10 finishes in a row.
Guy Sebastian announced their arrival with feel-good funk that landed him in fifth place, and Dami Im took things to another level a year later — winning the jury vote and coming second overall. That’s a tough act to follow. But Isaiah Firebrace still managed to come ninth in Kyiv.
“It’s wonderful that we’re back!” Paul Clarke, Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV, said in the statement.
“In the three years that we have competed in Eurovision we have achieved huge success, ranking second in the results overall behind Sweden. It’s an exciting challenge for us to find a competitor who can fly the flag high for Australia, and we can’t wait to begin that search.”
Unlike other nations at Eurovision, Australia must receive a special invitation from the host broadcaster in order to participate.
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