It’s the country who has already made a major impact in the three years they’ve been competing in Eurovision. Now the land down under is about to reveal their act for Eurovision 2018. Australia‘s broadcaster SBS will announce their act for Lisbon this coming Monday.

The December reveal is unprecedented for SBS. In previous years the Australian act for Eurovision — and their song — has been revealed in early March.

But it’s likely that Monday’s announcement will be for the artist only, with their song to be released later in 2018.

As previously reported, SBS has used internal selection to choose their artist for Lisbon. The possibility of a national final had been discussed, but SBS has again gone internal for budgetary reasons.

SBS released a teaser video, featuring commentators Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasy discussing the act for Lisbon. Joel whispers a suggestion to Myf, who responds, “Nah, you’ll never get them. Never.” This suggests SBS may have another big name lined up to represent Australia in Lisbon.

As always, speculation has run wild on who might represent Australia, including singer and Australian Idol participant Ricki-Lee Coulter. Last month, on an Instagram live feed, she expressed enthusiasm for doing Eurovision, telling fans, “Let me at it, is all I say. Let me at it!”

While earlier in the year, Australia’s 2014 singer Jessica Mauboy revealed she’d love to return to Eurovision one day.

So who will be the next participant for Australia be at Eurovision 2018? Will it be a female or male act? A duo? Or even a group? All will be revealed this Monday, 11 December.

Australia at Eurovision

Broadcaster SBS has regularly screened the Eurovision Song Contest since the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2014 that Australia made its first official appearance at Eurovision. Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy performed “Sea of Flags” as the interval act in the second semi-final in Copenhagen.

Australia made its competitive debut the following year. Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian made a splash in Vienna with the funky “Tonight Again”. It placed fifth in the grand final.

The following year, X Factor 2013 winner Dami Im deliver the power ballad “Sound of Silence”. It was a huge fan favourite and won its semi-final as well as topping the jury vote in the grand final. The song placed second overall.

And earlier this year, X Factor 2016 winner Isaiah Firebrace performed “Don’t Come Easy” in Kyiv. It was another hit with juries, and gave Australia its third consecutive top-ten finish, coming in ninth place.

So who do you think might represent Australia at Eurovision next year? Let us know in the comments section down under!

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Ray ray
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Hey Guys! its OFFICIAL – Jessica Mauboy will represent AUSTRALIA but this time as a contestant and not a Guest performer!!! She has had a whirlwind of experience since she appeared in Eurovsion years ago – SHE will be LIKED by Europe!!! Her voice LIVE is just BEYOND!!! As Dicko would say – BIG notes get the VOTES!

Mush
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OOoohhh, can’t wait. It’s today the Announcement happens, but I don’t know what time?

Ben Cook
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It won’t be The Veronicas – they have fallen out

H5rre
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Actually they’re fine now. They fell out a few months ago yes but all is good now.

Luke
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Guys – the word “them” especially in Australia can be used to refer to a singular person ie. I’ll go call them, I’ll get them, I saw them yesterday e.t.c.

There’s of course a chance that it could be a duo, but don’t rule out there being a solo artist as well.

I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!

H5rre
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If you listen carefully. z the lady says ‘them’ and the guy says ‘him’ clearly they’re doing a good job at keeping this secret and are trying not to give anything Way so we shouldn’t be liken ‘he said him, so it’s a guy’ well it’s not sure because the lady next to him also said ‘them’ meaning that it could be a group or a duo also. There’s so many big names in Australia that it could be anyone. I heard the whisper carefully tho and heard ‘The Veronicas’ 🙂

H5rre
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Please be The Veronica’s ?? I just have that feeling it will be them due to the fact that they have actually taken an interest in doing it

nacho
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Many signs pointing to Ricki-Lee: she followed eurovision account, graham norton, bcc eurovision and sbs on twitter in last few days- also said she’s working on something in the studio on instagram! check it out here 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvFR46Uh31Q

Murk
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I remember Ricki-Lee back from her days on the second season of Australian Idol. She was my favourite that year and I was shocked to see her voted out so early. I’m more of an alternative/indie kind of person, but considering her raw vocal talent I’d be content to see her have her day in the sun. Just give her something different and new. I can see her being paired off with Peking Duk as producers, an Australian electronic-dance duo, as it’s something that can be an interesting turn of events and something that could play to her strengths and… Read more »
H5rre
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The lady announcer tho said ‘them’ meaning that’s its more than just 1 person. Plus she isn’t that big of a name. Yes she may not be unknown but she’s not a big big name.

H5rre
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Really hope it’s not her. Australia would throw away their chances

12AM
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He says him or them, so is not a solo woman.

tez
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i bet its the veronicas. i would love to see delta do it.

AngieP
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So excited! Can’t wait!

Kimmie
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Hope they will choose a group finally.

beccaboo1212
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Hopefully Australia sends Bella Paige to Lisbon.

leK
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Speaking of Aussie: Anja’s new single is here: (leak) https://youtu.be/zfIrPj-eJKg

Az Paynter
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Not her new single, just an unreleased song that was left off her ‘Where I Am’ EP. It was leaked on Soundcloud by the original producers, MSquared Productions (Michael Paynter & Michael DeLorenzis).

They’re the same people who produced ‘Where I Am’ and the rest of the EP.

SonnaP
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are you like a michael paynter superfan 😛

Étoile
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“The December reveal is unprecedented for SBS. In previous years the Australian act for Eurovision — and their song — has been revealed in early March.” It’s actually quite logical, now they are participating with us since 3 years (ESC) and 2 years (Junior) and the fact that next year few countries will do an internal selection “force them” to communicate more. I hope a good choice with personality because except Guy the others entries were to cold without emotion for me. I hope it’ll be diiferent than Isaiah’s song that I disliked. Good luck.

Polegend Godgarina
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They’re in it to win it, I’m sure they’ll choose someone willing and able to bring the trophy down south.

L'oiseau
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So much for melfest Australian style…

fastfoodmusiclover
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australia seems very eager to show their cultural diversity i bet their chosen act won’t be a white man/woman.

Polegend Godgarina
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Paulini then? She’s a Pacific Islander.

kvo
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Paulini might be going to jail lmao

Troy
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SBS is essentially the national multilingual/multicultural TV channel but I agree it makes it seem like we are trying to prove something.

rira
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Well you got that right… Jessica Mauboy is of Australian Aboriginal and Indonesian descent

ninasublatti
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ummmm why is australia in eurovision the last time i had geography lessons australia was surely not in europe ?????

Coco
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Last time I had a geography lesson Israel wasn’t in Europe either, but no one’s complaining about them

Frisian esc
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Boii you must be new. I’ve seen lots of people complaining about israel over the years.

Jo
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Lame.

James
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Because Australia, as an associate member of the EBU, has been invited to take part.

Besides, for a full EBU member to participate in any Eurovision event, the prospective broadcaster has to be based within the broadcasting area of the EBU, which comprises of all of Europe, Asia Minor, the Caucasus region (which include’s Nina Sublatti’s home country), Russia west of the Ural Mountains, majority of Southwest Asia (including Iraq), and much of North Africa.

Real Winner
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I’m pretty sure Armenia is also not part of Europe. Geographically Cyprus is part of Asia (but not culturally), and there are many other countries that are eligible to participate from the middle east, but they choose not to for political reasons. It amazes me that at the end of 2017, there are still dumbasses that don’t understand how Eurovision works and ask this question again, and again, and again.

ninasublatti
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but the european song contest competition is for EUROPEAN countries !!

Frisian esc
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Then why you named yourself after nina sublatti from georgia asia?

Troy
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Burn.

Andi
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Georgia is in europe and a member in the Council of Europe such as a small part of Kazakhstan!

Jo
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1. Australia isn’t Europe.
2. Neither is Israel.
3. Oooohhh what about Armenia and Azerbaijan?
4. Talking about culture.
5. Rinse.
6. Repeat.

Jessica21
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why don’t you just enjoy the songs in the song contest that you’re following (as I see)?? why is it so important whether the country is european or not? They are going to participate for the FOURTH time already, are you from Mars or what? Also Australia is not the only non-european country in Eurovision. Both Armenia and Israel have NO land in Europe.

Ian Gallagher
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@ninasublatti to your surprise Israel and Armenia also have nothing to do with Europe, neither geographically nor culturally. But both of these countries have been participating in Eurovision for years. Plus this is also not the first time that Australia participates in the contest as well.

12AM
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Armenia and Australia are Christians. You like it or not, this is very important.

Jak
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Israel has nothing to do with Europe?
Dear boy, three million people in Israel are of the Ashkenazi descent, who immigrated there after the Holocaust.
They are very well tied with Europe, genetically, culturally and historically. Boom.

Paul
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Surely the “them” is so there’s no gender assigned to the personal it’s more ambiguous as to who it is?

NickC
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Them = Veronicas

NickC
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I can actually hear Veronicas in his whisper. Listen carefully, and you will too.

eurovision6
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The Veronicas would be amazing and id agree with the girl and say there is no way although they have hinted at Eurovision a few times the last couple of years.

Charli Cheer Up
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I read somewhere that it might be Alfie Arcuri?

ImFromRomania
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From 2015 i hope for Delta Goodrem , but unfortunately seems unlikely again this year to be her.

Charli Cheer Up
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I doubt it. She already turned it down in 2016 that’s why Dami Im had to be immediately asked if she would want to do it. That’s why its best if we just don’t mention her ungratefulness here.

James
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James Reid

olvr20
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As long as Australia won’t win idc.

Qwerty
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Piss off!

Heather
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Hoping for Anthony Callea

ZMG
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Me too! 🙂

Jaccobabe
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Me three! He so yummi.

Ray ray
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But is Anthony Callea fro SONY records? They only choose those artists who are signed to SONY Australia!

EscAU
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If it’s another x factor unknown like cyrus i’m gonna be disappointed 😛

Mako
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”Them” for a duo or group and ”him” for the aussie HoD Paul Clarke ? :p

Mako
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I mean – Joel wiil text ”him” (Clarke) to suggest ”them” as the next australian acts to choose for 2018 :p

Robyn Gallagher
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Ooh, I like this theory! 😀 The thing to remember though, it is a comedy skit. It’s not cam footage from a high-level SBS meeting, so what they’re saying is fake banter for the promo video.

Mako
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In fact, Joel really said ”I’ll text THEM”. It is subheaded in the video shared by SBS Australia xP Then, we can suppose that the next aussie act will be a duet or a group. But as you said, it could be a fake banter from Joel 😉

Mako
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*SBS Australia’s Facebook page
ps : I personnally would like to see Jess Mauboy in Portugal next year … or the Veronicas 😉

Alex
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It’s also going to be a guy as Joel says, “I’ll text him” at the end.

Robyn Gallagher
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Yeah, Myf definitely says “them”, but Joel’s line sounds a lot more like “him” than “’em”. Is it just sloppy diction or did he reveal too much?

HBau
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This might be a slight difference between the Kiwi and Aussie accents at work, but it’s more “I’ll text’m” as in ‘them’ than “I’ll text’m” as in ‘him’.

ZMG
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It could be either “(th)em” or “(h)im to my ears (I’m an Aussie) – I guess we won’t resolve the ambiguity until Monday!

Alexis
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The video is subtitled on the SBS twitter and it is clearly written “them”