Australia: SBS to announce act for Eurovision 2018 this Monday


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!