Ever since Australia has become a regular competitor at Eurovision, fans down under have wondered if neighbouring New Zealand will also get an invite. Now things have taken a tiny step forward. European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström recently tweeted that New Zealand should be given “serious consideration” as a Eurovision competitor.
The tweet follows a speech Malmström recently gave in Australia, discussing the history of trade between Australia and the EU. And of course, the Swedish politician couldn’t resist mentioning Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest:
“But little did we know that the most important, momentous step in EU-Australian relations was still to come. A move that would prove controversial. Some questioned whether it was possible, let alone geographically justifiable. But three years on, they are proven wrong. I am, of course, referring to Australia’s admission to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. And it proved to be a success.”
The speech prompted a lighthearted tweet to the commissioner from New Zealand journalist Sam Sachdeva. He asked the EU Trade Commissioner, “The big question Cecilia @MalmstromEU is yet to answer during her NZ trip: is there a spot for us in Eurovision?”
Mälmstrom quickly responded, “I think we should give this done serious consideration.”
I think we should give this done serious consideration. ?
— Cecilia Malmström (@MalmstromEU) June 22, 2018
Getting to Eurovision would not be an easy path for New Zealand. Like Australian broadcaster SBS, national broadcaster Television New Zealand is an associate member of the EBU. This means that to participate at Eurovision, TVNZ would need to be invited as a special guest competitor.
But unlike Australia, Eurovision is not broadcast in New Zealand and it does not have the mainstream following that Eurovision has in Australia.
Who should sing?
Other suggestions included Maori-language thrash metal band Alien Weaponry, ’00s rapper Scribe, political rap group Upper Hutt Posse, lounge singer Wayne Anderson, and Australian Idol winner Stan Walker.
In August last year, a Television New Zealand spokesperson said they were interested in joining Eurovision Asia. However, no new information about the potential Asia-Pacific song contest has been confirmed and it is not known if it will still go ahead.
What do you think? Should New Zealand be invited to participate at Eurovision? Or should the EBU focus on Europe? Which New Zealand artist would you like to see perform at Eurovision? Share your thoughts below!