We are still in shock that Australia is definitely, 100%, absolutely participating in the grand final of Eurovision 2015. Whilst we brush up on making sure we don’t get our ankle biters mixed up with our yabber, let’s have a look at the ins and outs of Australia’s participation this year.
Will Australia be in Eurovision for good?
No. The EBU have said that Australia’s participation is a one-time event and will not continue…unless, of course, they were to win the contest in 2015. If that were the case, Australia would be allowed to defend their title and the Australian broadcaster SBS would be in charge of the organisation. We will NOT be getting Sydney 2016, though, as the contest will still be held in a European city – so cruelly, we’ll get no time to go catch some rays on a beach! On the bright side, you won’t need to worry about getting a Eurovision beach body in time for the contest. Whew!
Why are Australia in the final?
Australia have received a “wildcard” in the grand final, which means that we will see 27 songs perform on the night. This means that they will not take a place from a country already placed in to a semi final. It’s safe to assume that Australia will randomly draw their half in the grand final at the same time as the Big Five and host nation.
Who is representing Australia?
At this point, we don’t know! Australia have until the 16th of March to submit their entry — the same as the other competing nations. SBS appear to have internally selected an act. Could Dami Im, who won our Australia Eurovision poll last year, be in the running?
How/When will Australia vote?
Australia have been given the special right to vote in BOTH the semi finals as well as the grand final. At this time, they will be using a 100% jury vote. However, plans are being made to give the Australian public a televote too.
Australia aren’t in Europe! Who let them in?
Okay, we get it – they don’t even go here and some of y’all have a lot of feelings. But Australia certainly have been dedicated to the Eurovision cause and their viewing figures have even eclipsed some of the competing nations over the past few years. The decision was made by EBU and ORF and passed through the EBU’s Reference Group, made up of former head of delegations and supervisors from all over Europe. This is a decision that would no doubt have been given serious though and a way to make the 60th anniversary year of Eurovision even more special. And after all – as Conchita Wurst said, “we are unity”. Let’s build those bridges and welcome Australia to our Eurovision family!
Read all of our Australia Eurovision news here.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)