The Aussies are back! After coming in fifth place at their Eurovision debut in Vienna, Australian broadcaster SBS has confirmed that Australia will also make their debut at Junior Eurovision 2015.
Australia’s entry has been internally selected and the artist and their song be revealed on Friday. It’s thought that the song will be performed in English. This makes Australia – along with Malta – one of two countries able to perform in English.
Australia has been broadcasting Junior Eurovision since it began in 2003. In July, JESC confirmed that Australia had been officially invited to participate in the contest, following their invitation to perform at the grown-up version. This brings the total of participating countries up to 17.
SBS managing director Michael Ebeid told Junior Eurovision:
“We’re delighted to have secured another opportunity to showcase Australia’s amazing vocal and song-writing talent to the world, this time through an incredibly talented young artist. We look forward to giving Australian audiences a surprise second dose of Eurovision fun this year.”
Australians will be able to tune in to watch the show live from 3.30am on Sunday 22 November. However, unlike the ESC broadcast, this time televoting will not be used. We assume this is because there won’t be many Aussie kids awake at 3.30am to vote! Instead Australia’s vote will be made by jury vote alone.
Australia came second in the Wiwi Poll which asked which country you’d like to see debut at Eurovision 2015. 7.53% of voters wanted Australia, with Germany as the top choice.
Check out our three picks that Australia could send to JESC. Who do you think SBS will select for Australia’s debut?