In their two years competing at Eurovision, they’ve delivered two flawless performances and were the runner-up in Stockholm. Now the EBU has confirmed that Australia will be back for another year. But who will represent Australia at Eurovision 2017?
In a video statement, Eurovision boss Jon Ola Sand explained that Australia isn’t a permanent member yet. “This is a decision that is a done on a yearly basis by the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group … so we have full support for the choice of Australia. If they will be a permanent member in the future, we don’t know, but for sure they’re in next year, in Kyiv.”
Australia’s broadcaster SBS is still to make a comment on their 2017 participation, but given that Australia are such huge Eurovision fans, they’re no doubt thrilled to be back for another year. Likewise, Australia’s method of selection has not been confirmed, but it’s very likely that they will again use internal selection.
Jessica, Guy, Dami…?
In the past three years, Australia has looked to TV talent shows to select its acts. Guest performer Jessica Mauboy came to fame as the 2006 runner-up of Australian Idol, while Guy Sebastian won the first series of Idol in 2003. He is now in his fifth series as a judge on The X Factor. Dami Im is another X Factor alum, having won the series in 2013.
Last year there was great speculation that singer and The Voice coach Delta Goodrem would be Australia’s act for Stockholm, but that turned out to just be speculation.
This year, attention has turned to twin sister pop duo The Veronicas. Wiwibloggs has long thought the Veronicas would be a good choice for Australia and the duo themselves are keen. Let’s not forget this tweet from 2015, when the sisters declared that “Eurovision would be fun”:
— THE VERONICAS (@TheVeronicas) February 11, 2015
And they have a readymade single, with their new track “On Your Side”. While SBS would probably prefer a fresh song, it’s still proof that The Veronicas can deliver a Eurovision-suitable number.
But Australia is a big country and it has many other singers who’d be keen to head over to Kyiv. Check out our wishlist of some other big Aussie names we’d like to see at Eurovision, including Sia, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer and — of course — Kylie.
What do you think of Australia in Eurovision? Who would you like to see represent down under in Kyiv? Share your thoughts below!