With less than one week until entries close for Australia‘s brand new national final, broadcaster SBS has issued a reminder, urging Australia’s songwriters to get their entries in. The broadcaster has also confirmed details of the three shows that will make up the national final.
Entries for Eurovision: Australia Decides close this Sunday, 4 November. And from the sound of things, entries have already been coming in to SBS. Commissioning Editor of Entertainment Josh Martin said, “Hundreds of songwriters across Australia have already submitted a diverse mix of songs – from pop to country, ballad to thrash metal, novelty to opera and everything in between.”
But SBS wants even more songs!
Paul Clarke, head of production house Blink TV, explains that, “We know a lot of songwriters and producers will be working down to the wire of the deadline next week. It’s worth saying that the song doesn’t have to be finished, it can just be a demo – but it must be in by November 4.”
Australia hasn’t made it easy on songwriters, announcing a surprise national final and giving songwriters just three weeks to get an entry in.
Deadlines have been an issue for songwriters in other countries. At Ireland’s Eurovision forum in 2017, songwriters said that broadcaster RTÉ did not give sufficient notice, meaning that they were already booked out with paying work and could not commit to Eurovision deadlines.
Danish songwriters, however, don’t have a problem with short deadlines. Since 2017, broadcaster DR will accept Eurovision entries all year round. There is an annual cut-off for entry into the upcoming DMGP, but if a songwriter misses that, their entry will get rolled over in the following year.
Australia’s three-week submission period echoes Sweden’s short 17-day period. However, Melodifestivalen is a long-standing annual event and songwriters often begin working on their Mello contributions months in advance.
But sometimes months aren’t needed to write song. As Lea Sirk explained at a press conference in Lisbon, she wrote the first version of “Hvala, ne!” in just minutes. The song went on to place 22nd in the Eurovision grand final.
Show dates for Eurovision: Australia Decides
SBS has already confirmed the grand final for Saturday 9 February 2019. But now the broadcaster has confirmed details of the two non-broadcast shows available to the public.
On Friday 8 February, the jury show will be held, where the national jury will watch the acts and vote for their favourites. The following day, the public will also be able to watch the afternoon rehearsal before the grand final later that night.
SBS says that ticket information will be available soon.
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