Entries for Australia’s inaugural national selection Eurovision: Australia Decides closed in early November. Now, SBS has confirmed just how many songs were submitted for review — and we are mighty impressed!
The Australian broadcaster revealed on their website that over 700 songs were entered for review during the three-week entry period. Each song has been reviewed by a panel of judges, who have put together a shortlist of viable songs.
While the public have not yet been informed of which songs have made the shortlist, the broadcaster revealed that they are in the process of matching shortlisted songs with ‘high-calibre performers’ — all of whom will be revealed very soon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for The Veronicas or even Australia’s sweetheart, the long rumoured Delta Goodrem.
Last month, SBS Commissioning Editor of Entertainment Josh Martin spoke about the diversity of entries received, saying “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.”
It’s also worth noting that entries submitted were not necessarily the finished product. Producer of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke stated that everything from “demos to finished products” were submitted to the broadcaster — meaning that there may be some work yet to hone in the best song for the best singer.
Show dates for Eurovision: Australia Decides
SBS officially confirmed a move to a national final last month, marking a move away from selecting their artists internally as done in previous years. The event will be hosted on the Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city and recent host of the Australian television awards The Logies and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The event will be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, which has previously played host to the Gold Coast auditions for The X Factor Australia, as well as serving as the accredited media centre for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Only metres from Gold Coast’s stunning beaches, fans and performers will no doubt be able to soak up the sun and a mojito or two – a taste of what many Eurovision fans will be tasting at Eurovision next May in Tel Aviv.
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