Australia’s first national final takes place on February 9th. And the winner of Eurovision – Australia Decides will be chosen by a 50/50 split between the public vote and a jury composed of various music industry representatives and experts.
Now, we have the names of the jury, which include some faces you’ll find familiar.
The expert panel will contain five people; starting with Melodifestivalen and Eurovision producer, Christer Bjorkman. The Swedish stalwart is no stranger to being part of a jury in other national finals, just weeks ago he was part of the jury for the second semi-final of Destination Eurovision in France.
Joining him is the Blink TV director and Head of Delegation for Australia at Eurovision, Paul Clarke. He has led the Australian delegation since day one, when Guy Sebastian debuted in Vienna.
Other members include Josh Martin, the Commissioning Editor of SBS entertainment, who has worked for large production companies in Australia for over twenty years; Fifa Riccobono, former recording industry executive and CEO of Alberts Music, considered to be the first female CEO in Australian music history, and Milly Petriella, Artist Service director of the Australasian Performing Rights Association.
This is Australia’s first ever national final, and with judges of such calibre, they want to make a statement: They are here to play.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place at Gold Coast, where ten acts will face off in a spectacular final, where one will win the coveted ticket for the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
The winning artist will then compete in the second-half of semi-final 1 on May 14.
What do you think? Are you ready to check out the first ever Australian national selection? Who is your favourite to win and see make the journey to Tel Aviv? Let us know in the comments below!