The live TV spectacle is still several hours away. But those eager to get a taste of the Eurovision — Australia Decides experience don’t need to wait that long.
Earlier this afternoon, Australian broadcaster SBS uploaded all ten performances from the jury show of the inaugural Antipodean national selection. Unlike other contests, such as Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, they’ve posted full three-minute clips. This means you can see Sheppard’s LED hearts, Courtney Act’s latex-clad dancers and Kate Miller-Heidke mile-high dress in all their glory.
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019 Voting
The rehearsal footage isn’t merely to whet our appetites ahead of Saturday’s final. Its main purpose is actually to help viewers make up their minds when voting, because lines are already open.
Lines remain open through the night and will close during tomorrow’s live broadcast. Australian residents can make their voices heard by texting the relevant SMS numbers. A maximum of 20 votes can be cast per person. Full voting details can be found HERE.
Does the Eurovision – Australia Decides Running Order guarantee success?:
Running order is typically seen as highly important to a national final.
Where an act sings can determine their chances of overall success in the competition. In particular, acts singing later in the show tend to do better and are also often interpreted as being a broadcaster’s preferred choice for Eurovision.
With that in mind fan favourite Sheppard appear to be in a strong position in seventh. At the other hand of the spectrum Electric Fields – another fan favourite – face an uphill battle performing in second place. Famously, nobody has ever won Eurovision performing from that spot, however there have been upsets.
Estonia’s 2017 act Koit Toome & Laura performed second in their national final and still won Eesti Laul.
It should also be noted that the public vote will be open from 1am (AEDT). Voters will be able to watch and assess individual performance videos from today’s jury rehearsal, which may serve to neutralise the advantage of a preferential spot in the running order.
Eurovision – Australia Decides Running Order in Full:
- Ella Hooper – “Data Dust”
- Electric Fields – “2000 and Whatever”
- Mark Vincent – “This Is Not The End”
- Aydan – “Dust”
- Courtney Act – “Fight For Love”
- Leea Nanos – “Set Me Free”
- Sheppard – “On My Way”
- Alfie Arcuri – “To Myself”
- Kate Miller-Heidke – “Zero Gravity”
- Tania Doko – “Piece Of Me”
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