The affair started as a special invitation for Vienna in 2015, and the love has not stopped since.
The land of Guy Sebastian and Dami Im has always secured special invitations to participate in Eurovision – but today, the relations between Australian broadcaster SBS and the EBU rose to the next level. SBS and production partner Blink TV have secured Australia’s participation as a competitor at the Eurovision Song Contest for the next five years, all the way to 2023.
Paul Clarke, the Australian Head of Delegation, expressed his gratitude for the decision:
“This is a wonderful validation of what Australia has brought, and we say “Thank You Europe!” for their decision. It’s been 10 years since we first took a team to Eurovision, when it was just Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, myself and a cameraman. Since then SBS’s coverage has grown, and the Australian music artists and industry have completely risen to the exciting challenge. Australians have really fallen in love with the joy, and Eurovision has become part of the Australian entertainment calendar. Europe knows it can always expect great music and passion from Australia.”
The Executive Supervisor of Eurovision, Jon Ola Sand is elated with the agreement that was reached, ensuring Australia’s stay is more streamlined for the years to come:
“We are delighted that Australia has become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Family. The Australians have long been huge fans of the event with a great number of loyal viewers year on year and when they were invited to participate in the 60th anniversary edition of the Contest, we couldn’t have imagined quite how popular their artists would become.”
“It was a natural progression for us to agree to their inclusion as a participant for the next five years as they bring so much to the table and we very much look forward to welcoming them to Tel Aviv to perform, alongside the 41 other exciting participants in what’s sure to be a fantastic celebration of music.”
The five-year deal comes hot on the heels of Australia’s well-received first ever national selection, where Kate Miller-Heidke won the right to represent the land down under in Tel Aviv this May with her track, “Zero Gravity”.
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