Eurovision party or Election party… Australian Eurovision fans are to use their voting powers twice in one weekend with a federal election announced for the 18 May, the same day as the Eurovision 2019 grand final.
Dedicated Australian Eurovision fans have already started planning their strategy to deal with the weekend’s double vote showdown. We suggest that our Australian friends cast their compulsory election vote in the morning, and then be free to kick start the Eurovision party. After all, we know the outcome of one of your votes will excite you more!
Fans on social media were quick to share their reaction to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of an election date clash.
— Kaitlyn Offer (@KaitlynOffer) April 10, 2019
— Jonathan Brown (JB) (@JB_AU) April 11, 2019
Scott Morrison calling an election for May 18 – #Eurovision day.
As if the gays needed any further excuses to hate him. #auspol
— Matt ? (@Matt_in_London) April 10, 2019
— Brad (@ESCBrad) April 11, 2019
— Fiona Caldarevic (@FionaMagic) April 11, 2019
Poll booths will close just before the grand final is due to commence. However, Australians heading to Israel for the event will have to submit a postal vote. With Australia hours ahead, the election results may not be confirmed when the grand final is broadcast locally, early on Sunday morning.
Fans and local media including Australian government broadcasters ABC and SBS have also suggested to combine the vote and vote Australian entrant Kate Miller-Heidke for PM (if only!).
"@kmillerheidke for Prime Minister!"
IF the election is called for May 18 (as is widely tipped) it will go up against the #Eurovision final.
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) April 10, 2019
— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) April 11, 2019
Australian voting power has never been so crucial and either way, it is going to be one dramatic weekend for Australian Eurovision fans eyeing both polls to see who will win their 12 points.