As we ramp up the announcement of the host city for 2020 in the Netherlands, Australian broadcaster SBS have officially announced a return of their national final Eurovision: Australia Decides for early next year.
The event will take place again at the sunny Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 7 (preview show) and February 8 (Live Grand Final).
The Gold Coast, which is Australia’s sixth largest city, played host to this year’s national final (and provided a great beach backdrop for Australia’s burning summer heat). Tickets are on sale as of today, and are available here.
Australian Eurovision commentators Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst will return as hosts of the format, and will no doubt bring their electric chemistry and sass to stage.
Paul Clarke, the creative director and Head of Delegation for Australia’s delegation, has hinted of some tweaks to the selection show format and “some real surprises about who will be competing”. Will be we Sia-ing a big name like Sia, or maybe burning the house down with a 5SOS?
SBS Commissioning Editor for Entertainment Josh Martin reflected on last year’s show, and hinted 2020 will be bigger and better than what we’ve seen previously:
Following on from Kate Miller-Heidke’s history-making performance in 2019, I cannot wait to see who Australia will choose to represent us in 2020 and the first step on this journey is submitting a song. With a truly diverse and inclusive line up, the inaugural Eurovision – Australia Decides was a great success – and we want this one to be bigger and better than ever!”
Songwriters can upload their potential entries to the competition today. No doubt we’d expect hundreds of uploads as last year – and we may even see this year’s Eurovision entrant Kate Miller-Heidke enter as a seasoned music composer herself. No doubt she will have some involvement in the show this year.
Today’s announcement signals that the Australian delegation was pleased with this year’s change in selection format from internal selection to a national final – and no doubt they should. Previously working exclusively with music label Sony BMG and, more recently, working with songwriters DNA Songs from 2016 to 2018, Kate Miller-Heidke’s performance at last year’s national final wowed Australia and Europe, becoming a performance no doubt etched in Eurovision history books.
Will you be buying tickets for Australia Decides in 2020? Who would you like to see enter the contest down under? Let us know in the comments below!