It’s the new national final on the block that has taken inspiration from Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. Now Australia‘s broadcaster SBS has confirmed that Swedish Eurovision star Måns Zelmerlöw will be coming down under to perform at the grand final of Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020.
The “Heroes” singer has been booked to make an appearance in Australia’s grand final on 8 February. He will both take to the stage to perform and also serve on the show’s expert jury.
Talking to SBS, Måns was bursting with enthusiasm, saying: “I’m so excited to come back to my favourite country to perform, and to be a guest judge on the National Eurovision selection show! Australia has sent great songs ever since they joined the Eurovision Song Contest and I think 2020 could be THE year. I might sing a line or two from my winning song from 2015 and from my newest single, “Walk with Me”, featuring the wonderful Dami Im. Can’t wait to see you all!”
As well as performances from Måns and Dami, 2019 champion Kate Miller-Heidke will return to the Australia Decides stage to reprise her winning track.
This won’t be the first time Måns has headed down under. In 2016 he made an appearance at the Australian Open. The avid tennis fan performed at the event and enjoyed being amid all the sporting action.
Jon Ola Sand also heads down under
Also making an appearance at Australia Decides as a special guest (although not as a jury member) will be outgoing Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand. Making the most of his last months in the job, Jon Ola told SBS, “I’m very happy to be down under and a part of Australia Decides this year. Since first taking part in 2015, SBS has made a huge contribution to the success of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their excellent national selection show, which showcases the country’s best singing talent, underscores SBS and Australia’s place as valued members of the Eurovision family.”
Måns and the rest of the expert jury will help decide who Australia will send to Rotterdam. Casey Donovan, Diana Rouvas, Didirri, iOTA, Jack Vidgen, Jaguar Jonze, Jordan-Ravi, Mitch Tambo, Montaigne and Vanessa Amorosi will compete to follow Kate Miller-Heidke to Eurovision.
The grand final of Eurovision: Australia Decides will be held on Saturday 8 February at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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