In recent weeks Australian broadcaster SBS has given Australians the chance to vote for their favourite songs of Eurovision 2020. On Saturday during primetime, hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey revealed the results and crowned a virtual winner.
Iceland’s Daði & Gagnamagnið were crowned the winners of Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! It’s not exactly surprising: They topped a similar vote in Sweden just the other night.
As SBS says, “the song became a viral sensation after winning Iceland’s national selection show Söngvakeppnin 2020, gathering more than seven million views on YouTube, and a personal endorsement from Oscar-winner Russell Crowe.”
Russian band Little Big placed second with their Latin-tinged song “Uno”. Lithuania’s The Roop came third with their inspirational song “On Fire” (along with those dance moves).
Australia’s “Eurovision 2020: Big Night In!”
SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said:
“Move over Bjork, Australians have voted Daði og Gagnamagnið as our new favourite Icelandic artists with a beautiful song honouring a parent’s love for a newborn. SBS is proud to have given Eurovision fans some sort of closure to this year’s contest and, although we’ll never know who might have won the song contest this year, Montaigne’s performance tonight was incredible. I have no doubt she would have done Australia proud and finished high on the leader board!”
Australians could not vote for Montaigne. They could, however, enjoy her spectacular stage show, which approximated what she would have done in Rotterdam (albeit in a much smaller studio rather than on the grand ESC stage).
“To bring a song to life on the Eurovision stage takes a lot of hard-working creative people, and though we don’t get the real stage, I’m grateful that we get to show off our baby — in which we are very proud — to the public. The core team at Blink TV & SBS did an amazing job of finding recruits who understood my niche interests (dungeons & dragons, fantasy, anime & animation) and could fuse that with the emotional content as well as a “popular” aesthetic. Now it’s back to the drawing board. I’m excited to cook up something fresh and new for 2021!”
Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! saw several stars from the world of Eurovision come together to cover Jessica Mauboy’s 2018 song “We Got Love”. Among the stars were Kate Miller-Heidke, Electric Fields, Courtney Act, Jack Vidgen, Jaguar Jonze, Isaiah, Ella Hooper and, of course, Jessica Mauboy. Alfie Arcuri covered Cyprus’ entry for Eurovision 2020, which he helped write.
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Australia’s #Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! featured special guest appearances from Eurovision royalty. Eurovision alumni banded together, virtually, for a rousing rendition of Jessica Mauboy’s 2018 Eurovision hit We Got Love featuring @katemillerheidke, @electricfields_music, @courtneyact, @jack.vidgen, @jaguarjonze, @isaiahmusicofficial, @ella_hooper Hooper and, of course, @jessicamauboy1 ?? ?? #sbseurovision #eurovision2020 #eurovisionsongcontest #sbseurovision #bignightin
The show finished with a clip from the Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) were seen performing their music video for “Volcano Man”. The clip was a world exclusive for SBS!
Behold: A first look at the Will Ferrell Netflix movie. Will they be the winners of #Eurovision 2020? ??
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) May 16, 2020