It’s the new national final that is heading into third edition. Australian broadcaster SBS has confirmed that the 2022 edition of Eurovision – Australia Decides will go ahead next year. The broadcaster has officially opened song applications for the national final that will select Australia’s entry for Eurovision 2022.
SBS today released details of Australia Decides 2022. The show will again take place on Queensland’s Gold Coast. City mayor Tom Tate excitedly said, “If there is one event that shouts ‘Gold Coast’ it is Eurovision – Australia Decides. Like Eurovision, we are bold, unapologetic and famous for fun. I am delighted that [it’s] back.”
The broadcaster confirmed that the national final would consist of ten competing acts, all with original songs. The show will again be hosted by Australia’s Eurovision commentators Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst.
Ten performances. Ten original songs. One winner.@MyfWarhurst and @JoelCreasey return in 2022 to host #Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast.
Who will be next to represent Australia at @Eurovision? ??#SBSEurovision #AusDecides pic.twitter.com/QNeSeSYufK
— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) August 26, 2021
Australia Decides 2022 is due to take place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February. The Friday show is the dress rehearsal, while the televised live show is on the Saturday. SBS says details of tickets will be available soon.
Queensland currently has some pandemic restrictions in place regarding live events. Indoor venues with fixed seating assigned by ticketed allocations can currently be filled to 100% capacity, while venues without fixed seating can only have one person per two metres. This suggests that a Melodifestivalen-style all-seated audience may be necessary.
While the venue for the 2022 edition of the national final has not yet been announced, the previous two editions were held in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, an indoor venue. The previous shows had a standing audience area near the stage front.
SBS opens search for songs
With details of the national final confirmed, SBS has also launched a search for songs. The broadcaster has confirmed that it will internally select artists and match them with songs.
Australia Decides Creative Director — and former Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke said, “We’ve got some very exciting artists to announce shortly, but first we need songs! It’s an opportunity for all our songwriters to showcase their best and boldest – please send your songs to the SBS song portal.”
Song applications are open until 26 September. SBS has no restrictions on the number of songs that can be submitted.
While none of the competing performers are known at this stage, during Australia Decides 2020, Australia’s Eurovision 2016 star Dami Im expressed interest at returning to the national final in 2021. However, a 2021 edition of Australia Decides was not held and Dami later released her potential entry, “Paper Dragon”. It is not known if Dami plans to enter the 2022 edition.
Australia at Eurovision
Australia debuted at Eurovision 2015 and for its first four years, SBS internally selected their Eurovision act. While Australia’s initial entry had proved popular, it began to struggle, especially with the televote.
In 2019, the broadcaster introduced the national final Eurovision – Australia Decides. The winner of the first edition was Kate Miller-Heidke with her song “Zero Gravity”. The song proved to be a big fan favourite, won its semi-final and placed ninth overall in the Eurovision 2019 grand final.
The following year, Montaigne won the second edition of Australia Decides with “Don’t Break Me”. After Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, she was internally selected by SBS to return in 2021 and competed with the internally selected song “Technicolour”.
Due to pandemic precautions, the Australian delegation chose not to travel to Rotterdam and instead competed remotely. Sadly “Technicolour” placed 14th in its semi-final, making Australia’s first non-qualifying entry.
What do you think? Which Australian singers would you like to see competing in Australia Decides 2022? What kind of songs would you like to hear performed in the national final? Tell us your thoughts below!