After 3 selections from the highly-anticipated and much lauded national selection Eurovision: Australia Decides, Australian broadcaster SBS has opted to internally select their act for Eurovision in 2023.
An SBS spokesperson told Australian publication TV Tonight,
“We are thrilled to confirm that Australia will once again compete in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest next year, with hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey at the helm. However, after three years of celebrating and working with local music artists through our Eurovision selection show, Eurovision: Australia Decides, we’ve made the difficult decision not to go ahead with the program in 2023.”
“Over the past few months, we have been exploring ways we could deliver the event to Australian audiences next year however, a variety of factors contributed to us coming to this decision.”
SBS has staged three national selections produced by the long time Creative Director of Eurovision Australia Paul Clarke and production company Blink TV, in partnership with Destination Gold Coast. In that time, we saw Australia become the new Melodifestivalen – with legendary performances that made news around the world, including a pole vaulting dementor, a literal car crash and a hauntingly beautiful burning dress, among other momentous memories.
It is currently not clear what factors contributed to SBS deciding for an internal selection. Eurovision: Australia Decides was notably absent in SBS’s upfronts for 2023, and it’s uncertain as to whether Destination Gold Coast was going to continue to sponsor the event, but it is understood that contract negotiations were taking place in recent weeks to continue the national selection.
Eurovision: Australia Decides saw Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Sheldon Riley all win and represent Australia to varying success at Eurovision. Prior to the national selection, SBS chose acts internally from 2015 – 2018.
The national selection also made household names of previously fringe acts, catapulting independent Australian artists like Electric Fields and Jaguar Jonze into the spotlight and Australian mainstream media. Jaguar, who participated in both 2020 and 2022 editions of the national selection, has already put her name in the ring to be internally selected in a very tongue-in-cheek tweet earlier today:
Details are yet to be revealed as to how Australia’s act for 2023 will be decided beyond the news of an internal selection.
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