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.

How do you feel about Australia returning to an internal selection for their Eurovision act in 2023? Let us know in the comments below.



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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
17 days ago

Mixed feelings here. Sad for the show and those who worked on it, as I thought they gave it a good go. I have a feeling it might return in the future if there is enough demand; will see. My strongest non-winner memory? Didirri on the piano! 🙂
But yeah, Electric Fields obviously stands out.

paul
paul
17 days ago

with the exception of Dami Imm Austrailia have faled miserably at eurovision,and have brought little of substance to it

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago
Reply to  paul

Four top 10 results, two top 20 spots, and only one non- qualification is hardly a failure. It’s pretty good for a recently entered country. It’s one thing to not like their songs, but it’s pretty clear that you just hate Australia.

Faezdel
Faezdel
8 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

2017 would have been another non-qualification if it the result was decided only by the televote….

Faezdel
Faezdel
8 days ago
Reply to  Faezdel

That year they didn’t deserve a place in the Top 10 either. Only 2 points from the audience and the song was really boring, to say the least.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
19 days ago

It is unfortunate that we’ve lost a national final, But I wish whoever will represent Australia next year good luck.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
19 days ago

Dami Im said during Australia Decides 2020 that she was interested in returning to Eurovision. I would be happy if Dami Im was chosen for 2023 because I always like seeing former Eurovision contestants returning to the contest. However, it would be tough for her to match or exceed Sound of Silene.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
19 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

It would be very tough for Dami Im to return with a song that is equally great or greater than sound of silence, but it doesn’t mean she can’t try to go.

Admittedly I would prefer a completely new Australian representative, whether it’s someone we’ve seen compete in Australia decides before or a completely new name, But whoever it is in the end, let’s give them a chance.

tom
tom
18 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Australia is not San Marino … we cant have same artist every 2 year, lets bring new ones – even tho the song should be number 1 in this case and not WHO will be representing the country 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
18 days ago
Reply to  tom

I also would prefer a new name but whoever represents Australia in the end, we need to give them a chance and embrace with open arms

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
19 days ago

Jaguar Jonze or Voyager please !

Electric Field would be also interesting.

tom
tom
19 days ago

I need some Rabbit Hole! Jaguar needs to be at ESC 2023 and i feel like she will be! Soon

Polegend Godnova
19 days ago

after last year’s turd compilation, internal was the way to go for them. hopefully it’ll be something more than the typical campy pop song from them – they have a great music industry, but sbs seems to think of eurovision as one-dimensional.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
19 days ago

I think in Australia Decides, Australia suffers from the problem of having one of the most Eurovision-savvy voting publics picking the winning act. In theory, this is a good thing of course but the problem has been that they’ve picked “Eurovision-y” acts instead of the best song. Electric Fields was better than KMH…but she was literally singing opera while flying. In 2020, the televote wanted to send Casey Donovan with a bland song sang by a big voice and in 2022, again…a bland, non-song delivered in an overly-emotional way from Sheldon, got picked over obvious Eurovision televote success Voyager. For… Read more »

Jorevic
Jorevic
19 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Kylie?

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
19 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I absolutely agree with you !

Khwenk
Khwenk
19 days ago

Australia tends to pick big voices with boring songs. Kate Miller Heidke was the exception.

Ian
Ian
20 days ago

I mean, last year they could have chosen 2 potentially top 5 songs or a very public friendly song, so whilst I’m sad to see Australia Decides go, I’m not too sad.

Ian
Ian
20 days ago
Reply to  Ian

this year*

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
20 days ago

Whatever. Just pick the right song & the right artist.

Héctor
Héctor
20 days ago

They should be in talks with Electric Fields by now.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
20 days ago
Reply to  Héctor

I don’t know who’s going to represent Australia in the end, but I think we should all give them a chance regardless of who they are.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I’d like Kylie Minogue.

Mark
Mark
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Kylie has said that ESC is below her

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
18 days ago
Reply to  Mark

When? I mean it sound like something she would say but more diplomatic but still.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
20 days ago

I don’t like internal selection as holding national final always seemed to me more democratic and opportunity giving, but I didn’t like the way they voted and chose their entries for Eurovision. There was something wrong with that selection.

Mark
Mark
19 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

The ‘gay vote’ ruined it for everyone

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
19 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Nah, Sheldon Riley won because there was a disagreement between the jury and televote winner and he happened to ranked second in both categories and ended up the highest total.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Still better than Duncan Laurence in Tel Aviv…

tom
tom
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Not really but Its your opinion

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  tom

I was talking about the jury and televote results, he came third in the jury and second in the televote.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
18 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

There was no disagreement. Hthey got more votes than other people, aggregated between jury and public, just like eurovisin does.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
20 days ago

They were always choosing the gimmicks and the over-the-top stuff instead of the good options (Electric Fields, Jaguar Jonze, Didirri, Voyager) anyway, unfortunately.

lex
lex
20 days ago

i’m disappointed to see it go, as national finals usually give lesser known artists shots at growing an audience. i hope at least they release the artists considered in the internal selection like greece did last year

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
20 days ago

Now I hope for Dami Im or Jaguar Jonze

Gavin Brockwell
Gavin Brockwell
20 days ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo!

I have been introduced to some great songs and artists… and its not always the song that won that’s remained on my playlist.

Yush
Yush
20 days ago

Same. For me it is One Touch from Melodifestivalen 2021, which is still on my playlist

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
20 days ago
Reply to  Yush

On my Spotify account, I actually create two playlists Every Eurovision season, one for the actor your vision songs and another for national final songs that I really enjoy.

BlueZone
BlueZone
20 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Great minds think alike

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
20 days ago
Reply to  BlueZone

I admit, I’m a little behind on my Eurovision national 2022 playlist Because I want to go through alphabetical order the countries that use national finals (I’m stopped at Italee for now), But I hope to be a little more timely for 2023.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago

Australia Decides introduced me to Electric Fields, so I’m sad to see it go, and that the support for Australian arts is not there anymore.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I agree. We can have both, that contest is over.

Btzbtz
Btzbtz
20 days ago

I would not be surprised if they internally select Jaguar jonze now. She sounds willing and seems to have a good relationship with sbs

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
20 days ago
Reply to  Btzbtz

That would be my choice too for 2023, but Let’s wait and see. It could be somebody completely new that We’ve never had before. Whoever is chosen in the end, we should give them a chance.

Denis
Denis
20 days ago

So no more 3 hour shows for 10 songs, but two of those hours consisted of ads?

Toby
Toby
20 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Lol. So true. As an Australian watching it (or in the audience twice), it felt like it was always so stop/start because of huge gaps between songs.
They needed to keep the show moving; either more songs or (preferably) cut it back to 90 mins!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I never understood national finals that go on very long for such a small amount songs.

Jake
Jake
20 days ago

Australia’s track record is interesting as they’ve only technically had 2 songs that have been picked by the public–and Zero Gravity went on to do excellently with both jury and public, but Not the Same didn’t do so hot in the Final with the public…in fact, Australia is probably second to Sweden of overperforming with Jury and underperforming with public…maybe the gap between the two is actually greater than Sweden….Isaiah, Jessica and Sheldon all got single digits from the public in the final…in fact, of all their internal selections only the first two with Guy and Dami did well with… Read more »

Nikki
Nikki
20 days ago
Reply to  Jake

San Marino is quacking at the last part of your comment. I think they had Val at least twice before even hit five participations. Australia is Australia, there’s a section of the fandom and public who still doesn’t like that they are able to participate, hence why people not vote for them- Why vote for Australia when you can vote for your neighbour? And less now, when you think that their most probably hosting partner is the UK and they might not want to host twice in someone’s name in less than (insert time period here), so, why care for… Read more »

Una
Una
20 days ago

2016 and 2019 were fab. But Australia is getting too much support from the juries. Much better songs/performances could not make it to the GF because of this.

I get that they care a lot more than Germany for the contest, and that AzerBUYjan gets a lot of jury points too, however that much support is *ridiculous*.

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

2017 and 2018. The injustice of it all.

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

That live performance watched live was a *disaster*.

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

Jessica seemed to be enchanted with the dress. Decisions …

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

She was enchanted with the dress before the shows. She did seem very nervous while on stage.

Preuss
Preuss
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

You’re right. Jess is the kind of artist who can be amazing or poor depending on the momentum she’s got. After the bad reviews of the first rehearsal, she started struggling – which is not convenient if you’ve followed her career

Now this is Jess’ problem, but it’s too bad her own delegation let her down so badly because that staging was really bad

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  Preuss

Jess seemed to be a lovely person and very articulate in interviews, like all Aussie participants are (well, with the exception of one with a very foul mouth).

It’s always on the delegation. The broadcaster is the participant in the contest, they sign off (or are supposed to) on everything. I feel sorry for the artists when things turn bad for them.

Preuss
Preuss
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

Who’s the one with a foul mouth?

Una
Una
19 days ago
Reply to  Preuss

Not 2015-2019 or 2022 as per the interviews I have watched/read as well as a sort of award speech and some biographical references in first person.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

At least it was recycled for Hanna Ferm two years later.

Jofty
Jofty
20 days ago
Reply to  Una

Agree re 2017. But I thought both of Montaigne’s songs deserved a place in the final. In fact, 2021 probably my favourite Australian.

Nina
Nina
20 days ago

Dami Im 2023???!

Preuss
Preuss
20 days ago

I do really like the DNA songs, but they depend on being performed well on the night + a strong visual package, otherwise it will fall flat for the audience.

Leo
Leo
20 days ago
Reply to  Preuss

Don’t break me was in part with DNA. I was expecting Australia to send a novelty song to Liverpool until they scrapped You Decide. And the fact that Albanese, the new Pm, endorsed the 2015 TISM to Eurovision petition in 2018, a year before Iceland sent a similar act in music (in some cases) and aesthetic with a similar satirical leaning

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
20 days ago

Just send Alison Wonderland already!

Darren
Darren
20 days ago

2023 is their last guaranteed year of participating without being invited. While I’m sure that deal will be extended, I’d say they are just playing it safe and not spending a fortune vom what could be their last entry.

Doubt they’re withdrawing though and doubt the EBU isn’t going to renew the 5 year invitation.

Thallo
Thallo
20 days ago
Reply to  Darren

I think the EBU will grant Australia a permanent place at Eurovision in 2023.

There’s no way they’ll want to lose them, especially with the number of withdrawals this year.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I hope not. One country getting special treatment is not right.

gea
gea
20 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

The only time Australia had special treatment was in 2015 when they joined the contest.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  gea

That’s just not true. They’re the only associate member with an invitation. Ask Kazahkstan.

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Kazakhstan

Una
Una
20 days ago
Reply to  gea

No.

Jofty
Jofty
20 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

You are Swedish, right?!

Jonas
Jonas
20 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

Australia literally get special treatment, not whatever you are imagining about Sweden. They are the only ones not to have to pay membership fees, the only ones that never need to worry about hosting costs if they win, the only ones allowed to enter without being members.

Aeddon
Aeddon
20 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Sounds good!

Colin
Colin
20 days ago

I hope it’s not the last we’ll hear about Australia Decides, but taking is pause is perfectly fine, especially in a year in which we’ll get new selections, like the one from Belgium, or expansions from Croatia and Malta. I believe that this is a combination of saving money for staging and having a great artist already interested in participating. As stated below, I’d be so happy if it’s Jaguar Jonze. Her Little Fires is better and better each time I hear it.

Thallo
Thallo
20 days ago

Honestly, I’m not mad that Australia Decides is gone. In my opinion, the only iconic act they sent was Kate Miller-Heidke, everything else was simply okay. SBS is seriously underfunded so hopefully internally selecting will result in a better song/act/performance overall.

I’m hoping for a Dami Im return in 2023. I just know she has what it takes to win the entire thing with another pop ballad.

Terry
Terry
20 days ago

It’s because of money, but I do wish SBS is more willing to put effort into giving some publicity to the artist that gets chosen.

Preuss
Preuss
20 days ago

I think one of the reasons could be a lack of money to put forward a good staging without the artists having to fund it themselves. SBS used to rely on cash from Sony whenever they selected internally (all were from Sony) Where that money went in 2018; who knows, but 2015-2017 had expensive looking stagings despite 2017 not being executed the best way The NF happened as soon as 2019 because the HoD was tired of not getting their staging plans through and the tendency to lose momentum after the rehearsals, so it will be interesting to what happens… Read more »

Mark
Mark
20 days ago

It better be Jaguar Jonze who they internally select.

Mark
Mark
20 days ago

Let’s be honest, Australia Decides only created one good performance at ESC, it’s Kate Miller-Heidke.

Colin
Colin
20 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Yes, out of two ESC performances coming as a result of Australia Decides, KMH had a vastly superior one. Sheldon performed very well too, but his song is middling for me. Everything else either wasn’t selected via AD or didn’t have the opportunity to perform at ESC. I think that Don’t Break Me would’ve done well too.

Tylos
Tylos
20 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Montaigne also won AD – Feb 2020

Colin
Colin
20 days ago
Reply to  Tylos

Yes, but the winning song wasn’t performed *at ESC stage* because the show was cancelled due to pandemic. The OP referred to ”one good performance at ESC”. The song she performed at ESC 2021 was internally chosen. I think that her 2020 song would have performed better, but it’s just a theory.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
20 days ago
Reply to  Colin

I think with some Tweaking with the staging, Don’t break me probably would’ve done better for Australia in 2020 had the contest not been canceled, But will never know and it’s time to move on. Whoever does get chosen to represent Australia in 2023, we should all give them a chance whether it’s somebody we’ve gotten familiar with through Australia Decides, a completely new artist, or maybe even Someone who participated at Eurovision before.

visioneuro
visioneuro
19 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

They did release the “final” version of the staging for 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lp9E4h_5sY) and it was a huge improvement from the AD staging in my opinion