For years we had been overlooked because of our geographical location, but now it seems Australia will finally have a chance to compete against Europe’s weird and wonderful musicians.
No we haven’t been mistaken for Austria, as many quickly assumed when news first broke of our inclusion.
It seems we have Australian singer Jessica Mauboy to thank for the opportunity. Her stellar guest appearance in last year’s Eurovision extravaganza in Denmark led the European Broadcasting Union to extend an invitation.
But we still have to prove ourselves worthy, as Australia will be a one-off wild card entry in the final stage of the competition, according to the Eurovision website.
This will bring the number of countries competing in the song contest, to be held in Vienna in May, to 40. The song contest is set for it’ biggest year yet as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the competition, which attracts hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide.
SBS has confirmed the deal with the EBC and said the successful candidate to represent Australia would be selected and revealed soon.
Best of all, because Australia will be an official competitor, audience members with a +61 country code will be allowed to vote for the first time.
Now all that’s left to do is select a representative worthy of Eurovision stardom. Eurovision has launched plenty of careers over the years, the most famous being Abba who won in 1974 for Waterloo.
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