THE Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is almost here, but why is Australia competing? And what happens if their act wins?
The most flashy and glamorous song event of the year is almost here.
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Israel on Saturday, May 18.
The competition will see 26 counties perform songs in a bid to win the most points.
As it is the Eurovision Song Contest, it’s no surprise that most of the entries are from the continent.
But one may have you scratching your head – Australia.
This will be the fifth year Australia has competed in the song contest.
Despite not being a part of Europe, Australia has taken part in the competition since 2015.
They first entered as a one-off with Guy Sebastian to celebrate the contest’s 60th birthday.
The theme of the show for that year was “Building Bridges”, so inviting the country was quite apt.
it’s no surprise that most of the entries are from the continent.
Why is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest?
Australia is allowed to participate in Eurovision largely due to the popularity of the contest in the country.
Eurovision has been broadcast in the country for more than three decades, attracting enormous figures.
Australia impressed with their efforts in 2015, and were invited to return the next year.
After that it was up for consideration on a year by year basis.
“SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled at this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family”
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Commissioning Editor Josh Martin
In 2018 Eurovision was reached by more than 2.9 million Australians.
Earlier in the year it was revealed Australia has secured a place in Eurovision until 2023.
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Commissioning Editor Josh Martin said: “SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled at this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family.
“We will continue to showcase Australia’s amazing talent and diversity to hundreds of millions of people across Europe and the world.
“It highlights the power of music to bring people together – even from polar opposite sides of the globe. Thank you Europe!”
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of Eurovision, explained the decision further: “The Australians have long been huge fans of the event with a great number of loyal viewers year on year and when they were invited to participate in the 60th anniversary edition of the contest, we couldn’t have imagined quite how popular their artists would become.
“It was a natural progression for us to agree to their inclusion as a participant for the next five years as they bring so much to the table and we very much look forward to welcoming them to Tel Aviv to perform, alongside the 41 other exciting participants in what’s sure to be a fantastic celebration of music.”
What would happen if Australia won Eurovision?
Because the winner of Eurovision hosts the competition the next year, many have wondered what would happen if Australia win.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed Australia would not host the event in the southern hemisphere if they win.
Instead they would co-host the country within the EBU.
It was also confirmed Germany would be the first choice to host, and if they decline it would be the UK.