There’s now less than a month before Guy Sebastian appears in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as Australia competes for the very first time.
Also for the first time SBS will broadcast both semi-finals and the Grand Final live to air from 5am on Wednesday May 20, Friday May 22 and Sunday May 24.
All will have primetime screenings in their traditional Friday (May 22), Saturday (May 23) and Sunday (May 24) timeslots at 7:30pm.
Details about how Australia votes will be released in early May while the Australian Jury will be revealed on May 1.
Hosting the presentation once more are Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, direct from Vienna, Austria.
SBS also screens Eurovision’s Greatest Hits on Thursday May 21, hosted by Graham Norton and Petra Mede. Filmed at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith this special concert that celebrates the ￼￼60th anniversary of Eurovision features some of the contest’s most iconic songs performed by their original artists.
The Feed will also have an after party on Monday May 25.
Eurovision Song Contest
Semi Final 1 – Friday May 22 at 7.30pm on SBS ONE Semi Final 2 – Saturday May 23 at 7.30pm on SBS ONE Grand Final – Sunday May 24 at 7.30pm on SBS ONE.
Hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, our very own wind machine experts, key change connoisseurs and Team Guy ambassadors, will be on the ground in Vienna ready to report on all the action from this year’s contest.
SBS’s exclusive coverage gives fans across Australia a chance to get involved with the contest and back
their favourite performers, incorporating audience tweets, Facebook comments, and voting trends from the SBS Eurovision website using the hashtag #SBSeurovision.
There are 40 countries competing for glory in the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, and last year’s winner the one and only Conchita Wurst will be back to perform and host the green room.
However it is the Australian performance that is going to have Europeans glad they invited us into the competition because one thing is for sure Guy Sebastian singing Tonight Again is going to raise the roof off Wiener Stadthalle and send schnitzels and strudels flying. He’s already made quite the impression performing the song at Eurovision in Concert at Amsterdam.
While there is no denying Guy’s performance will be a highlight it is by no means all that audiences have to look forward to. Guy is not the only Australian competing in the contest this year. Armenia have embraced this year’s theme Building Bridges forming a supergroup with singers from five continents including Australian Mary-Jean O’Doherty an international coloratura soprano of Armeni- an ancestry.
The semi-finals are full of surprises with a real variety of musical styles; Belgium have a jam with Rhythm Inside, Slovenian singer Maraaya is doing her bit to make air violin a thing, and with her catchy pop song Here for You it may just take off. The Finnish entry Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) made up of four middle-aged, mentally handicapped men are bringing punk back to the Eurovision stage, and we can only live in hope that Belarus bring the giant hourglass prop from their film clip to Vienna for their pop ballad Time. After winning the contest in 2012, Sweden are strong contenders again this year with their artist Mans Zelmerlow and his song, Heroes.
The Big seven countries straight through to the Grand Final this year are a real mixed bag. The Austrians are not resting on their laurels with the The Makemakes a slick local rock band with their catchy tune I am Yours, both France and Spain have big in language power ballads, Ann Sophie from Germany will get the crowd going with her up tempo pop rock number Black Smoke, the Italians aren’t taking any chances with popular Italian pop opera trio Il Volo, and The UK are delivering something a little different with electro pop sounding Still in Love with You by Electro Velvet.
Eurovision’s Greatest Hits
Thursday May 21 at 8.30pm on SBS ONE
Graham Norton and Eurovision 2013 presenter Petra Mede host a special concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest with show stopping performances from some of Eurovision’s greatest acts of all time.
London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith is the venue for this official anniversary event, which features some of the contest’s most iconic songs performed by their original artists, including Brotherhood of Man, Johnny Logan, Dana International, Lordi and reigning winner Conchita. Arguably the contest’s most iconic interval act, Riverdance who, led by Irish dance champions Michael Flatley and Jean Butler stole the 1994 Eurovision show, make an appearance too. Other winners amongst the 15 performers from 13 countries include Nicole, Loreen, Herreys, Dima Bilan, the Olsen Brothers, Anne-Marie David, Bobbysocks and Emmelie de Forest.
Rosa Lopez performs a medley of some of Spain’s best Eurovision entries, while Natasha St-Pier represents France with one of the country’s biggest Eurovision hits, Je N’ai Que Mon Ame. Eurovision’s Greatest Hits is the perfect start to SBS’s Eurovision weekend.
The Glitter and the Glory – The Feed’s Eurovision After Party
Monday May 25 at 6:30pm on SBS 2
The Glitter and the Glory – The Feed’s Eurovision After Party will dissect, poke, giggle and celebrate the top ten moments from the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest final.
Hosted by Marc Fennell and Jeannette Francis, with special guest panellists The Feed’s Eurovision After Party will be the ultimate Eurovision recovery for every fan not yet ready for Eurovision to be over, or those who missed it all together and were left wondering what the fuss was about.