EXCLUSIVE: Australia is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon, Portugal next May with SBS commentators Myf Warhurst & Joel Creasey.
It marks the fourth year Australia will officially compete following entries with Guy Sebastian, Dami Im and Isaiah Firebrace -all of which finished in the Top 10.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “SBS is proud to secure Australia’s return as competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year, as the country’s unique affection and passion for Eurovision continues to grow.
“In Guy, Dami and Isaiah, SBS has showcased the incredible talent of Australia’s musical performers on the world stage, and in turn, the wonderful diversity that makes up Australia today.
“It’s also great to be welcoming back hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey after they perfectly captured the spirit of the contest in their debut this year. We’re looking forward to revealing more exciting news in the coming months.”
The event in May at Lisbon’s MEO Arena marks the first time Portugal will host the long-running contest, following Salvador Sobral’s win in Ukraine with “Amar pelos dois.”
Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said: “It’s wonderful that we’re back! In the three years that we have competed in Eurovision we have achieved huge success, ranking second in the results overall behind Sweden. It’s an exciting challenge for us to find a competitor who can fly the flag high for Australia, and we can’t wait to begin that search.”
SBS & Blink TV are currently in discussions with territory partners for the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, hoping to be staged in 2018.
With the good news of our inclusion in Lisbon, who would you like to see representing Australia?