SBS CEO Michael Ebeid has hit back at comments by Eurovision historian John Kennedy O’Connor who told RN Breakfast, “I think the joke about Australia being in Eurovision is now over,” he said.
“There was enormous delight and welcoming when you came in as this once-off special guest. I think your welcome has now been rescinded and I don’t say that with any glee.”
He added, “I’m sorry. I thought, actually, she’d escaped from Wentworth and been let on stage. It was dreadful. She was describing herself in the media as Australia’s Beyonce. Clearly she’s never seen Beyonce.”
Ouch. So much for Europe sharin’ the love….
Luckily the people who matter in Europe all love having Aust in the competition and this crabby historian’s views are irrelevant on every level. Aust is proud of Jessica and her performance in what was a tough year and g8 competition. https://t.co/cFhbDGZFDv
— Michael Ebeid (@michaelebeid) May 14, 2018
Blink TV’s Paul Clarke who heads up the Australian delegation also defended Mauboy.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t score higher with the public vote, as by any standards Jessica was one of the best singers of the night,” he said. “I’m very proud of her, she couldn’t have represented us better, and I thank her for her generosity of spirit. In my eyes and the eyes of Australia she was a total winner, a total star”.