“It’s not with the UK”
Which European nation would SBS turn to if Australia ever won Eurovision?
If Dami Im had won Eurovision in 2016 SBS would have won the right to stage the next event in Europe with a European broadcaster.
But which nation does SBS favour?
“We’ve talked to a lot of different countries and I’m not allowed to say who the current deal is with,” Paul Clarke from Blink TV tells TV Tonight.
“But it’s not with the UK, I can say that.
“The great thing about Eurovision is that we’ve been supported at different times, by a lot of different countries. So initially, Germany really mentored us, then the Swedes, then the Austrians and Danes. We’ve tended to get support from Western Europe rather than Eastern Europe. But Eastern Europe still voted for us here and there.”
Josh Martin, SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation, said, “In the event, we are lucky enough for that to happen we would obviously announce plans in due course. But we do have arrangements in place for the country, which I’m not going to say.
“We’ve had arrangements with different countries but that sort of changes. Having said that, we’d love to host it in Australia. One, you’ve got to win it, but two, there’s some key challenges.”
Those challenges include not just the distance and expense of delegations travelling to Australia, but the time zone differences of staging an event locally to screen live in primetime in Europe.
“We continue to plan and dream that someday that could be the case. We are confident that we could actually do it.”
Martin was encouraged that former Eurovision boss Jon Ola Sand attending Eurovision: Australia Decides was a vote of confidence.
“Yes, it’s small scale, but it is pitching at how we could put on a Eurovision Song Contest in Australia or internationally. Jon Ola himself said, ‘You guys could do it.'”