SBS not proceeding with Eurovision: Australia Decides in 2023
SBS will revert to choosing Australia's official Eurovision act through an internal process.
SBS will not be proceeding with Eurovision: Australia Decides in 2023 and will instead return to an internal selecion process for an Australian act to perform in Liverpool next May.
An SBS spokesperson told TV Tonight, “We are thrilled to confirm that Australia will once again compete in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest next year, with hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey at the helm. However, after three years of celebrating and working with local music artists through our Eurovision selection show, Eurovision: Australia Decides, we’ve made the difficult decision not to go ahead with the program in 2023.”
SBS has staged three Eurovision: Australia Decides produced by Blink TV on the Gold Coast, with Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Sheldon Riley all winning, but also chose acts internally from 2015 – 2018.
TV Tonight understands recent contract negotations prevented the event’s inclusion at SBS Upfronts two weeks ago.
“Over the past few months, we have been exploring ways we could deliver the event to Australian audiences next year however, a variety of factors contributed to us coming to this decision,” they continued.
“We are proud to continue to be the home of the Eurovision Song Contest and we look forward to celebrating 40 years of broadcasting Eurovision to all Australians in the coming year.”
There is no word as yet on a Song Portal for song submissions being publicly opened.
The selection of representatives varies from country to country, with some staging national finals, similar to Australia Decides and others where the host broadcaster chooses acts internally.