Will Eurovision: Australia Decides return?
Don't rule out Australia Decides just yet, with contract negotiations said to have halted a formal announcement this week.
Amongst the SBS announcements yesterday Eurovision: Australia Decides was not mentioned, raising questions about whether it will be mounted in 2023.
Australia is returning to perform in Liverpool, with the event marking 40 years on SBS. Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst return as Aussie broadcasters -the final year Australia gets an automatic inclusion from the EBU.
Director of Television Kathryn Fink told TV Tonight there was nothing official to announce yesterday.
“Not yet. We’re still working through some details on that,” she said.
SBS is also yet to open a song portal for submissions, which opened last year in August and closed in late September.
Does that mean SBS as host broadcaster may internally decide our entrant -a path it undertook in previous years and which continues with some nations?
“There are different options, so we are kind of working through it. We love Eurovision so it’s exciting to be back.”
TV Tonight understands contracts yet to be finalised prevented its formal announcement yesterday but could come as early as next week. If that happens, expect a song portal to also be opened at the same time.
While Australia Decides was most recently held in late February 2022, it is tipped to be as late as possible in 2023, with speculation around a March 11 event.
Watch this space….