Australia returns to Eurovision

Australia will be back on the Eurovision stage in Malmö, Sweden next May.

Australia is back in the Eurovision Song Contest with 37 countries confirmed for Malmö, Sweden next May.

This marks the first confirmation of Australia’s return after the guaranteed inclusion from the EBU expired in 2023.

An SBS spokesperson said, “SBS is thrilled to confirm we’ll be sending an artist to Malmo, Sweden, in 2024 and continue our 40+ year legacy as the Australian home of the Eurovision Song Contest. We at SBS proudly embrace our participation at Eurovision. It is an exceptional event that highlights the universal language of music and its power to connect people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. We are delighted to continue our relationship with the European Broadcasting Union and share this glorious celebration with Australians. We look forward to sharing more on our plans in the coming months.

 Australia’s Head of Delegation, Emily Griggs said: “The Eurovision Song Contest has captured the hearts of millions worldwide, transcending borders and showcasing the incredible artistry of talent from across the globe. Australia’s musical talent has consistently shone brightly on the Eurovision stage, captivating audiences with unforgettable performances. It’s an honour and privilege to once again showcase the best of Australian music, creativity, and artistic expression with the world on this truly special stage.” 

SBS is yet to confirm its plans for song selection for 2024 with its Eurovision producers, Blink TV.

Dami Im has previously indicated a desire to return to Eurovision but yet to be invited.

A total of 35 broadcasters will return from Liverpool 2023, as well as Belgium’s French-speaking Walloon broadcaster RTBF (who alternate participations with VRT, the Dutch-speaking Flemish broadcaster) and Luxembourg’s RTL who take part for the first time since 1993.

Whilst Romania is currently not confirmed to compete next year, talks are continuing with TVR on their potential participation as well.

Participating Broadcasters:

🇦🇱 Albania – RTSH
🇦🇲 Armenia – AMPTV
🇦🇺 Australia – SBS (*EBU Associate)
🇦🇹 Austria – ORF
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – İctimai
🇧🇪 Belgium – RTBF
🇭🇷 Croatia – HRT
🇨🇾 Cyprus – CyBC
🇨🇿 Czechia – ČT
🇩🇰 Denmark – DR
🇪🇪 Estonia – ERR
🇫🇮 Finland – YLE
🇫🇷 France – FT
🇬🇪 Georgia – GPB
🇩🇪 Germany – ARD/NDR
🇬🇷 Greece – ERT
🇮🇸 Iceland – RÚV
🇮🇪 Ireland – RTÉ
🇮🇱 Israel – Kan
🇮🇹 Italy – RAI
🇱🇻 Latvia – LTV
🇱🇹 Lithuania – LRT
🇱🇺 Luxembourg – RTL
🇲🇹 Malta – PBS
🇲🇩 Moldova – TRM
🇳🇱 Netherlands – AVROTROS
🇳🇴 Norway – NRK
🇵🇱 Poland – TVP
🇵🇹 Portugal – RTP
🇸🇲 San Marino – SMRTV
🇷🇸 Serbia – RTS
🇸🇮 Slovenia – RTVSLO
🇪🇸 Spain – RTVE
🇸🇪 Sweden – SVT
🇨🇭 Switzerland – SRG SSR
🇺🇦 Ukraine – Suspilne
🇬🇧 United Kingdom – BBC

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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5 Responses

  1. Seems like they are struggling to get the eastern and bulkan countries back on board. It would be a shame if this starts to get a stigma of an elitist Western European event.

    While they are losing countries, I don’t think they are in a position to turn away Australia.

  2. It’s great to see Australia and SBS returning to the contest. I’m hoping we might enter another multi-year contract or possibly even get an indefinite invitation to compete.

    It would also be nice to see either Eurovision – Australia Decides return or possibly the same show rebranded under another name – a national final is always a great opportunity for local talent to be seen both domestically and within the international fandom who follow the entire Eurovision season from September through to May.

    It’s a pity that SBS and Australia’s invitation to return has been deeply overshadowed within the fandom by the decision from the EBU to allow IPBC/KAN to return for Israel. Much like how Eurovision fans and Eurovision fan media essentially demanded the EBU to remove Belarus from the competition a few years ago, I think they’ll eventually have to stand up and make a statement either way, despite their position of being apolitical.

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