It was announced today that the EBU have accepted a proposal which will allow Australia to take part as contestants in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest for the first time which marks the 60th anniversary of the competition. The decision is an historic one and could set a precedent for other guest nations not in Europe to compete at future events. However Australia competing is supposedly a one-off.
They will automatically compete in the final and will not have to compete in the Semi Finals. As well as this Australia will be allowed to vote in both Semi-Finals, as well as the Grand Final. This brings the total number of competitors to 40 for this year’s contest. This adds an extra dimension to this year’s theme which is ‘Building Bridges’ as it extends the welcome beyond Europe.
Australia have some of the most hard core Eurovision fans and last year they got to appear at Eurovision in so far as the interval act at the 2014 was Australian singer Jessica Mauboy who paid tribute to all things camp and Australian.
Executive Supervisor of the Contest, Jon Ola Sand had this to say on behalf of the EBU, “It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!”
All thoughts now turn to who could possibly represent Australia in their Eurovision debut with names like Holly Valance, Delta Goodrem, Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) and Dannii and Kylie Minogue being thrown into the mix. But only time will tell.
Listen to the moment when Australia’s dream became a reality:
Do you think Australia should be allowed to compete?