The ground breaking announcement earlier this week that 2018 would see the launch of Eurovision Asia, had many supposing that this could put an end to Australia competing in Eurovision. Today however, Australian broadcaster SBS revealed that the EBU had extended an invite to Australia to compete in Lisbon at Eurovision 2018. This invitation has been accepted.
While very little has been revealed about Eurovision Asia, Australia is eligible to compete in the new Contest. The nation it seems however will continue to participate in Eurovision as well. The nation will compete for the fourth time in 2018, following impressive results in their three previous attempts. Their first outing at Eurovision in 2015 saw Guy Sebastian finish fifth with ‘Tonight Again’, while Dami Im performed even better the following year finishing second with ‘Sound of Silence’ and their most recent attempt last year saw Isaiah Firebrace give Australia their third consecutive top ten finish with ‘Don’t Come Easy’.
As well as the announcement that Australia will compete in the 2018 edition of Eurovision, it was also announced that SBS commentary will be carried out by duo Joel Creasy and Myf Warhurst who return to this role.
The continued presence of Australia at Eurovision is a contentious issue that has split Eurovision fans since their first appeared in 2015. Although they are associate members of the EBU, many fans take umbrage with Australia competing due to geography and what has been seen as enabling the recent shift towards english language songs in the Contest and an erosion of promoting the traditional cultures and values that are unique to each nation.