Australia’s love affair with Eurovision is set to continue, as it was confirmed this morning that the nation will return to the Contest for the fifth consecutive year when it takes place in Tel Aviv in May 2019. Broadcaster SBS’s Outgoing Managing Director Michael Ebeid made the announcement saying that Australia’s participation in 2019 was a ‘100% yes!’.
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.
Following a successful stint in 2015, Australia will return to Eurovision in 2016. The announcement was made on 17th November after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) came to the decision in conjunction with Australian national broadcasters SBS.
Australian commentator for SBS, Julia Zemiro, has dissed the UK’s song for this year’s contest at the opening ceremony for the Eurovision on Sunday. In an interview with Wiwibloggs, the host was asked if there was a friendly rivalry between first time entrants Australia and the UK. Her response was clear as she said that not only are Australia likely to beat the UK, but that it wouldn’t be hard for them to do so.