Eurovision – Australia Decides

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Eurovision – Australia Decides
GenreSong contest
Presented byJoel Creasey and Myf Warhurst
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2 editions
Production
Production locationsGold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland
Running time
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes
Production companySpecial Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Release
Original release7 February 2019; 2 years ago (2019-02-07) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website

Eurovision – Australia Decides is an annual song competition organised by Australian public broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and production partner Blink TV. It determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2019.

Background[edit]

Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a "one-off" special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part. This invitation has been extended each year and Australia is invited to participate in the contest until at least 2023.[1]

The entrants from 2015 until 2018 was internally selected. In September 2018, SBS announced that from 2019, it would organise a national contest to select the artist and the song that will compete at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest and placed a call for entries. The show was to be called Eurovision – Australia Decides.[2]

Format[edit]

SBS ask for submissions and selects ten entries and running order for the contest. The contest will takes place over a weekend in February, with a jury preview show, matinee preview show and live TV final. The winner was determined via the combination of a public televote (50%) and the votes of a professional jury panel (50%).[2]

Winners[edit]

Year Host city Artist Song Position in Eurovision Song Contest
2019 Gold Coast Kate Miller-Heidke "Zero Gravity" 9th
2020 Montaigne "Don't Break Me" Contest cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 N/A "Technicolour" 14th, Semi Final 1 (Didn't qualify)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia secures a spot in Eurovision until 2023". Aussievision | Eurovision from Down Under. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "We're opening our song submission for Eurovision 2019!". SBS. October 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2020.