Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Australia
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Member station SBS
National selection events Internal selection
Participation summary
Appearances 3 (3 finals)
First appearance 2015
Best result 2nd: 2016
Worst result 9th: 2017
External links
SBS page
Australia's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest three times since their debut at the 2015 contest in Vienna. The country's best result in the contest is a second-place finish for Dami Im in 2016. Australia has also finished in the top ten in its two other appearances in the contest, with Guy Sebastian finishing fifth in 2015, and Isaiah finishing ninth in 2017.

Australia's participation in the 2015 contest was set to be a one-off event, the plan being only to perform again the following year had they won, but it was confirmed in November 2015 by SVT that they would participate in the 2016 contest.[1] Australia is the first country from the Oceania region (and the second country outside Eurasia, after Morocco in 1980) to participate in the contest.

History[edit]

1983–2014[edit]

Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) first broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in 1983 and has continued to do so every year since, the contest has attracted a viewing audience in Australia, primarily because of the country's political and cultural ties with the European Union, particularly with the United Kingdom. Early broadcasts of the contest in Australia either featured no commentary or used the United Kingdom's commentary as transmitted by the BBC; in 2001, actress and comedian Mary Coustas provided commentary for the contest performing as her comedic character Effie.[2] In 2002 and 2003, SBS presenter Des Mangan provided commentary for the Australian audience, from 2009, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang were assigned as commentators for the competition by SBS.[3][4] 2017 saw SBS replace the commentators with comedian Joel Creasey and TV and radio personality Myf Warhurst. In addition to broadcasting the contest, SBS has also broadcast the 50th and 60th anniversary programmes.

From 2010 to 2014, SBS allowed Australian viewers to participate in their own televote for the Grand Finals.[5] However, these votes were not counted at the actual contest and did not affect the overall result, the SBS commentary team and Australian delegation were awarded a commentary booth of their own at the 2012 contest in Baku. They have been allocated a commentary booth every year since.

In the event that Australia should win the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU had confirmed that in accordance with the rules, Australia would not host the event in the southern hemisphere, and instead would co-host the contest in Europe.[6] Further to the EBU's statement it was confirmed that Germany and their broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) would be the first choice, and United Kingdom's broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) being the back-up hosts should Germany decline.[6]

Participation[edit]

Incidental participation[edit]

Although not actively participating at the Eurovision Song Contest prior to the 2013 semifinal interval presentation, Australia has appeared in the contest incidentally in a number of ways:

2013 pre-recorded presentation[edit]

Australia's first appearance in the international broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest occurred on 14 May 2013 during the first semi-final in Malmö, Sweden. A short pre-recorded video titled Greetings from Australia (also referred to as Why Australia Loves Eurovision), submitted by SBS and hosted by Julia Zemiro, was broadcast during the interval acts,[13] this presentation marked 30 years of broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia, and was preceded the week leading up to the contest by a locally broadcast documentary, also hosted by Zemiro, detailing her love of ABBA, titled Road to Eurovision.[14]

2014 interval act[edit]

On 24 March 2014, the Danish broadcaster DR gave permission to SBS to perform as an interval act in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2014. One day later, on 25 March, Jessica Mauboy was internally selected to perform,[15] on 8 May 2014, Mauboy sang her song "Sea of Flags" in the second semi-final.[16]

2015 debut[edit]

SBS made the country's debut at the 2015 Contest with the song "Tonight Again" a song written and performed by Guy Sebastian, although Australia is outside the European Broadcasting Area, the European Broadcasting Union and Austrian host broadcaster ORF decided to permit an Australian entry to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Contest. The special circumstances surrounding Australia's entry and "to not reduce the chances" of the semi-final participants led the organisers to allow Australia to compete directly in the grand final without pre-qualification,[17] the 2015 Australian jury consisted of Amanda Pelman (Chair), Richard Wilkins, Danielle Spencer and Jake Stone.[18]

2016[edit]

Although Australia's participation in 2015 was announced as a one-off event, it was confirmed on 17 November 2015 that Australia would participate in the 2016 contest. Unlike in 2015, Australia did not receive automatic qualification,[19] on 7 October 2015, it was announced that Australia would make its debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 after SBS was invited to perform in the contest.[20] The 2016 Australian jury consisted of Monica Trapaga (Chair), Shannon Noll, Myf Warhurst, James Mathison and Craig Porteils.[21]

2017[edit]

Australia continued its participation at the 2017 contest following their success the previous year,[22] on 7 March 2017 at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in the city of Melbourne, Australia, SBS announced former X Factor Australia winner Isaiah Firebrace as Australia's entry into the 62nd instalment of the contest. With the song "Don't Come Easy", Isaiah participated in the first semi-final on 9 May, then the finals on 13 May in which Australia placed 9th.[23][24]

Contestants[edit]

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2015 Guy Sebastian English "Tonight Again" 5 196 Automatic finalist
2016 Dami Im English "Sound of Silence" 2 511 1 330
2017 Isaiah English "Don't Come Easy" 9 173 6 160

Voting history[edit]

As of 2017, Australia's voting history is as follows.[25][26]

Other awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Result
Points Host city
2016 "Sound of Silence" Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci Dami Im 2nd 511 Stockholm

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Television commentator(s) Spokesperson
No broadcast from 1956–1982 Australia not allowed to compete
Either no commentary or commentary via BBC from 1983–2000
2001 Effie (Mary Coustas)[2]
Commentary via BBC in 2002
2003 Des Mangan[2][27]
2004
Commentary via BBC from 2005–2008
2009 Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang[28]
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015 Lee Lin Chin[29][30]
2016
2017 Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey[31]

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Australia: 2012 coverage a big success". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  15. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (25 March 2014). "Australian superstar to sing at Eurovision". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Vincent, Peter (9 May 2014). "Jessica Mauboy performs at Eurovision Song Contest". smh.com.au. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
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  20. ^ Fisher, Luke James (7 October 2015). "Australia joins to make it 'Super 17' at Junior Eurovision in Sofia!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Australia’s Eurovision 2016 jury and spokesperson is revealed!". SBS Eurovision. SBS. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
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  25. ^ "Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest database". eschome.net. ESC Database. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "History". Eurovision Song Contest. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  27. ^ "Eurovision scandal - SBS dumps Wogan! - inthemix Forums". inthemix.com.au. 
  28. ^ Knox, David (17 November 2015). "SBS Upfronts: 2016: Eurovision, drama, comedy & docos.". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  29. ^ "Honestly, did you really think anybody else would be up to the task? #TheFeedSBS #SBSEurovision". Twitter. The Feed SBS. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  30. ^ http://www.sbs.com.au/programs/eurovision/article/2016/04/29/stockholm-calling-how-be-memorable-eurovision-voting-correspondent
  31. ^ "SBS’s new Eurovision hosts are…". Guide. Retrieved 2017-03-24.