The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the greatest spectacles on the planet, and that Australia has mystifyingly been allowed to compete in it the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Don’t get me wrong, it’s dope as hell and makes watching the annual parade of all the loudest, brightest, and best bits of Europe all the more exciting. But if organisers were to turn around one day soon and put the foot down – affirming that it’s called Eurovision, not bloody YIEWrovision – not many people would be upset. We had a good run with it. but that’s fair enough.
But that day ain’t gonna be in 2018, baby! Australia is officially back in the contest for a fourth consecutive year.
SBS has today announced they have once again secured Australia’s place in the 2018 competition, which is set to be held in the host city of Lisbon, Portugal.
Australia’s Eurovision efforts, for those of you who haven’t been keeping up (cowards), have been entirely admirable, with all three performers managing to finish inside the top ten.
The inaugural effort from Guy Sebastian at the 2015 contest in Vienna yielded a fifth place finish. Dami Im followed that up at the 2016 event in Stockholm by being utterly robbed of the overall title, finishing in second place. Isaiah Firebrand, by comparison, lagged a little behind his compatriots, finishing ninth in this year’s contest in Kiev.
SBS managing director Michael Ebeid extolled the virtues of Australian efforts at Eurovision, while praising the job of first-time hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasy, who hosted the local broadcast of the competition for the first this year, filling the void left by Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang.
SBS is proud to secure Australia’s return as competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year, as the country’s unique affection and passion for Eurovision continues to grow.
In Guy, Dami and Isaiah, SBS has showcased the incredible talent of Australia’s musical performers on the world stage, and in turn, the wonderful diversity that makes up Australia today.
It’s also great to be welcoming back hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey after they perfectly captured the spirit of the contest in their debut this year. We’re looking forward to revealing more exciting news in the coming months.
No word yet on who will be representing Australia at next year’s competition, but any self-respecting Australian with ears knows the choice is absolutely academic.
Forget X-Factor cast offs, there’s only one act who should be representing Australia on the grandest stage of them all:
TISM for Eurovision.
You know it makes sense.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 9th 2018.