Australia is locked in to compete at the 64th Annual Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in 2019, but in an all-new twist, SBS has today announced that the public will get to vote on the artist and song that will represent us at the event.

The broadcaster will be partnering up with Blink TV to present Eurovision – Australia Decides, a series of live performances that will take place on the Gold Coast on February 8 and 9 next year, with a vote to determine the winner.

With this in mind, the network has put the call out for song writers to submit their compositions for the competition. Per their official statement:

SBS is calling on songwriters across Australia, of all ages and at all stages in their careers, to submit an original composition for consideration. We’ve launched a song submission portal, which is now open until Sunday 4 November.

There are no restrictions on the number of songs composers and songwriters, both published and unpublished, can submit. Songs will be shortlisted later in the year and paired with some of Australia’s most recognised artists. 

The rules state that songs must be original works, must be between two and three minutes in length, must not have been made publicly available, must include vocals, and must be submitted on or between October 14 and November 4 this year.

You can find more details here. Aspiring song writers, what are you waiting for?

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