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SBS confirms Australia will participate in Eurovision 2018!

Today, SBS has revealed that Australia will take part in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This will mark the country’s fourth appearance in the competition, after three consecutive top ten finishes so far. In addition, SBS has confirmed that Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will return as Australian hosts and commentators after taking up the position for the first time in Kyiv, following the stepping down of Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang.

“SBS has showcased the incredible talent in Australia”

Alongside the announcement, SBS managing director Michael Ebeid makes the following statement:

“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.”

“It’s wonderful that we’re back!”

Furthermore, Australia’s Eurovision head of delegation Paul Clarke says:

“It’s wonderful that we’re back! In the three years that we have competed in Eurovision we have achieved huge success, ranking second in the results overall behind Sweden. It’s an exciting challenge for us to find a competitor who can fly the flag high for Australia. We can’t wait to begin that search.”

Three top ten finishes out of three

Australia made their competitive debut in Eurovision in 2015, when Guy Sebastian finished in fifth place with Tonight Again. It was originally intended to be a one-off participation to celebrate Eurovision’s 60th anniversary. However, Australia has participated ever since!

In 2016, Dami Im nearly secured Australia a victory, finishing second with Sound of Silence. This year, Isaiah continued their run of top ten finishes with a ninth place for Don’t Come Easy. In addition, more than 3 million Australians tuned in for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Australia yet to be confirmed as a permanent fixture

There is still no confirmation from SBS or the EBU that Australia is now a permanent participant. Furthermore, it still remains unclear whether they will be allowed to take part in both Eurovision and the upcoming Eurovision Asia Song Contest which the SBS is taking a lead in organising.

Are you pleased Australia are heading to Lisbon? Which artist would you like to see on the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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