SBS have announced this evening that Eurovision: Australia Decides will return in 2020 to select the Australian entry for the second time. Australia first held a national final in 2019, where Kate Miller-Heidke was selected as the Australian representative, eventually finishing 9th in Tel Aviv.
Early February national final again for Australia
Like in 2019, Australia will hold their national final in the second weekend of February. The national final will be held over two days – Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February. If it is held like last year, the jury show will be held on the Friday, with the live final being held on the Saturday.
Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst will return to host the show, which will be held in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. 10 songs will be selected to compete in the national final from all the hopefuls and the entries will be announced later this year.
Will there be tweaks to the show?
The creative director for Australia Decides, Paul Clarke has hinted that there will be some tweaks and “surprises in the format” in 2020, and there will be “some real surprises about who will be competing.” Last year, many big names in Australian music took part in the national final including Courtney Act and Sheppard.
Songwriters can now upload their entries for the national final via the Australia Decides song portal. Many Australian composers are expected to submit entries for the selection, possibly even including Kate Miller-Heidke herself! The deadline for entry submissions is 30th September 2019.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, as a “guest country” to celebrate the contest’s 60th anniversary. Guy Sebastian was selected to represent the country, with “Tonight Again”, which finished in 5th place with 196 points.
Australia were again invited to take part in the contest in 2016, and have been every year until 2019, where it was confirmed by the EBU and SBS that Australia’s participation in the contest has been secured until 2023.
Australia have never failed to make the final, finishing as runners-up in 2016, in 9th place in 2017 and 2019 and in 20th place in 2018.
Are you happy Eurovision: Australia Decides is returning in 2020? Who do you want to take part in the national final next year?
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