SBS are gearing up for their second Eurovision national final, Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020, and have recently announced that three former Eurovision stars will perform as interval acts during the live national final on Saturday 8th February!
Sweden and Australia unite!
2015 Swedish Eurovision winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, will perform at Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020, alongside 2016 and 2019 Australian representatives Dami Im and Kate Miller-Heidke.
As well as performing as an interval act during the show, Måns will also be helping to decide the Australian act for Rotterdam as a member of the jury panel. Måns is not the first Australian jury member with Eurovision links as Melodifestivalen producer, Christer Björkman, was a member of last year’s jury panel.
I’m so excited to come back to my favourite country to perform, and to be a guest judge on the National Eurovision selection show!– Måns Zelmerlöw, Eurovision winner
Måns has hinted that he will perform his 2015 winning entry, “Heroes”, at the national final, as well as his new single “Walk With Me”, alongside Dami Im.
Paul Clarke, the creative director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, has commented on Måns’ involvement in the selection:
He [Måns] was a game changer at Eurovision when he won in 2015 and it will be like a Eurovision masterclass for our artists and audience to see him performing on the Gold Coast.– Paul Clarke, creative director of Eurovision – Australia Decides
Last’s year act for Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke, will perform her 2019 entry “Zero Gravity” at the contest as well as joining Måns on the jury panel. Dami Im, who has recently been announced as a contestant on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars, will perform a “brand new track” at the national final. Assumingly, this will be “Walk With Me”, her duet with Måns.
“Take it away!”
Eurovision’s Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, will also be present at Eurovision – Australia Decides. It has not been made clear what role Jon Ola will have during the show. However, SBS have mentioned how Jon Ola ‘paid tribute to the role SBS plays in bringing Eurovision to Australians’.
I’m very happy to be Down Under and part of Australia Decides this year. Since first taking part in 2015, SBS has made a huge contribution to the success of Eurovision Song Contest. Their excellent national selection show, which showcases the country’s best singing talent, underscores SBS and Australia’s place as valued members of the Eurovision family.– Jon Ola Sand, EBU Executive Supervisor
Mr Sand will step down from his role as the Executive Supervisor of the EBU following the 2020 contest in Rotterdam. His replacement will be Sweden’s Martin Österdahl who was announced as the new Executive Supervisor earlier this week. His first Eurovision contest will be the Junior event in late 2020.
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020
The 2020 national selection for Australia, Eurovision – Australia Decides, will be held on Saturday 8th February on Gold Coast. The show, which will be presented by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, will be the second time Australia has held a national final. Last year, Kate Miller-Heidke won the selection and finished 9th in Tel Aviv.
Seven of the entries that will compete in the national final have already been revealed – they are the songs of Casey Donovan, Diana Rouvas, iOTA, Jack Vidgen, Jordan-Ravi, Mitch Tambo and Vanessa Amorosi.
The only acts left to reveal their entries for the selection are Montaigne, Didirri and Jaguar Jonze. Keep an eye out for news on ESCXTRA once the songs are dropped!
Eurovision – Australia Decides will be broadcast across Australia on SBS at 19:30 AEST. Fans worldwide will be able to watch the show via a live stream, starting at 11:30 CET.
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