Next month, SBS will broadcast Australia’s second ever national selection for Eurovision. Seven of the entries that will compete in the national final have already been revealed. The seventh came courtesy of Vanessa Amorossi. It had been speculated that “Lessons of Love” from her 2019 album would be her entry, but now, she has confirmed its participation with a revamp of the track.
Vanessa Amorosi is arguably the biggest star to be competing in Australia Decides this year. With hits like 2000’s “Absolutely Everybody” under her belt, she was a contender from the moment she was announced. Having released her latest album, Back to Love, after the September 1st cut-off, we knew her entry would be a song from this record. Now, she has confirmed that the speculated song, “Lessons of Love”, will be her entry for Australia Decides.
On Monday she released the revamped track for the contest, along with the video. The song was trimmed to fit with EBU song length requirements, and the chorus saw some minor changes.
You can listen to the entry via the new lyric video below:
Australia Decides 2020 so far
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 with “Zero Gravity”.
The show will be broadcast live across Australia on SBS at 19:30 AEST on February 8th. Fans worldwide will be able to watch the show via a live stream, starting at 11:30 CET.
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 now 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!
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 since. This year, SBS and the EBU confirmed 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. Interestingly, they are one of only two countries to maintain their 100% qualification record (along with Ukraine).
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