For the first time in history, Australia will have a national final to select their act for the Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place on the Gold Coast in February 2019 in a series of live performance shows on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February.
A live show will be broadcast exclusively on SBS on Saturday the 9th of February, during which voting will be open to the public. It is not known which artists will take part, as SBS is calling on songwriters across Australia, of all ages and at all stages in their careers, to submit an original composition for consideration. They’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There are no restrictions on the number of songs composers and songwriters, both published and unpublished, can submit.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. From there, it’s up to the Australian public and a Jury to decide Australia’s act to take the stage at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest to compete for Eurovision glory.
Plans for a national final are not new
Hosted by radio host, presenter and music buff Myf Warhurst, and comedian Joel Creasey, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action. The plans for a national final in Australia are not new, as ESCDaily had this scoop back in 2017.
“We really admire the way the Swedes do Eurovision,” Head of Delegation Paul Clarke explained to us. “I love Melodifestivalen. We were judges there, it is so exciting and passionate. We want our own national final, our own competition that can lead up to a winner for Eurovision. That is, if we are allowed to take part.”