Australia is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal next May. It marks the fourth year Australia will officially compete following entries with Guy Sebastian, Dami Im and Isaiah Firebrace (pictured above) – all of which finished in the Top 10.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said to TV Tonight: “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.”
Paul Clarke: “It’s wonderful!”
Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said: “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. And we can’t wait to begin that search.”
SBS & Blink TV are currently in discussions with territory partners for the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, hoping to be staged in 2018.