Australia has been invited to take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The contest in Belarus will have 19 participating countries, including Australia and debuting countries such as Wales and Kazakhstan, for a record amount of nations taking part in Junior Eurovision.
Australia has a very special relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision has been popular in Australia for over 30 years, and since 2015, Australia has been participating in the contest. Read more about the history of Australia at Eurovision in our case file about the country.
Multicultural broadcaster SBS has plugged Eurovision. Because of the large proportion of nowadays Australians who have a European heritage, the cultural aspect has been a point of interest for many people Down Under. Ever since the participation of Australia in Eurovision, SBS has been the broadcaster who leads the project and selects the artist.
In 2017 Australia also took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as Isabella Clarke was internally selected to represent Australia with her song “Speak Up”. She finished 3rd, with 172 points.