Tonight Australia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in a row. Will this be the last time or will SBS Australia get a permanet staus by the EBU. Head of Delegation Paul Clarke hopes the latter, in an interview with ESC Daily.
“We are on probation, and if we don’t come up with a good artist, maybe they will just sack us,” Clarke tells us. “We know we need to bring it, we need to be the Sweden of the south, to be able to stay in the contest. That is how it feels to us.”
Impossible to find a new Dami Im
After the fifth place of Guy Sebastian, Dami Im did even better in Stockholm with a second place at Eurovision. It is up to young Isaiah Firebrace to give Australia another top result, starting with qualification for the final in Kiev.
“It is a dream for us, to be able to perform here,” Paul Clarke looks ahead at the chances for tonight. “We think of Eurovision like a wonderful fantasy. Last year was special and we appreciated the support for us. This time we went for someone younger than Dami, because we can not replace her.”
Check out the full interview we had with Paul Clarke above!