“Electric Fields and Kate Miller-Heidke could do well in Eurovision, because it has not been done before”

“Eurovision responds to what I hasn’t seen before or experienced before,” says Paul Clarke in the lead-up to the Australian National Final. “Electric Fields and Kate Miller-Heidke are songs Eurovision will respond to instantly because they haven’t had that in the past.”

The Australian Head of Delegation since 2014 goes on to point to other favorites in the participation field. “I think everyone will really love Aydan. I think he will get a teen audience, Sheppard will get a mainstream audience, it debuted on the iTunes charts at #9. And I don’t know an Aussie mum that won’t vote for Mark Vincent.”

The Australian final will have a 50% televote and a 50% jury vote. In the professional jury, Paul Clarke will be accompanied by Christer Björkman (Sweden’s Head of Delegation). The other three jury members are Fifa Riccobono, former CEO of Alberts; Milly Petriella, Artist Service director of APRA; Josh Martin, Commissioning Editor.

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Paul Clarke: “Let’s celebrate pop music”

“I don’t remember a show on Australian television with a competition about music that’s had a better cast and soundtrack,” Clarke continues. “Pop doesn’t often get celebrated in Australia. We tend to go for Rock, but we have a great history of Pop.”

ESCDaily was the first to bring the news of an Australian national final back in May 2017:

Australia has plans for national final