Should Australia win the Eurovision Song Contest in a couple of weeks, the contest will stay in Europe. Some people have been dreaming about Sydney 2016 already, but Event Supervisor Sietse Bakker of the EBU has told ESC Daily: that is not going to happen.
In three weeks from now, the rehearsals for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will commence. The rehearsals always change the opinion of the bookmakers, but as of now, Australia is a hot favourite to win Eurovision 2015. It has raised the question: what will happen if Australia actually wins the contest? You can watch the answer of the Event Supervisor below:
“This was of course one of the scenario’s that we discussed with our Australian colleagues,” tells Sietse Bakker. “Should Australia win the contest this year, we will stay in Europe and have the contest in one of the other European participating countries.”
It would make sense that the runner-up behind Australia, a member of the Big-5 or a country that previously hosted the contest in recent years, would have good papers to host in 2016, should Australia win it all in Vienna. “We have looked into several scenarios already, but we decided it would be best to keep that question for in case they actually win the contest.”
Another question that many fans have is, if the Australian participation will open the door for other guest countries in the future as well. “The Eurovision Song Contest has been able to grow because of the interest from a growing number of countries. We had one semi-final in 2004, another one added in 2008. And of course if we see more interest from countries like Canada and China, at some point we have to consider what we need to do with that interest. But for now, that is a question for the long term future.”
“In countries like Australia, China, Canada and South-Africa, people look at this contest as an amazing oppurtunity for artists and and as a lot of fun to watch. They really admire Europe for having build such a tradition, and if they are interested in our European tradtion I think we should be inclusive and in some way involve them with the Eurovision Song Contest.”