EBU: ‘Thrilled to help continue Australia’s story’

The news that Australia will participate in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest, has of course caused some reactions. EBU’s Executive JESC Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev for example stated his desire to help continue Australia’s Eurovision story. ESC Daily gathered the comments left and right, and gives you an overview below:

Yakovlev’s full quote goes like this: “Australia were so well received in Vienna at the ‘big’ contest in May this year, and we are thrilled to help them continue this story by coming to Bulgaria in November. Junior Eurovision has always strived for inclusion and collaboration. Having Australia as part of our event shows their commitment to celebrating young and future singing talent and we welcome them to our enthusiastic and growing international group of performers, delegates, media and team members.”

On Twitter, some people have now begged the question how much further this Australian story will go:

SBS’ Managing Director Michael Ebeid commented; “Eurovision is a landmark program for SBS and we’re so proud to be part of an event which brings people together to celebrate creativity and diverse cultures through music. We’re delighted to have secured another opportunity to showcase Australia’s amazing vocal and song writing talent to the world, this time through an incredibly talented young artist. We look forward to giving Australian audiences a surprise second dose of Eurovision fun this year.”

Director of Blink TV, SBS’s Eurovision production partner, Paul Clarke, said; “Australia showed with its huge response to Guy Sebastian that we love to compete on the world stage with our music. I can promise our legion of Eurovision fans that they will love our artist and song this year, and we can’t wait to announce both on Friday. I can say that the song is co-written by one of our greatest Australian artists, and will really do us proud at Junior Eurovision in Sofia.” But who will represent Australia in Vienna? Discussions and speculations are already all over social media.

Our own chief editor Steef van Gorkum was not surprised by the news. “Already last year in Vienna, Luke Fisher from Junior Eurovision said in the ESC Daily Show that having Australia in Junior made a lot more sense practically than having them in the adult contest. I was sure that SBS wanted to accept their invitation, and I look forward to reporting on another contest where our own country is participating.”