Before reality TV, before talent shows, we had Eurovision. The music industry’s longest standing (not to mention kookiest) international song contest has traditionally hosted, well, European countries. For the first time in the event’s 60 year history, Australia competed last year. Out of 48 contestants, pop singer Guy Sebastian landed at an impressive fifth place with Tonight Again.
Although Australia’s inclusion was originally supposed to be a one-off event in celebration of 60 years of Eurovision, Australia has been invited back to participate again.
“The feedback we got from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters after Australia’s participation in Vienna was overwhelmingly positive,” said Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of Eurovision on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union. “We strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event. Australia’s continued participation is an exciting step in that direction.”
“SBS is thrilled to have secured this opportunity for Australia to compete at Stockholm in 2016 and thank the European Broadcasting Union for their invitation. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful example of cultural diversity and social inclusion and our continued participation offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase Australian musical talent in a truly international multicultural celebration,” said Michael Ebeid, CEO and Managing Director of SBS.
While this may not mean that Australia is now a permanent member of Eurovision, it does mean that we have a good excuse to watch more stuff like this: