Australia has confirmed that neither broadcaster involved in Eurovision events will be broadcasting Junior Eurovision 2023. As a result, Australia will not be participating in the Contest.
No Junior Eurovision 2023 broadcast down under
As reported by Aussievision, both SBS and ABC ME have revealed that they will not be participating or airing the competition this year.
As a result, Australia joins a number of countries confirming they will not be returning or participating in the next Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 2023 will mark the country’s fourth consecutive non-participation in the competition, with their last participation being back in 2019, when the competition took place in Gliwice-Silesia.
Australia’s Junior Eurovision journey
Australia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, alongside Ireland. Their first participant was Bella Paige, who performed “My Girls” in Sofia. At the close of voting, Australia finished in 8th place and receiving 64 points. Since then, Australia has participated a further four times. Their best result came in both 2017 and 2018, when Isabella Clarke and Jael both finished in third place.
Australia’s most recent participation was in 2019, when Jordan Anthony represented the country in Gliwice with his song “We Will Rise”. Following his performance, Australia finished in 8th place, earning 121 points. Professional juries from each participating country gave Australia 82 points, whilst the viewing public voting online gave Jordan 39 points.
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News Source: Aussievision
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