With a handful of countries yet to reveal what they will be doing for Eurovision 2024, we have an update on Australia’s fate in the competition.
Eurovision 2024 to be seen on TV in Australia, participation still to be confirmed
During the SBS Upfronts, the broadcaster has revealed that they will of course air next year’s contest, which is set to take place in Malmö. However, it is yet to be revealed if the country will be competing, as the broadcaster mentioned to TV Tonight:
Eurovision is a cherished part of the SBS family, our intention is for Australia to remain in the competition and we are currently in discussions. We’ll confirm details as soon as we are able
Originally, Australia’s participation in the contest was a one-off. However, since then, the country has been invited to participate in the competition each year. In 2019, the EBU announced that Australia has secured participation until 2023. Since 2015, Australia has participated 8 times (7 of those in the Grand Final), with their recent participation landing them a top ten spot.
Australia’s Eurovision Journey
The most recent country to debut into the Eurovision Song Contest, Australia debuted in 2015. Guy Sebastian represented the land down-under with his entry “Tonight Again” in Vienna, where they managed to place 5th. Since their debut, they have participated every single year of the competition.
In 2023, Voyager were internally selected to represent Australia with their entry “Promise”. Performing in the second semi-final, Australia finished first in the semi-final, qualifying for the Grand Final. The band eventually finished in 9th place, receiving 151 points – 21 from the televote and 130 from the juries.
Would you like to see Australia compete next year? If they do, who would you like to see represent them in Sweden? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok as we look ahead to Eurovision 2024!
News Source: ESCToday
Photo Credit: Corinne Cumming/EBU