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Australia confirmed for 2018! Who will fly the flag in Lisbon?

24 August 2017 at 08:52 CEST
Australia rehearsals Andres Putting
Broadcaster SBS has once again secured Australia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon, Portugal. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will reprise their roles as commentators after their debut in 2017.

The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, following the country's three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

SBS: The home of Eurovision in Australia

SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for more than 30 years. SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: "SBS is proud to secure Australia’s return as competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year, as the country’s unique affection and passion for Eurovision continues to grow. In Guy, Dami and Isaiah, SBS has showcased the incredible talent of Australia’s musical performers on the world stage, and in turn, the wonderful diversity that makes up Australia today." 

Dami Im scored Australia's best placing to date in 2016, second, with Sound Of Silence which topped the jury vote in Stockholm last year.

Who will represent Australia in 2018?

Australia has a strong record in the Eurovision Song Contest with three top ten finishes. Who will represent the country in Lisbon? Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said: "It’s wonderful that we’re back! In the three years that we have competed in Eurovision we have achieved huge success, ranking second in the results overall behind Sweden. It’s an exciting challenge for us to find a competitor who can fly the flag high for Australia, and we can’t wait to begin that search."  

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid added; "It’s also great to be welcoming back hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey after they perfectly captured the spirit of the contest in their debut this year. We’re looking forward to revealing more exciting news in the coming months."  

In the coming weeks we will reveal the full line-up of participating countries in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!