This year will mark Australia’s fifth participation since the country took part for the first time during the contest's 60th anniversary in 2015. Until now, Australia's right to participate was up for consideration year by year. Now, for the first time, a five year guarantee was given to broadcaster SBS.
“SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled at this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family," SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin said. "We will continue to showcase Australia’s amazing talent and diversity to hundreds of millions of people across Europe and the world. It highlights the power of music to bring people together – even from polar opposite sides of the globe. Thank you Europe!"
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest reached more than 2.9 million Australians on SBS.
Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke is extatic about the latest developments: “This is a wonderful validation of what Australia has brought to Eurovision, and we say 'Thank You Europe!' for their decision. It’s been ten years since we first took a team to Eurovision—just Julia and Sam, myself and a cameraman. Since then SBS’s coverage has grown, and the Australian music artists and industry have completely risen to the exciting challenge. Australians have really fallen in love with the joy, and Eurovision has become part of the Australian entertainment calendar. Europe knows it can always expect great music and passion from Australia."
Australia's love affair with Eurovision has been a passionate and enduring one and, this year, SBS and Blink TV launched the country’s first ever selection show Eurovision – Australia Decides to determine the artist and song to represent the country on the world’s biggest stage.
Australia‘s participation this year