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Tonight: Australia reveals Eurovision act

04 March 2015 at 16:24 CET

The time has come to reveal the artist that will represent Australia in Vienna and it will be tonight, in a press conference live from Sydney.

The expectations are high down under and the rumoured names include virtually every big Australian star, from Tina Arena to Kylie Minogue.

The CEO of the Australian broadcaster SBS, Michael Ebeid, talked to LGBT station Joy Radio some days ago. He confirmed that for this adventure on the world's biggest music stage they first thought of having a show to select the contestant for Australia, but there was not enough time so instead they opted for an internal selection.

 We've been in discussion with a couple of Australian key artists

We're allowed to think big as Ebeid confirmed that most candidates hyped by the media are all “pretty right” and that "there's great talent that we get to choose from".

Don't forget to watch the announcement with us starting at 23:30 CET (9:30 AM Sydney time).

Australia in Eurovision

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary. To give the anniversary celebrations an extra dimension and to walk the talk on this year’s theme Building Bridges, the EBU and host broadcaster ORF invited Australia to compete in the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. This brings the total amount of represented countries to 40.

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The contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, and the EBU’s Television Committee accepted the proposal.

“It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!” says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU.

Michael Ebeid, Managing Director of broadcaster SBS, says: "We are very excited to have secured this historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and are honoured that the European Broadcasting Union has supported us to achieve this ambition. SBS has been broadcasting Eurovision for over 30 years and we have seen how Australians’ love of the song contest has grown during those years."

ORF Director General Dr. Alexander Wrabetz says: "The song contest has developed in its history to become the biggest TV entertainment event in the world. With the participation of Australia, together with our partners at the EBU and SBS, we have succeeded to lift it to a new global level and to build another bridge for the 60th anniversary. A bridge that spans the globe, starting from the heart of Europe."

Australia will be allowed to vote in both Semi-Finals, as well as the Grand Final. Along a professional jury, possibilities are currently being explored to allow the public to have a 50 percent stake in the Australian vote via televoting. 

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