Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Why is Australia in the ESC?

Sheldon Riley represents Australia at ESC 2022. Photo: IMAGO//Jessica Gow/TT


Down Under is undoubtedly attractive among Eurovision Song Contest debutants, who actually come from all over Europe. How did the partnership happen?

Eurovision Song Contest – which initially sounds like participants from Europe. However, Australia has also been involved since 2015. But why exactly?

Short answer: Australians love ESC. Since it was first broadcast on Australian television in 1983, the competition’s ratings are far higher than those of some European participating countries.

long road to partnership

Australia took small steps in the path of participation. First, in 2013, Australians sent a greeting to European audiences, which also attracted Australians with the ESC known in this country. The following year, Australian singer Jessica Mauboy was allowed out of the competition in the finals. In 2015 the time finally came and Australia officially participated in the ESC for the first time.

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Since then, the Australian has been an integral part of the competition – and has already celebrated modest successes. He has already made it to the top ten four times. In 2016, singer Dami Im took second place with “Sound of Silence”. This year, Australia will be represented in Turin with the song “Not the Same” by Sheldon Riley.



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