Thursday, November 30, 2023

Why is Australia taking part in Eurovision if it is not a European country?

The question we ask ourselves every year when Eurovision arrives is not only who will win, we are also amazed because Australia is taking part. What are Australians doing in competition between European countries?

In reality, he didn’t always compete. The Eurovision Song Contest took place shortly after the Second World War at the initiative of the European Broadcasting Union, the organization that unites public media companies in Europe.

But perhaps it’s because Australians are very dance-oriented or they are fascinated by the halfway spirit between folklore and kitsch that the festival represents. The truth is that the broadcast of the festival, the It has been broadcast in the Antipodes since 1983. It only gained an audience and increased the Eurofan phenomenon in the country.

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The one who broadcasts the program in her country is the powerful SBS, which has commercial relations with its European counterparts, and in 2014 an Australian representative made a guest appearance at the festival for the first time: it was in Denmark, where Jessica Mauboy uncorked the “Aussie” spirit with her song “Sea of ​​​​Flags”.

The success was so great He made his debut in 2015 with his participation in the festival, originally raised as an exception, and Guy Sebastian with his song “Tonight again” He promoted the most exotic candidate to fifth place.

The exception became the rule in 2016, and Damien In, who took part in the qualifying rounds like every other candidate, impressed the audience and the Eurovision jury with her song “Sound of silence”, which took second place.

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Since then, His presence was constant. However, there is one more special condition: if his representative wins the festival would not be the host country of the next edition, because it is very expensive and logistically difficult to organize Eurovision in Australia. However, it could act as host, similar to what Ukraine, which won the last edition, is doing with the United Kingdom this year.

The song that will compete for Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is called “Promise” comes from the rock band Voyager.

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