Eurovision 2016: Australia to compete in Stockholm!
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The European Broadcasting Union and the Eurovision Reference Group decided that Australia will compete in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest after the guest invitation to participate in the 60th Eurovision edition last May in Vienna.
The success was big and the endorsement from the fans, media, audience was huge therefore Australia is part of the Eurovision Song Contest family is more or less what EBU says about Australia although last year they were shouting out that it would be one-off participation and due to the celebrations.
Now the EBU and the Reference Group will examine how Australia will participate. Will it become BIG 6 member or will participate in the semifinals first.
“SBS is thrilled to have secured this opportunity for Australia to compete at Stockholm in 2016 and thank the European Broadcasting Union for their invitation. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful example of cultural diversity and social inclusion and our continued participation offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase Australian musical talent in a truly international multicultural celebration. Production partner Blink TV have been integral in supporting our ambition to build Australia’s presence on the world’s biggest stage and together we look forward to again bringing the Eurovision experience to our screens.” says CEO and Managing Director SBS, Michael Ebeid.
“Europe and Australia have a lot in common in regards to cultural values and when a broadcaster is so committed to bring great acts to the contest, the only right thing to do is to be inclusive,” says Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group. “This is also a way for many Australians to re-connect with their European roots, and celebrate our shared cultural values and understanding through music”, he added.
DID YOU KNOW?
If Australia wins SBS will co-produce the 2017 Eurovision edition in a European city alongside with a European national broadcaster. Australia is also debuting this year in Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Guy Sebastian represented Australia for the first time in Eurovision 2014 while Jessia Mauboy was the first guest from Australia to perform in interval act in the Copenhagen Eurovision edition.