Eurovision entry to be decided by public

16 October, 2018, 13:28 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Australia Decides will be hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst

Eurovision 2019 marks Australia's fifth appearance at the music competition, with Jessica Mauboy representing the country in this year's contest final in Lisbon.

Meanwhile, Australia's head of delegation for Eurovision, Paul Clarke, expressed the benefits of the new strategy.

There are no restrictions on the number of songs composers and songwriters, both published and unpublished, can submit.

But now there's going to be a contest to choose the artist and song called Eurovision: Australia Decides, will be decided by a jury and members of the public, so we can now vote for our favourite performer.

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Irrespective of this, the cost of preparing the Bulgarian contestant, creating and producing a song, a stage performance, production of a television video and inclusion in the programme of the contest significantly outweighed the reasonable expenditure that the public broadcaster could afford, the statement said.

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The lucky victor will be determined by a vote from a jury and members of the public, and will be hosted by comedian Joel Creasey alongside radio host Myf Warhurst, 45.

Myf Warhurst said: "In 1994, a band now known as Silverchair won a competition run by SBS's Nomad program, with support from triple j, with their hit song Tomorrow - now an Aussie classic".

"The writers get to put their work forward for judging and then we all get to go along and see the finalists and help to select the final representative for Australia, to go to Israel in May", she said.

As Eurovision is first and foremost a song competition, SBS is calling on songwriters across the country to "submit an original composition for consideration" before November 4th.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on SBS in May 2019, and will be hosted again by Warhurst and Creasey.

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