Australia to take part in Eurovision!

Australia to take part in Eurovision!
Sydney Opera House. Photo: Wikipedia
Sydney, Australia -

They love the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia, so much so that DR is giving the country a central role in the second Semi-Final on Thursday the 8th of May.

Every year, when the Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast on screens all over Europe, it is also watched enthusiastically in Australia. They have been doing this since ABBA won in 1974.

Now the Land Down Under is being rewarded by DR:

”Australia is going to take part in the second Semi-Final. They have asked several times if they can take part, because they love the Eurovision Song Contest so much. So this year we have given them permission to take to the stage and show us what they can do”, explains Mikke Bech, editorial boss for this year’s edition in Copenhagen.

Australian interval act

In essence, this means that Australia – who has produced acts including Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave and Olivia Newton-John – has said yes to producing the entertainment just before we find out the results of the second Semi-Final at the Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th of May.

And there will certainly be something to look forward to, when the Australians take to the stage as the so-called Interval Act, promises Mikkel Bech:

”They will come up here with a huge display of all possible senses that represent what Australia is. They are going to work visually with what Europe means to them and what Australia means to us in Europe, so it is going to be big and spectacular – and it is going to involve a lot of humour”.

Australia loves the grandeur of Eurovision

Mikkel Bech travelled to Australia to meet with the people at TV station SBS, who are responsible for Australia’s act during the second Semi-Final, and here he had the opportunity to ask why they love Europe’s favourite TV show so much.

”The Australians love the grandeur of the Eurovision Song Contest and what they themselves describe as the somewhat kitschy element to it, but people down there take it very seriously, and there are many people who watch it. It is a big deal for them”

”Also, many of them have European blood flowing through their veins, so for them it is also a connection to their roots in Europe. I believe that many Australians in one way or another have Europe in them, and many people can related to the show”, says Mikkel Bech.

In addition, SBS is the Australian broadcaster that broadcasts the Eurovision Song Contest shows every year to Australian viewers, a little after Europe because of the time difference.


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  • Posted on 13 May 2014 at 18:25
    I think, the range of the participant countries should be opened for all countries of the Commonwealth. In some way they all are also a part of Europe. This way we could welcome Australia at long last in our community. I think they also have a big potential of winners. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2014 at 11:26
    about time we were included in the Eurovision we would win hands down. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2014 at 01:47
    Godammit - let them join…no-one takes it seriously anyhow and we (UK) may get a few more points!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 May 2014 at 14:36
    Australia is more related to Europe than Israel, Armenia and Azerbaijan for example, so the question is again, why?? Why can't we just let them be a part of the Eurovision??? That would be so much fun!!!! :) :)
    The Eurovision Song Contest is like a big party for whole of Europe, and believe me, is it one country in this world who knows how to arrange partys and events, it is australians!!! :D
    Just watch how they arranged the summer Olympics in year 2000. That was one of the best summer Olympics in the Olympic history. And how they arrange every new years eve in Sydney with partys and fireworks, it's amaizing!!!
    I believe that one day that this beautiful country will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest!!!! :D :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 May 2014 at 07:48
    Can't wait for the contest to begin, we will be dressed in or Skippy suits and Koala suits, and we will have probably mowed down the gardens at AMASS, nearby. Jessica should drop by and join us. Yippee........go stralia........blow en off the stage. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 March 2014 at 06:21
    Ohmeed, yes you are right, the SBS telecast has been poor. Mostly because they don't show live, or even same day. Waiting 3 days to see SF1 is ridiculous. Also the commentary, they are only slowly improving. Zemiro at least is a fan, whereas Pang rarely likes any songs, admitted to knowing nothing about ESC before being hired, and is hired to mock where he can. I also hate that they talk and cheer over songs. It was bad enough Wogan doing this when we got the British feed pre-2009. Click on my name and check my blogs for more. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 March 2014 at 12:21
    iI LOVE AUSTRALIA I HAVE RELATIVES THERE BUT EUROVISION MEANS EUROPE, EVEN MOST OF THE EX SOVIET COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT TAKE PART. FOR EXAMPLE AZERBAIJAN ARMENIA MOLDOVA. ONE GOOD IDEA WILL BE FROM NEXT YEAR ONLY COUNTRIES THAT ARE MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN UNION CAN TAKE PART. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 March 2014 at 12:16
    IF YOU WANT TO LET AUSTRALIA COMPETE IN THE CONTEST DO ALSO FOR THE UNITED STATES KENYA CHINA JAPAN SAUDI ARABIA ETC. THEN WE WILL FORGET THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST AND WE RENAME THE CONTEST AS WORLD WIDE SALAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2014 at 10:30
    Australia douze points! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2014 at 07:28
    @ Uk_ nulpoints. Eh? Kylie and Jason were in the late 1980s - now 25 years ago!!
    One point. In WWI and WWII, many Australian fought and died on European soil, being buried in places like northern France and England. Here 2014 marks the centenary of WWI, where Australia lost 58,961 soldiers and had 166,811 wounded - taken out of the small total Australian of only four million. Many Australians will be in Europe, especially for the commemoration ceremonies at Gallipoli and in England and France on 25th April - 12 days before Eurovision. Some will go to Copenhagen afterwards.

    We do get the idea why the EBU exists - to bring countries together, but we also know Australian is not in Europe. It is clearly the EBU will not let us join in the contest, but at least we can dream 'what if'.

    Lighten up please!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2014 at 03:37
    Well its not April the 1st so this is no April fool joke,, we should have a world song contest if Australia wants to take part Eurovision is for Europe. Please lets not have countries outside the EBU take part, it will only ruin the competition and can u imagine holding the contest in Australia. Say the Aussies won we would be watching the contest at breakfast time,,, ok let them have their turn in the interval act will look forward to Dame Edna Everage and Kylie and Jason entertain us. Or may be even the cast from Priscilla Queen of the Desert will perform a medley of songs from their show ... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2014 at 12:46
    I did posted here on 26/May 2012 at 22:03, saying; "Perhaps sometimes in the future, we might be able to provide an act to perform at some future Eurovision event - perhaps as a tribute to Eurovision. That would be nice."

    They listened!! Merci!

    Our fans who watch Eurovision do and will celebrate all the ESC participating countries in the right sprit, as precisely sung in the Icelandic 2014 entry "No Predjudice"; "Let’s do away with prejudice, don’t discriminate, tolerance is bliss, we got to get together on this, cross this problem off our list." Sounds to me what Australia is all about.

    Les nombres de visionneuses Australiennes de télévision dans 2014 seront énormes ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 March 2014 at 22:15
    @Ohmeed .. that's rubbish ! I have been following Eurovision on SBS since it started , and it has always been properly broadcast in a fun way . SBS is known nationally as an enthusiastic multicultural broadcaster . You're obviously a discontented refugee ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 March 2014 at 12:21
    It's just a pity the SBS coverage is sooo bad, factually incorrect and poorly researched commentary is makes most Eurovision fans I know angry by the end of their coverage. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 March 2014 at 10:26
    At 1st I thought it was a great idea cause most of Melbourne and Sydney habitat are Europeans,,,but now this singer clearly shows that she is not of a European ascendency...I think that the Eurovision should not go any further than this... report to the moderator