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post Feb 10 2015, 05:07 PM
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WTF!

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Geneva, Switzerland - Yes, you read that right! After a prominent place in the interval act of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australia will compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, to take place on 19, 21 and 23rd of May in Vienna, Austria. Just for once, and for many good reasons!
This year, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary. To give the anniversary celebrations an extra dimension and to walk the talk on this year’s theme Building Bridges, the EBU and host broadcaster ORF invited Australia to compete in the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. This brings the total amount of represented countries to 40.

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The contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, and the EBU’s Television Committee accepted the proposal.



“It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!” says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU.

Michael Ebeid, Managing Director of broadcaster SBS, says: "We are very excited to have secured this historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and are honoured that the European Broadcasting Union has supported us to achieve this ambition. SBS has been broadcasting Eurovision for over 30 years and we have seen how Australians’ love of the song contest has grown during those years."

ORF Director General Dr. Alexander Wrabetz says: "The song contest has developed in its history to become the biggest TV entertainment event in the world. With the participation of Australia, together with our partners at the EBU and SBS, we have succeeded to lift it to a new global level and to build another bridge for the 60th anniversary. A bridge that spans the globe, starting from the heart of Europe."

Australia will be allowed to vote in both Semi-Finals, as well as the Grand Final. Along a professional jury, possibilities are currently being explored to allow the public to have a 50 percent stake in the Australian vote via televoting.
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Unless my Geography is off, Australia isn't in Europe?
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This better be a joke.
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What does this mean?

Broadcaster SBS, which has a long tradition of airing the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia, will send a contestant to Vienna, where the 2015 contest will take place. Their contestant, who is yet to be chosen, will participate directly in the Grand Final under exactly the same conditions as all other participants.

Can Australia vote? And can we vote for Australia?

Despite the time difference – it’s early Sunday morning in Australia while Europe watches the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening – the EBU’s international voting partner Digame is exploring possibilities to allow the Australian public to vote in both Semi-Finals and in the Grand Final. Viewers in all other 39 participating countries also have the possibility to vote for the Australian contestant. As usual, no one can vote for his or her own country.

Why does Australia take part directly in the Grand Final, and not in one of the two Semi-Finals?

To not reduce the chances of the current Semi-Final participants to make it to the Grand Final and because of the one-off nature of Australia’s participation, it was decided to add the country to the Grand Final, bringing the total amount of participants to 27, along with 10 qualifiers from each Semi-Final, host country Austria, and the so-called Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).

What if Australia wins? Would the contest take place down under?

No. In case Australia wins, SBS will co-host the Eurovision Song Contest in a European city, together with an EBU Member Broadcaster. Their participation is intended as a one-off, but in case of a victory, Australia will be allowed send a participant to the Eurovision Song Contest next year.

Could Australia or other countries outside of Europe take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in the future?

Australia’s Eurovision Song Contest participation is a one-off initiative. But throughout its 60 years of development, new elements have been introduced to keep the Eurovision Song Contest exciting, surprising and relevant to the spirit of time. Who knows what the future will bring, as excitement about this European tradition spreads to other countries around the world?

How and when will Australia choose its participant?

It is up to broadcaster SBS in Australia to decide how they wish to select their entry for Vienna. They will have to do so – like all other participating broadcasters – before the 16th of March, when all entries have to be submitted to the EBU.

Why Australia, and not other countries?

Australia has a long tradition of broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest and a loyal fan base watching the event every year. Broadcaster SBS from Australia is also an Associate Member of the EBU.
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QUOTE(Toby @ Feb 10 2015, 06:09 PM) *
Unless my Geography is off, Australia isn't in Europe?

NO SHIT BABE
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I just don't understand the logic and reasoning behind it.

Plus, If I was a Eastern European country who came 11th in the semi final, I'd be pretty pissed at an AUSTRALIAN ENTRY AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIED, because their country broadcasts the f***ing show.

This is all Christer's fault for allowing them to have a film in the semi final in 2013. LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW
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post Feb 10 2015, 05:15 PM
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Delta please
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post Feb 10 2015, 05:17 PM
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What! I legitimately had to check we hadn't timeskipped to the first of April.

I mean, I'm for this, it's exciting and a fantastic left-field thing to do for contest 60. Let them at it!
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post Feb 10 2015, 05:18 PM
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I'm actually really excited about this! Bonzer! kink.gif

Also to be fair Israel isn't in Europe either. And Russia soon won't be the way it's going...


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post Feb 10 2015, 05:19 PM
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I'm all for it too, mainly because many of my favourite artists are Australian, they'd better use this opportunity to send someone incredible.
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QUOTE(AdamAloud @ Feb 10 2015, 06:14 PM) *
I just don't understand the logic and reasoning behind it.

Plus, If I was a Eastern European country who came 11th in the semi final, I'd be pretty pissed at an AUSTRALIAN ENTRY AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIED, because their country broadcasts the f***ing show.

This is all Christer's fault for allowing them to have a film in the semi final in 2013. LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW

I don't see why not. It's a little one-off curio, and considering the devotion for the contest down there for so long I think it's a nice idea. And an absolute PR coup for the EBU - this is immediately going to get more interest in the year than ever, before we even know who's entering. I'd understand the anger if it was just crowbarring in, say, the USA or China, but Australia have a genuine following that no other country outside the European Broadcasting Area really does.
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Ok then.

Samantha Jade please.
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QUOTE(Martyn @ Feb 10 2015, 06:19 PM) *
Ok then.

Samantha Jade please.

Fuck THAT! If they're going in once I want them going ALL IN. None of these SECOND RATE REALITY STARS THANK YOU
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Australia will SLAY this
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QUOTE(Qassändra @ Feb 10 2015, 05:19 PM) *
I don't see why not. It's a little one-off curio, and considering the devotion for the contest down there for so long I think it's a nice idea. And an absolute PR coup for the EBU - this is immediately going to get more interest in the year than ever, before we even know who's entering. I'd understand the anger if it was just crowbarring in, say, the USA or China, but Australia have a genuine following that no other country outside the European Broadcasting Area really does.


A PR coup indeed but will it be for the right reasons?? Especially here in the UK, I fear the contest will be seen as more of a joke than it is now. I just told my dad who isn't against the contest and will watch it and he said 'So it's a total joke now then'.

And I think a lot of people will vote for Australia for the LOLZ.
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QUOTE(Iz~ @ Feb 10 2015, 05:17 PM) *
What! I legitimately had to check we hadn't timeskipped to the first of April.


Ditto!

But OMG I couldn't be more on board and excited about this and everything about it. The idea sounds iconic and I'm already rooting for them to win, just imagine! laugh.gif

My hype for this year's contest has just shot up 100% with this news.
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The only way it can be seen as more of a joke now is because of the definitions people put in their heads of European boundaries, and equating that with 'Eurovision' which, given other continents do not have successful well-known versions of Eurovision, shouldn't really matter as much as people like to think they do. I don't see why they can't stretch those for one contest, people have learned to live with nations that are not strictly all in Europe (and some not in Europe at all) for years.

Plus it's quite a nice thing to do as a reward for their fandom over the years.
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