Eurovision 2016: Australia To Compete In Next Year's Song Contest

Australia will once again compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, it has been confirmed.

Last year, Australia made its debut in the singing contest, to commemorate its 60th anniversary.


While it was initially billed as a one-off, it has now been revealed that Australia will once again be singing for Eurovision glory in 2016, though it is yet to be decided whether this will be a permanent move for future years.

Australia will take to the stage once again

“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.”

Because Australia’s involvement in future Contests is still being decided, if they’re crowned winners in 2016, the 2017 contest will be held “somewhere in Europe”, in a collaboration between SBS and a European broadcaster.

In the 2015 contest, Guy Sebastian became the first act to ever represent Australia in Eurovision, with his song ‘Tonight Again’, eventually finishing in a respectable fifth place.

Conchita Wurst, who famously won the competition in 2014, recently backed the inclusion of Australia in future years, telling Australia’s 774 Melbourne: “I think it's just necessary, basically.”

Next year’s Eurovision final will be broadcast live from Stockholm, on 14 May 2016.

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