After taking part as a “one off” this year in Vienna, and after finishing in 5th place in the Grand Final, the EBU announced today that Australia will take part in the Eurovision 2016 as well!
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest stated:
The feedback we got from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters after Australia’s participation in Vienna was overwhelmingly positive. We strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event. Australia’s continued participation is an exciting step in that direction.
Australia was one of the direct finalists in Eurovision in Vienna, but they will have to compete in the semi final next year. The Reference Group voted unanimously in favour of Australia’s participation in Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm.
Michael Ebeid, the CEO and Managing Director of SBS Australia said:
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.
As it was stated for 2015, should Australia win the Contest next year in Sweden, the 2017 edition of the Contest will be co-hosted by SBS and a European broadcaster.