Good news everyone! SBS Australia and production partner Blink TV have revealed that pop phenomenon and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Måns Zelmerlöw is headed to cheer on, and judge Australian hopefuls for Eurovision – Australia Decides February 8th.
As if you could forget the casually handsome Swede’s memorable stage version of his uplifting multi-platinum hit Heroes in Vienna.
After winning, his entry peaked at #1 on iTunes in 21 countries and his tour across Europe took him to 22 cities – most of them at sold out venues. In 2016, he co-hosted the song contest in Stockholm, Sweden with Petra Mede together performing Love, Love, Peace, Peace–an affectionate send-up of the contest.
Last year in Tel Aviv, Zelmerlöw returned to accompany fellow Eurovision alumni Conchita Wurst, Verka Serduchka and Eleni Foureira to perform the Switch Song, a medley of each other’s hits. His stripped back acoustic version of Foureira’s 2018 Fuego has soared in popularity since being posted online.
Måns Zelmerlöw said: “I’m so excited to come back to my favourite country to perform, and to be a guest judge on the National Eurovision selection show! Australia has sent great songs ever since they joined the Eurovision Song Contest and I think 2020 could be THE year. I might sing a line or two from my winning song from 2015 and from my newest single, Walk with Me, featuring the wonderful Dami Im. Can’t wait to see you all!”
Joining him in Australia is Eurovision boss Jon Ola Sand who will step down as Executive Supervisor after Rotterdam 2020. Over the past decade, Jon Ola has become synonymous with the Eurovision Song Contest among the hundreds of millions of viewers who’ve watched him throw to the voting segment with the iconic phrase “take it away.”
Kate Miller-Heidke, well-known for representing Australia in Tel Aviv last year, will return to the stage where it all began for her to perform Zero Gravity.
Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusive on SBS from 8.30pm AEDT (10.30am CET) on Saturday 8 February, the national selection, now in its second year, will showcase 10 Australian artists, both established and emerging performing original songs, for the chance to represent the Australia in Rotterdam.