Good news for Eurovision fans, as even though Australia’s appearance in this year’s competition was billed as a one off, they have been announced for next year’s contest.
This announcement was made today, by the European Broadcasting Union and Australian broadcaster SBS.
“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. It remains to be seen what such an event may look like in the long run.”
As you might expect from that statement, it still remains unclear if Australia will become a permanent fixture in the contest.
Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, had this to say: “Europe and Australia have a lot in common in regards to cultural values and when a broadcaster is so committed to bring great acts to the contest, the only right thing to do is to be inclusive. This is also a way for many Australians to re-connect with their European roots, and celebrate our shared cultural values and understanding through music.”
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 10, 12 and 14 May, 2016, in Stockholm’s Globe Arena and will be co-hosted by Swedish public broadcaster SVT and the EBU.