As Much as I love Jessica Mauboy and the song she sang at Eurovision 2018, hmm there just wasn’t enough – Wind Machines – Back Up Dancers (as in zero) – LIGHTS? HELLO?? – Over the top Dress, Hair, Heels and Glitter – maybe some acrobatics?

C’mon Australia – Europeans want POP and Colour! So bloody give it to them.

I mean look, what would I know? but…. I imagine a bit of a ‘Moulin Rouge‘ – because she “Can – Can – Can” wouldn’t go astray..

Thank the Lord – Australians will now be able to vote (like Big Brother) and choose who we feel has the best outfit, back up dancers, lighting Song for the next Eurovision Song Contest.

Hosted at a special event on the Gold Coast this February, SBS has announced.

SBS and production partner Blink TV will host the new national contest ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides which will ultimately select the artist and song Australia will be sending to the Eurovision Semi Finals in Tel Aviv Israel, 2019.

The contest will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre over several nights next February, with performances broadcast live on SBS and voting open to the public. YESSSSSSSSSS !! Finally!

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As our country’s passion for Eurovision continues to grow, we are inundated by fans wanting to have their say in choosing who represents Australia on the world’s biggest stage,” SBS Acting Managing Director James Taylor said.

This will be the first time that Australians can enjoy a Eurovision show live on home soil and we are delighted to begin this next chapter in Australia’s Eurovision journey.

SBS is accepting song submissions until November 4, with several criteria for entrants but no limit on the number of songs that can be submitted.

The shortlisted songs will be paired with Australian singers and the public and a jury will vote to choose who will represent us at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest next May.

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest competition was won by Israeli performer Netta with her song “Toy”, with Australian performer Jessica Mauboy finishing in a lack lustre 20th place. (well now you know – Lights – Glitter – Pop!)

The Australia Decides event is similar to national contests held by European nations such as the UK, Sweden and Italy, to select Eurovision entrants and songs. All previous Australian entries have been chosen internally.

SBS has screened the Eurovision Song Contest for 35 years and next year will be the fifth time Australia has competed in the event.

The Hosts of SBS Eurovision coverage, Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, said the new selection show would be a great opportunity to uncover some new Australian talent.

STOP – Sorry, what happened to Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang? They were fantastic Eurovision hosts! Can we vote on the 2019 Eurovision hosts as well @ SBS?

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In 1994, a band now known as Silverchair won a competition run by SBS’s Nomad program, with support from Triple J, with their hit song ‘Tomorrow’ – now an Aussie classic,” Warhurst said.

“Can we back it up with another worldwide smash hit?”

Eurovision – Australia Decides is a great opportunity for songwriters, both published and unpublished, to show us what they’ve got and for a suite of Australian artists to bring these songs to life on stage in February.”

Creasey added, “I can’t wait to be part of the first ever Eurovision selection show in the Southern Hemisphere and find the next Aussie classic, up there with the likes of Farnsy’s ‘You’re the Voice’, Braithwaite’s ‘The Horses’ or my personal favourite, the seminal debut single from Bardot, ‘Poison’. (out of all of those three choices only ONE may have been good enough – Bardot and not even that song.. hopeless..)

Someone chuck on some roller skates and do a re make of Xanadu – PRONTO!

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