Australia in 2016 Euro Song Contest17 November 2015 by News Desk
Australia has been invited to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.
At the 2015 contest, Guy Sebastian performed as the Australian entry and came fifth with his song, Tonight Again. Now Australia will take part again – but next year the country will have to compete in one of the two Semi-Finals.
Eurovision chiefs have yet to decide whether Australia will become a permanent participant in the contest.
Guy Sebastian’s performance at the contest last May made history – it was the first time Australia took part, it was the event’s 60th anniversary and it marked Australia’s 30-year of broadcasting the show.
“The feedback we got from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters after Australia’s participation in Vienna was overwhelmingly positive,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand.
“We 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.”
The next Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 10, 12 and 14 May, 2016, in Stockholm’s Globe Arena. 41 countries will take part.