• Singer Jessica Mauboy will be joining SBS Eurovision hosts Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark. (SBS)
Australian singer Jessica Mauboy has been invited to perform at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest - the first non-European Union solo artist to grace the stage as a guest performer.
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SBS

26 Mar 2014 - 10:24 AM  UPDATED 26 Mar 2014 - 10:22 PM
  • Eurovision will air on Friday May 9 to Sunday May 11 on SBS ONE.
  • Jessica Mauboy’s Eurovision performance will be broadcast on Saturday May 10.
  • 'Jess Mauboy’s Road to Eurovision' documentary will screen on Saturday May 10 at 7.30pm

Australian singer Jessica Mauboy has been invited to perform at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest - the first non-European Union solo artist to grace the stage as a guest performer.

Ms Mauboy will perform an original song that she co-wrote during the song contest’s second semi-final night. 

“I am super excited and honoured to have been invited to perform as a guest at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” Ms Mauboy said.

“Like so many Aussies, I have loved watching the show from my lounge room and now to be a part of one of the world’s biggest music shows is just incredible. I can’t wait to bring a little bit of Australia to the contest.”

Watch: Extended interview with Jessica Mauboy

The Eurovision Song Contest attracts an international audience of over 180 million people, and has a huge Australian fan base. SBS Television has broadcasting the song contest for more than 30 years.

“We are very excited to have secured an opportunity for Australia to be represented at Eurovision and so proud that Jessica Mauboy will be representing our country to Eurovision’s world audience,” said SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid.

“As a young Indigenous artist who has achieved  global success, Jessica’s performance will be a fantastic coup for Eurovision’s worldwide audience… We are honoured that the European Broadcasting Union has supported us to achieve this ambition.”

Ms Mauboy recently appeared on iconic television show Sesame Street singing an Australian song Five Kangaroos with children from the Yipirinya School in Alice Springs where Jessica is Ambassador.

More details on SBS's Eurovision coverage across television, radio and online will be announced in the following weeks.