Guy Sebastian’s catchy Eurovision song 'Tonight Again' is making waves on European charts, following his stand-out performance in Vienna.
Saturday 23 May 2015

Guy Sebastian is one of the favourites heading into the Eurovision Song Contest grand final but the Australian is talking down his chances, insisting he's simply hoping to avoid embarrassment.

Sebastian's song Tonight Again has created a buzz in Vienna with the bookies ranking him in the top five of 27 finalists.

But the 33-year-old former Idol winner and X Factor judge isn't getting carried away by all the hype.

"A little competitive side of me just doesn't want to come dead last," he told reporters at the Stadthalle arena on Friday night (Saturday morning AEST).

"Because it wouldn't be nice doing interviews in the morning with Australia and them going 'So you embarrassed us - don't come back'."

One reporter pondered aloud whether Prime Minister Tony Abbott should knight Sebastian if Australia - which was invited to compete as a wild card entry - won the title.

"Well, he's handing them out willy-nilly," the ARIA winner replied.

Sebastian will perform 12th on Saturday night - just before the interval.

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Eurovision 2015 is almost here! Head to SBS Eurovision for all the latest Eurovision news, videos and party tips.

Semi-Final 1 Friday 22 May 7:30pm | Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May 7:30pm | Grand Final Sunday 24 May 7:30pm

Guy Sebastian is one of the favourites heading into the Eurovision Song Contest grand final but the Australian is talking down his chances, insisting he's simply hoping to avoid embarrassment.

Sebastian's song Tonight Again has created a buzz in Vienna with the bookies ranking him in the top five of 27 finalists.

But the 33-year-old former Idol winner and X Factor judge isn't getting carried away by all the hype.

"A little competitive side of me just doesn't want to come dead last," he told reporters at the Stadthalle arena on Friday night (Saturday morning AEST).

"Because it wouldn't be nice doing interviews in the morning with Australia and them going 'So you embarrassed us - don't come back'."

"A little competitive side of me just doesn't want to come dead last."

One reporter pondered aloud whether Prime Minister Tony Abbott should knight Sebastian if Australia - which was invited to compete as a wild card entry - won the title.

"Well, he's handing them out willy-nilly," the ARIA winner replied.

Sebastian will perform 12th on Saturday night - just before the interval.

Artists tend to do better if they're in the second half of the show but SBS co-host Julia Zemiro says that late in the opening section is a-okay too.

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Eurovision 2015 is here! Head to SBS Eurovision for all the latest Eurovision news, videos and party tips.

Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May 7:30pm | Grand Final Sunday 24 May 7:30pm

Friday 22 May 2015

In Vienna, it's been another night of fierce competition in the second semi-final.

Preparations for the Eurovision final are in full swing in Australia. 
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Thursday 21 May 2015

Australia's first ever Eurovision contestant Guy Sebastian has been drawing big crowds at rehearsal concerts in Vienna.

Despite battling a cold, Guy says he's confident he can pull off the performance of his life this weekend.

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Semi-Final 1 Friday 22 May 7:30pm | Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May 7:30pm | Grand Final Sunday 24 May 7:30pm

 

It was a night of fierce competition at the first Eurovision semi-final.   

The contest welcomed a punk band and two Australian singers - Mary Jean O'Doherty for Armenia and Katrina Noorbergen for Russia. 

With 16 countries competing for 10 places in the Grand Final, it was never going to be a subtle affair.

Eurovision 2015 is almost here! Head to SBS Eurovision for all the latest Eurovision news, videos and party tips.

Semi-Final 1 Friday 22 May 7:30pm | Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May 7:30pm | Grand Final Sunday 24 May 7:30pm

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Sweden is on track to claim its sixth Eurovision title, with bookmakers and fans tipping the nation will win this year's contest. SBS Europe Correspondent Brett Mason sat down with Måns Zelmerlöw ahead of the semi-finals in Vienna. 

Eurovision five time champions, Sweden, are the hot favourites to take home this year's prize with their pop track, Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw.

"Europe needs a song about hope. I think that could be good. I think we need hope, we need role models, we need heroes this year," Zelmerlöw said.

In a contest packed with ballads, Sweden hope its performance of its power-pop song, which makes clever use of the arena's giant screens, will stand out from the pack.

"Eurovision is really big in Sweden. Melodifestivalen which is the selection process has over like, almost half of the population watching so there is some pressure on my shoulders from back home. But I don't think they will hate me if I don't win. I think I'll still have a career back home. I hope so at least. But obviously I'm competitive so I would want a high score.. that would be great," said Zelmerlöw.

Ireland has won the most Eurovision song contests with 7 titles - followed by Sweden, Luxembourg, France and Britain – which have won 5 titles each.

This year the Swedes are facing some tough competition from other popular song entries from Italy - and Australia.

"I'm just really glad you guys are in Eurovision this year and you're now a part of Europe. Thanks for that... you're very welcome to stay. I think Australia has a great song and I'm a big Guy Sebastian fan," Zelmerlöw said.

Eurovision 2015 is almost here! Head to SBS Eurovision for all the latest Eurovision news, videos and party tips.

Semi-Final 1 Friday 22 May 7:30pm | Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May 7:30pm | Grand Final Sunday 24 May 7:30pm