Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 9 February, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase some of Australia's biggest acts, singing original compositions, for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
These are the proud Aussie acts taking to the stage:
“We’re excited at the prospect of representing Australia in what feels like the pop music Olympics. The fact that this is the first time the show has ever taken part in Australia and letting the public decide who gets to go to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is really exciting for us. It will be an historic television event that we look forward to being a part of!”
“I’ve never done anything like this before. I do feel vulnerable putting myself out there in a competitive setting. I’m trying to ignore that element, and thinking of it as a very eclectic celebration of Australian music. I think there will be a lot of solidarity amongst the performers.”
“This opportunity to compete in Eurovision - Australia Decides means everything to me. I’ve been a Eurovision fan since I was young and love the incredible voices and talents that have emerged. I’m going to bring everything I’ve got to the stage. I’ve been working my entire life for this moment, and I can’t wait to perform for you.”
“The Eurovision Song Contest is the Olympics of camp! It’s a flamboyant spectacle and we’re excited to be part of the first ever Eurovision selection show on home soil. We want to tell a story on stage with fierce energy that will hopefully shoot through the cameras and out of the TV screens at home.”
“A sweet 16 years after Australian Idol I have the chance to show Australia how I have grown as an artist and a performer and I am so excited. To compete to represent Oz in Eurovision is second only to being on that stage in Tel Aviv and singing my lungs out for my country. I've sat at home every year since Guy Sebastian competed in 2015 and have been so keen to be a part of it. Now, this might be my chance!”
“It's unbelievable to be participating in Eurovision – Australia Decides. Having been a fan of Eurovision, it's really hard to comprehend that I am going to have a shot at representing our country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. I have such a supportive fan base and I am hoping that together we’ll go on this journey and see a new generation of Eurovision fans.”
“Being involved in Eurovision – Australia Decides means everything to me and the reality hasn't quite sunk in yet! Being the youngest and most inexperienced in the competition I know I'll need to really bring my A-game to the stage. It's unreal that I've got this opportunity to perform on the same stage as all of these high-profile Australian artists - artists I admire and aspire to be like. I feel truly honoured.”
“It’s an honour to be involved in a competition that celebrates and embraces music and diversity... and to take this journey alongside such amazing Australian talents is truly incredible! There’s always something special about the first - scary but exciting!”
“It’s very exciting to be involved in anything that is the first of its kind, and in recent years I have become more and more fascinated with Eurovision, so it’s perfect timing! I’m hoping to bring a bit of traditional rock ‘n’ roll energy to a bombastic performance of a meaningful pop song.”
“This is one of those unplanned, didn’t-see-this-coming little chapter in my career I’m embracing with a sense of adventure and excitement. Then, as a songwriter performing a song I co-wrote, there’s the icing on the cake right there!”
Watch Eurovision: Australia Decides Live!
There will be three live shows held on the Gold Coast, but only one of the shows will be broadcast live on television. If you want to see the all-important Jury show, you need to get along in person.
Concert 1 - The Jury Preview Show
This will take place on Friday 8 February at 7.30pm. The show will not be broadcast, and will mark the first chance that audiences in attendance will have the opportunity to watch the 10 acts perform their songs before a live audience and the crucial panel of industry judges.
The Jury Show event is run exactly as if it were the Live Final, and, with 50 percent of the vote at stake, a show-stopping performance in the Jury Show puts a performer in very good stead as they go into the following day’s Live Final.
Concert 2 - Matinee Preview Show
On Saturday 9 February at 1pm, this daytime concert will be a great opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the 10 acts on stage.
Concert 3 - Australia Decides
This is where you get YOUR chance to vote. This live show with all 10 acts will be broadcast at 7:30pm on SBS on 9 February. Like with Eurovision, performers will find out on stage how they have done.
To purchase tickets: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=EUROVISI19
Eurovision – Australia Decides airs Saturday 9 February live on SBS, when voting will be open to the public, and every vote counts.
Stay tuned to the SBS Eurovision website for updates sbs.com.au/eurovision