• Tania Doko (l) and Sheppard have released their songs for Eurovision - Australia Decides (SBS Eurovision)
The live show broadcasts LIVE on Saturday 9 February at 8.30pm AEDT on SBS
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Staff writers

1 Feb 2019 - 7:52 AM  UPDATED 1 Feb 2019 - 7:52 AM

With just one week until show time, SBS and production partner Blink TV today announced the final two songs for Eurovision – Australia Decides. Much-loved indie band Sheppard will sing the ultimate love song On My Way, while ARIA award-winner Tania Doko’s Piece of Me is full of heart. 

Sheppard says, “On My Way is about someone craving the uncontrollable heat and passion they feel when they are with the one they love. It’s about excitedly making their way to reunite with their lover, wherever that may be in the world. We love it because it’s quite musically complex, but very easy to listen to.” 

Tania Doko says, “As the song suggests, I am giving Aussie audiences a Piece of Me, and for me that’s pretty special as I’ve been living in Sweden for ten years and I genuinely miss performing in Australia. 

“For me it’s another reminder of an inescapable truth - that we are all people, not machines. We live in a fast-paced world, and we can all feel like everyone wants a piece of us. But at the end of the day, what’s it all for? Who represents home? Sometimes we forget the ‘why’ and take those closest for granted.” 

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. 

During the Jury Preview Show on Friday 8 February, a Jury of industry experts will vote. During the Live TV Final on Saturday 9 February, the Australian public can vote for their favourite acts via SMS*. The public vote makes up half of the overall vote and public voting will close at approximately 10:15pm AEDT. The winner that receives the most points overall will go on to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in May.

The final ten acts vying for their shot to represent Australia on the world’s biggest stage are: award-winning artist Kate Miller-Heidke with Zero Gravity, indie pop band Sheppard with On My Way, classical crossover star Mark Vincent with This Is Not The End, modern electric-soul duo Electric Fields with 2000 and Whatever, legendary drag queen and reality television veteran Courtney Act with Fight for Love, charismatic pop star Aydan with Dust, 16-year-old singer-songwriter Leea Nanos with Set Me Free, rock music icon Ella Hooper with Data Dust, bona fide Aussie pop legend Tania Doko with Piece of Me and The Voice winner Alfie Arcuri with To Myself

But wait, there’s more… Joining the star-studded line-up for an unforgettable half-time performance is Australian Eurovision royalty Dami Im who returns to the Eurovision stage after claiming second place in Sweden in 2016 with her power ballad Sound of Silence. 

In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February and tickets for the Jury Preview Show,  Matinee Preview Show and Live TV Final are now on sale. 

Be a part of history and see it live at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

JURY PREVIEW SHOW
Friday 8 February, 7.30pm AEST (Not televised)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

MATINEE PREVIEW SHOW   
Saturday 9 February, 1.00pm AEST (Not televised)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

LIVE TV FINAL 
Saturday 9 February, 7.30pm AEST
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Live and Exclusive TV Broadcast on SBS

 

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.

Broadcast times across Australia:

NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT                   8:30pm – 11:00pm         AEDT

QLD                                         7:30pm – 10:00pm         AEST

SA                                            8:00pm – 10:30pm         ACDT

WA                                           5:30pm – 8:00pm          AWST

NT                                            7:00pm – 9:30pm          ACST

*Voting opens at 1:00am AEDT on Saturday 9 February. To register an SMS vote, voters must text the song number (as promoted in program) of their favourite Act to 1991 3773. Premium SMS must be enabled to vote. Voting costs $0.55 per vote and the maximum number of votes is 20 per mobile phone provider. By casting a valid vote for Eurovision – Australia Decides voters will automatically be entered into the “Eurovision – Australia Decides – Win the Ultimate Trip to the Gold Coast!” competition. 

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