Australia's Eurovision selection show returns in February - and we want your songs!
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SBS Eurovision

29 Aug 2019 - 7:24 AM  UPDATED 12 Sep 2019 - 3:07 PM

 

  • SBS announces Eurovision – Australia Decides to return in 2020
  • Song portal now open for submissions

SBS and production partner Blink TV today announced Eurovision – Australia Decides will return to the Gold Coast in February 2020, giving Australians the chance to vote for the artist and song to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands.

In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the City of Gold Coast and Screen Queensland, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February and tickets for the Opening Night Show, Matinee Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.

Hosted by SBS Eurovisionaries comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action. Audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite acts and the winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February.

“Following on from Kate Miller-Heidke’s history-making performance in 2019, I cannot wait to see who Australia will choose to represent us in 2020 and the first step on this journey is submitting a song," said SBS Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Josh Martin. "With a truly diverse and inclusive line up, the inaugural Eurovision – Australia Decides was a great success – and we want this one to be bigger and better than ever!

“There is such an incredible depth and breadth of musical talent in our country – both established and emerging. SBS has been the home of Eurovision in Australia for more than 35 years and we’re thrilled to be able to provide this exciting new platform for artists to launch original Australian music globally.”

"Who will wear the crown? Which artist and which song will represent Australia at Eurovision 2020? We are delighted to be working with Queensland and The City of Gold Coast to create Australia’s only original song contest for TV," said Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, Paul Clarke. "We can promise we have the makings of another excellent Eurovision weekend on the way. There will be some surprises in the format, and some real surprises about who will be competing. Please Eurovision fans, don’t miss out – get your tickets early!"

SBS is again calling on songwriters across Australia to submit an original composition as part of the selection process via sbs.com.au/eurovision. The song portal is now open for submissions until 30 September 2019. There are no restrictions on the number of songs composers and songwriters, both published and unpublished, can submit.


 

FAQs

Can anyone enter?

Any Australian citizen or Permanent Resident can enter. Songwriters under the age of 16 will require a parent or guardian's permission.

Can I enter more than one song?

Yes, but each original song will need to be uploaded separately.

What if I have trouble submitting a song through the portal?

Send an email to eurovision@sbs.com.au with details about the issue you're having, and someone will be in touch within 72 hours to offer assistance. 


 

Songs will be shortlisted and announced later this year, along with the ten Australian artists set to compete for their shot to represent Australia on the world’s biggest stage. Then it’s up to the Australian public and a Jury to decide who will take the stage at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to compete for Eurovision glory.

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

To purchase tickets: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=EUROVISI20

 

OPENING NIGHT SHOW       

Friday 7 February, 7.30pm AEST (Not televised)

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Jury Vote

 

MATINEE SHOW                    

Saturday 8 February, 1.00pm AEST (Not televised)

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

LIVE TV FINAL                      

Saturday 8 February, 7.30pm AEST (Live and Exclusive TV Broadcast on SBS)

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Public Vote and Winner Announced

 

Link for event info and to purchase tickets: eurovisionaustralia.tv

Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 airs live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February

 

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

 

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