SBS today announced that multi-talented singer and ARIA Award winner Guy Sebastian will represent Australia at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna, Austria and broadcast on SBS from Wednesday May 20 to Sunday May 24.
5 Mar 2015 - 10:01 AM  UPDATED 5 May 2015 - 11:25 AM

Guy Sebastian's Eurovision performance will be a celebration of Australian music and culture and marks the first time in Eurovision history Australia has been invited to compete at the contest as a wild card entry to celebrate 60 years of Eurovision.

The Eurovision Song Contest reached an Australian audience of over 3 million* in 2014 and an international audience of over 195 million people and SBS and production partner Blink TV agreed that Guy Sebastian was the perfect artist to showcase Australian music on the world’s biggest stage.

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid says “Guy’s vocal talents are unrivalled and he has the experience, maturity and strength of character to represent us in this competition."

“Australians love to compete, and we wanted to find someone who we can all believe in and get behind, and Guy is the perfect artist to represent Australia and SBS on the world’s stage.”

Guy Sebastian says “it's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.
It is the biggest music event in the world with an amazing history and tradition and I’m truly honoured to be invited to represent Australia in its first time ever in the competition.”

Australian audiences first discovered Guy Sebastian when he was crowned the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003, and he has since gone on to release 8 studio albums with Sony Music Entertainment Australia, with accumulated sales in excess of 4.5 million units.

With 51 platinum and seven gold certifications Guy has become one of Australia’s most successful male artists. In 2013, his single Battle Scars went Platinum in the US, making Guy one of few artists in Australian music history to achieve this. His performance at Eurovision is an incredible opportunity to introduce Guy to European audiences.

More details on Guy’s performance at Eurovision and which song he will perform will be released in the coming weeks.

 

Watch Guy Sebastian perform for Australia at the Eurovision Grand Final Sunday 24th May.

Semi-Final 1 Friday 22 May | Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May | Grand Final Sunday 24 May