• Dami Im performs at the dress rehearsal of Eurovision 2016 (Photo by Andres Putting for the EBU) (EBU)
With Australia's Dami Im taking to the stage in Stockholm for Eurovision 2016, the question has to be asked: what happens if Australia wins?
By
Genevieve Dwyer

12 May 2016 - 5:28 PM  UPDATED 12 May 2016 - 5:46 PM

Australia has copped some criticism in recent days for it's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest - not least from the show's British commentator, Graham Norton, who told the UK's Sun "I just do not understand why they are in the Eurovision Song Contest. Get rid of Australia."

In spite of this minority of critics though, Australia's 2016 artist Dami Im has so far blown audiences away in rehearsals where she delivered a powerhouse performance of  her anthem g 'Sound of Silence'.

Dami Im delivers 'powerful' rehearsal ahead of Eurovision semi-final
Ahead of a performance expected to draw a television audience of more than 200 million people, Australia's Eurovision entrant Dami Im has given a stirring rehearsal infront of music jurors from the competition's 42 nations.

She blew the press away in dress rehearsals and Dami's talent has seen her continually rise through the ranks of the international betting odds to consistently rank right near the top. 

So what happens then if Australia wins Eurovision?

We are on the other side of the world after all - it would be tough to convince 40-odd participating European broadcasters to set up camp in the Southern Hemisphere for the Eurovision fortnight. Not to mention the fact that the time difference would make it difficult for the majority of viewers to tune in live.

In fact the Eurovision rules stipulate that the Eurovision Song Contest must be held in Europe, so we can’t actually physically bring the contest to Australia.

Nonetheless, in the event that Dami wins, Australia would partner with a European broadcaster and we would co-host Eurovision 2017 in a European country.

Which country would that be? At this stage it's not confirmed. 

Check out some of this year's competitors for inspiration on who we'd partner well with!

Meet the competitors of Semi-Final 1 - 7.30pm on Fri 13th May on SBS.

Meet the competitors of Semi-Final 2 - 7.30pm on Sat 14th May on SBS.

Meet the competitors of the Grand Final (SPOILERS) - 7.30pm on Sun 15th May on SBS.

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