There's only one week left to enter our national contest to find the song that will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
Submissions to Eurovision - Australia Decides will close on Sunday November 4, meaning that songwriters have less than one week left to submit an original composition as part of the selection process.
There are no restrictions on the number of songs composers and songwriters, both published and unpublished, can submit.
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“Hundreds of songwriters across Australia have already submitted a diverse mix of songs – from pop to country, ballad to thrash metal, novelty to opera and everything in between," says SBS Commissioning Editor of Entertainment, Josh Martin. “There have been entries from famous songwriters and composers alongside unpublished and emerging songwriters - some as young as 12.”
Australia's Eurovision Head of Delegation and Director of production partner, Blink TV, Paul Clarke said: "We are looking for songs that will really touch the hearts of Europe. Come on Australia, we need drama, daring, and diversity. That’s what it takes to be noticed at Eurovision.
"We know a lot of songwriters and producers will be working down to the wire of the deadline next week. It’s worth saying that the song doesn’t have to be finished, it can just be a demo - but it must be in by November 4.”
Songs will be shortlisted later in the year and paired with some of Australia’s most recognised artists. Eurovision - Australia Decides will take place as a series of live events to be held on the Gold Coast on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February and the Live Show will be broadcast exclusively on SBS on Saturday 9 February. The public will vote during the Live Show, along with the Jury, to determine the artist and song that will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel in May 2019.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast exclusively on SBS in May 2019. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will be at the helm of SBS’s Eurovision coverage to bring Australians every angle of the contest as they explore the razzmatazz, kitsch, showbiz, cultural displays and heart of Eurovision – the artists and songs.
Tickets to attend the Eurovision - Australia Decides shows will be available for purchase. Full details will be announced soon.
JURY SHOW Friday 8 February, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre - National Jury Vote
MATINEE Saturday 9 February, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
LIVE SHOW Saturday 9 February, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre - Public Vote
*Live and Exclusive TV Broadcast on SBS*