• Pictured: The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Jury Show. (Getty)
The Friday 8 February event has more riding on it than you might think.
Staff writers

14 Jan 2019 - 1:32 PM  UPDATED 14 Jan 2019 - 1:32 PM

Fans will tell you that the most gripping part of Eurovision is the nail-biting reveal of how the general public has voted. The process of tallying the live results of an international popularity contest is the stuff of HIGH DRAMA. But did you know that the result of the public vote is only half the Eurovision story? There’s just as much riding on the decision of a jury of music industry professionals, who cast their votes during a separate jury show.

Eurovision has two votes - a jury vote and the public vote

This 50/50 weighted vote between public and Jury voting is a tried and true method for ensuring that consideration is given to Eurovision Song Contest acts by both professional peers and audience popularity. It’s a formula that will be adopted when, for the first time ever, Australia decides who will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. When 10 of Australia’s hottest acts take to the stage on Queensland’s Gold Coast in February to vie for the honour of representing Australia in Tel Aviv, the winner will be decided by an equal combination of public/jury votes.

How to see the Jury vote show

There will be three live shows held on the Gold Coast, but only one of the shows will be broadcast live on television. If you want to see the all-important Jury show, you need to get along in person. 

Concert 1 - The Jury Preview Show 
This will take place on Friday 8 February at 7.30pm. The show will not be broadcast, and will mark the first chance that audiences in attendance will have the opportunity to watch the 10 acts perform their songs before a live audience and the crucial panel of industry judges.

The Jury Show event is run exactly as if it were the Live Final, and, with 50 percent of the vote at stake, a show-stopping performance in the Jury Show puts a performer in very good stead as they go into the following day’s Live Final. 

Concert 2 - Matinee Preview Show
On Saturday 9 February at 1pm, this daytime concert will be a great opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the 10 acts on stage.  

Concert 3 - Australia Decides
This is where you get YOUR chance to vote. This live show with all 10 acts will be broadcast at 7:30pm on SBS on 9 February. Like with Eurovision, performers will find out on stage how they have done.

First 7 artists revealed

Electric Fields
Kate Miller-Heidke
Mark Vincent
Courtney Act
Leea Nanos

The final three artists will be announced very soon.

Interested in attending the Eurovision – Australia Decides Jury Preview Show? Book tickets here, or find out more about travelling to Gold Coast for the event at the dedicated event page.

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