• Hosts Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst at Eurovision - Australia Decides 2019 (SBS)Source: SBS
The premiere event in this party weekend has more riding on it than you might think.
Staff writers

14 Jan 2019 - 1:32 PM  UPDATED 29 Aug 2019 - 9:09 AM

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 has been adopted now that Australia decides who will represent us Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest. When 10 of Australia’s hottest acts take to the stage on Queensland’s Gold Coast in February 2020 to vie for the honour of representing Australia in the Netherlands, the winner will be decided by an equal combination of public/jury votes.

How to see the Opening Night 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 Opening Night Show, you need to get along in person. 

Concert 1 - Opening Night Show 
This will take place on Friday 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 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 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 on SBS. Like with Eurovision, performers will find out on stage how they have done.

Interested in attending the Eurovision – Australia Decides shows? For the ultimate Eurovision fan, grab your 2 day pass which gives you access to all three Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 performances

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



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


Who will represent Australia at Eurovision in 2020?
Australia's Eurovision selection show returns in February - and we want your songs!
Submit your song to the 'Eurovision - Australia Decides' Song Portal!
Click through to submit your song to 'Eurovision - Australia Decides'. (External site)