AUSTRALIA – Australia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) will organise the national final Eurovision – Australia Decides in order to select the Australian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a “one-off” special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part.
In 2015, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final of the contest and was allowed to vote during both semi-finals and the final; however, for the 2016 contest, Australia would have to qualify to the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was allocated to compete.
In 2018, Australia was represented by Jessica Mauboy and the song “We Got Love”. The country ended in twentieth place in the grand final with 99 points.
On 14 October 2018, SBS announced that for the first time, they would hold a national final to select the Australian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Eurovision – Australia Decides national final will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 8 and 9 February 2019, with a jury preview show, matinee preview show and live TV final, hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey.
The winner will be determined via the combination of a public televote (50%) and the votes of a professional jury panel (50%).