AUSTRALIA – Herald Sun reports that SBS confirmed that EUROVISION: AUSTRALIA DECIDES will be used for the 2020 selection of the country’s Eurovision participation. It was also announced that there will be two show on February 7th and 8th at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest five times since their debut at the 2015 contest in Vienna. The country’s best result in the contest is a second-place finish for Dami Im in 2016.
Australia also finished in the top ten in three of its other appearances in the contest, with Guy Sebastian finishing fifth in 2015, and both Isaiah Firebrace and Kate Miller-Heidke finishing ninth in 2017 and 2019.
Australia’s participation in the 2015 contest was set to be a one-off event, the plan being only to perform again the following year had they won, but it was confirmed in November 2015 by SVT that they would participate in the 2016 contest.
Australia is the first country from the Oceania region (and the second country outside Eurasia, after Morocco in 1980) to participate in the contest.