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Why is Australia participating in Eurovision?

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Australia is one of 25 countries participating in today’s final of the eurovision song contestthe contest in which they compete all territories within the EBU (European Broadcasting Union): the European countries and the Arab countries facing the Mediterranean, as well as the belonging to the Council of Europe. Why is Australia participating then?

As explained by the Eurovision official website, Australian public television, SBS, is an associate but not active member of the EBU. This dates back to 2015, when Australia was invited to participate in the festival-in the interval act- in the Second Semifinal of the 2014 Contest. That year Jessica Mauboy performed the song Sea Of Flags. The truth is that the artist returned to step on a Eurovision stage four years later. This time within the competition and representing her country with the We Got Love song.

A year later, Australia was invited to compete for the first time to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision, shipping Guy Sebastian with Tonight Again. What was initially established conceived as a unique contributiontoday Eurovision assures that its participation is confirmed until at least 2023.

In fact, the Australian involvement has not gone unnoticed, as last year she made her mark by being the first to compete remotely due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where would the Eurovision be held if Australia won?

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As noted above, the SBS public broadcaster acts as an associate member of the European Broadcasting Union. This implies that, with the current regulations, he could not organize the contest in his country if he won, according to The world.

In this sense, in 2016 the australian government signed an agreement with the Icelandic chain so that, in the event of an Australian victory, the festival will be organized there as a collaboration.

Source: Lasexta

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