SBS has announced that they will select the artist and the song internally that will represent Australia’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Previously, from 2019 until 2022, Australia has used Eurovision: Australia Decides to select their representatives. It is also notable that Australia has used the internal selection from their debut year, 2015, until 2018.
SBS has released this statement:
“We are thrilled to confirm that Australia will once again compete in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest next year, with hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey at the helm. However, after three years of celebrating and working with local music artists through our Eurovision selection show, Eurovision – Australia Decides, we’ve made the difficult decision not to go ahead with the program in 2023.
Over the past few months, we have been exploring ways we could deliver the event to Australian audiences next year however, a variety of factors contributed to us coming to this decision.
We are proud to continue to be the home of the Eurovision Song Contest and we look forward to celebrating 40 years of broadcasting Eurovision to all Australians in the coming year.”
Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest seven times, with their debut in 2015. Sheldon Riley represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song “Not the Same” which brought back Australia in the grand final. He finished 15th place in the grand final with 125 points.
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