Why is the USA not invited to Eurovision?

Why is Australia taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest? What happens if Australia wins the ESC 2019? There are answers to these questions here.

The Australian participant Kate Miller-Heidke qualified for the final of the ESC 2019 with her song "Don't Come Easy". If you believe the bookmaker's odds, then she has a very good chance of winning.

Wait a minute: The Australian participant in the Eurovision Song Contest? Well, Russia, Azerbaijan and Israel are not necessarily part of the European heartland either. But Australia is thousands of kilometers away from Europe. To be more precise: over 14,000 kilometers as the crow flies from Germany. So why is Australia taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest today?

Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia) competes with "Zero Gravity" at the ESC 2019

The official German side of the Eurovision Song Contest states on this question that the Eurovision Song Contest is not about a European competition. Aha! Then at least the title of the competition is a little misleading.

As contradicting as this statement may be - Eurovision.de writes regarding participation in the ESC: "The participating countries are all members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and do not necessarily have to be part of the EU." Mongolia at the ESC.

Why is Australia in the ESC?

The main reason for Australia to participate in the ESC 2019 is probably the popularity of the competition on the continent. In 1974 the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast Down Under for the first time. At that time, the Australian Olivia Newton-John went for Great Britain

into the race and took a good fourth place (by the way, ABBA won the ESC at that time). Since then, the Australians have also been big fans of the Eurovision song content.

Eurovision 1974 - United Kingdom - Olivia Newton John - Long Live Love

It was not until 2014 that an Australian took part in the ESC for the first time: In 2014, Jessica Mauboy only had a guest appearance through the channel SBS. In 2015, Australia received an official invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to host the competition for the first time. Australia was allowed to move into the finals straight away and did not have to qualify in the semifinals. For this, the country had a vote in both semi-final rounds.

Initially, it was planned that Australia would have to win the Eurovision Song Contest in order to be able to participate again the following year. Even if that wasn't the case, the country got another chance to take part in the ESC the following year: But this time Australia had to qualify in a semi-final.

It is the same this year. Kate Miller-Heidke also has to qualify in the semifinals for the final of the ESC 2019. The EBU has yet to make a decision as to whether Australia will be allowed to participate permanently in the ESC as an associated member. Due to the successful performance of the respective participants, however, there are many indications that this could happen in the near future. In February 2019, the EBU announced that Australia would participate in the ESC until at least 2023.

ESC 2019: What happens if Australia wins the Eurovision Song Contest?

If Australia wins the Eurovision Song Contest today with Kate Miller-Heidke, then the ESC 2020 would take place again in a European country. When Australia officially took part in a Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2015, it was determined: If Guy Sebastian wins the ESC, the Australian broadcaster SBS would co-host a European city. In which country? That question is open. Great Britain, which, like Australia, belongs to the Commonwealth, would presumably primarily be considered. The Queen is also the head of state on the Australian continent.

This provision actually contradicts the previous ESC rules. Traditionally, the Eurovision Song Contest always takes place in the country of the previous year's winner. However, since a European competition is not to be relocated to Australia, this compromise was agreed.

In addition to the distance to Europe, there is another important reason for the decision against the ESC in Australia: the time difference. The Australian metropolis Sydney (where a major event like the ESC could probably take place) is eight hours ahead of Germany and core Europe. If the ESC in Australia takes place at 9 p.m. as usual, it would be 1 p.m. for us. If the Australian organizers stick to European time, the ESC would run as usual at 9 p.m. In Australia, however, the artists would have to perform at 5 a.m. In Australia, the ESC has always been transmitted with a time delay due to the time difference.

The question of what happens if Australia wins the ESC is no longer just theoretical. 2015 became the Australian participant

although “only” fifth. Last year, however, this topic almost became acute: The Australian singer brought in

the second place. With 511 points she landed just behind the Ukrainian singer Jamala (534 points) in the overall standings. By the way, the Australian was ahead of the Ukrainian in the jury's assessment (320 to 211 points). In 2017 Isaiah Firebrace came in a good ninth place. Last year Jessica Mauboy only made 20th place.

The Australian ESC participant Kate Miller-Heidke is loud among the bookmakers Eurovisionworld.com currently only in eleventh place. But who knows? There might be a surprise in the end.

In any case, it would be an interesting question as to which challenges the ESC organizers would have to overcome if Australia were to win.

Kate Miller-Heidke is the participant for Australia at the ESC 2019

Australia is sending the trained opera singer Kate Miller-Heidke to the ESC 2019 in Tel Aviv with her song "Zero Gravity". She won Australia's first public preliminary decision, Eurovision 2019: Australia Decides.

From 2002 to 2004 Kate Miller-Heidke was a member of the band Elsewhere. After the group ended, she started her solo career and released her debut album "Litte Eve" in 2007.

Her breakthrough as a solo artist came in 2009 with the single "The Last Day On Earth", which reached number three on the Australian charts. At the same time, Kate Miller-Heidke is still a successful opera singer Down Under.

Her (planned) appearance at ESC 2019 is a little reminiscent of Disney's ice queen. Maybe with the spectacular staging you will achieve a mega-success with the audience today.

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