Our next country is Australia! Yup, you read that correctly. In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision and to emphasize the slogan of "building bridges" the EBU has decided to invite Australia to participate in the grand finale of Eurovision this year! From the way the announcement was made, it seems as though this is a one off event. This would seem to be the case as the EBU invited Australia to participate directly in the grand finale although it is not one of the Big 5. Additionally, many people might find it weird that a non-European country would be allowed to participate, but alas, some might argue that some of the current entries barely qualify as Europe themselves.
Although, if it is a one-off event it might be interesting to see what happens if Australia does end up winning. It would drastically increase the costs of the show as now every single participant would need to fly all the way to Australia. Additionally, it would be the first time that the show would take place outside of the European continent. It would then bring up the question of whether Australia would be allowed to remain in the competition, or if they would still not be allowed to compete again. That in itself might anger quite a few Australians and I'm sure the EBU wouldn't want a mini-riot on their hands. And considering the song they are bringing to Eurovision, this is a very real possibility.
Without further ado, we announce Guy Sebastian as the representative for Australia! He'll be singing Tonight again at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and although it was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in just two days, it's a genius work of art that fits in perfectly with Eurovision and also seems to be a message to Europe from Australia. They could not have submitted a more perfect song. Here is the song in all its glory.
As you can see, it's an amazing song. It has a fun beat to it that sings directly to the audience and Guy's voice reminds me of Bruno Mars which has had a prolific career with his unique voice. He was the winner of Australian Idol in 2003 and after having a successful music career he became a judge on Australia's version of the X Factor. With 7 albums under his belt, 71 award nominations and 45 wins including Bet Pop Release and Best Live Act from ARIA in 2013 he will definitely bring an amazing performance to the stage of Eurovision. With six chart toppers, I'm excited.
Good luck to Australia in this year's Eurovision and I'm hoping we'll see more of them in coming years.