Australia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “We Got Love” written by Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci and Jessica Mauboy. The song was performed by Jessica Mauboy, who was internally selected by the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) to represent the nation at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Mauboy was announced as the Australian representative on 11 December 2017. The song Mauboy performed, “We Got Love”, was presented to the public on 8 March 2018.
- 1 Background
- 2 Before Eurovision
- 2.1 Internal selection
- 3 At Eurovision
- 3.1 Semi-final
- 3.2 Final
- 3.3 Voting
- 3.3.1 Points awarded to Australia
- 3.3.2 Points awarded by Australia
- 3.3.3 Split voting results
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Main article: Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a “one-off” special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part. In 2015, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final of the contest and was allowed to vote during both semi-finals and the final; however, for the 2016 contest, Australia would have to qualify to the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was allocated to compete. On 23 August 2017, SBS confirmed Australia’s participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after securing an invitation for the fourth year in a row. In 2017, Australia was represented by Isaiah Firebrace and the song “Don’t Come Easy”. The country ended in ninth place in the grand final with 173 points.
On 11 December 2017, SBS announced Jessica Mauboy as the Australian entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Mauboy had previously performed at the interval act at the second semi final of the 2014 contest, the year before Australia debuted at the 2015 contest.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal and will consist of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May and the final on 12 May 2018. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big 5” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.
Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation’s jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song’s composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation’s televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.
Points awarded to Australia
Points awarded by Australia
Split voting results
The following five members will comprise the Australian jury:
- Richard Wilkins – Chairperson – radio DJ, entertainment journalist
- Jordan Raskopoulos – comedian, singer, writer
- Sukhdeep Singh Bhogal (L-FRESH the Lion) – artist
- Susanna Rowe (Zan Rowe) – radio broadcaster, music journalist
- Peta Jane Millgate (Milie Millgate) – executive producer at Sounds Australia, music export
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- Official SBS Eurovision site