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Australia
Australia
Broadcaster SBS
Selection process The Next Voice
Appearances
Appearances 4 (4 finals)
Debut ESC #06
Best result 4th: #06
Worst result 22nd: #07
Australia debuted in the sixth edition of Europa Song Contest. The broadcaster responsible for all the country's activities in the contest since its debut is SBS. The country always used their national selection, The Next Voice ever since their debut in the 6th edition.

History

Pre-debut

Before our debut, Australia tuned in to the contest since the very first edition in Bulgaria. Surprisingly, just like the Eurovision Song Contest, it has attracted and gained over 1.5-2 million viewers online and live on TV. This has led to the question, 'Can we participate?'. SBS has sent tons of letters for the past 5 editions talking about considerations of participation.

06-(present)

After a huge announcement on the SBS News, it has been confirmed that we have been invited to be a regular participant in the Europa Song Contest from the sixth edition onwards. This announcement attracted lots of musicians and viewers, with musicians already producing music to send. It was also announced that they were going to use a national selection, so anyone can take part. 1,200+ submissions have been received, and 28 were selected for the national selection. After the final of the National Selection, Delta Goodrem went to Ukraine with the song, "The River".

After the announcement, Delta went on a mini tour around the country, including cities like Hobart, and Melbourne. After the 5th & last tour, she headed for Dnipro to start with rehearsals on stage.
Instincts at SBS

Program thumbnail for the coverage by SBS in the sixth edition

The broadcaster also aired a month-long coverage special for the contest called "#Instincts: The Australian Debut", which will include rehearsal coverages, interviews with contestants, tour around Dnipro, etc. It will also include a live coverage of the Live shows, together with encores in the afternoon for late viewers to catch up with the contest. During the contest, it was also said that the nation will be voting in both semi-finals, and will appear in the 2nd half of the grand final, specifically in 19th position. During the results show, Delta brought the country back to the final in the 7th edition for placing 4th in the grand final, with 170 points with the juries (4th), and 129 points with the televote (7th), making a total of 294 points. Australia still continued with their participation in the contest after getting a 4th place in the previous edition, and thus automatically qualifying to the final. The country used the now renamed NS, The Next Voice 02, and started on the start of June 2018 with Peking Duk (together with Sarah Aarons) winning the NS with the song "Fire". SBS also confirmed that another special coverage will be held for the seventh edition called Do It All for Australia | The Europa Song Contest 7 Coverage. During the results show, Australia finished 26th (last) with the juries with 41 points, and 11th with the televoting with 108 points, finishing 22nd place overall with 149 points, the worst result of the country up to date.
Do It All at SBS

The thumbnail for the special coverage of SBS for the seventh edition

Despite the result, the country still continued their participation, and confirmed for the Europa Song Contest 8 that will be held in Sarajevo. The broadcaster revised the NS format and only accepted 12 songs to participate in the 3rd edition, with 2 semis having 6 songs each. The winner with a margin of 32 points was Bobby Andonov with his song Apartment with 108 points, ahead of the runner-up with 76 points. He made a promotional tour across Australia, then flew to FYR Macedonia, the home country of his parents, to have a promotional tour as well. After a few days, he flew to Sarajevo to start rehearsing for the contest. After qualifying from the first semi-final event of the country, he finished XXth with the juries with XX points, and XXth with the televoting with XX points, thus finishing XXth place overall with XX points.

Contestants

Table key
     Winner
     Second place
     Third place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify to the final
     Last place
Edn. Host city Artist Song Final Points Semi Points
#06 Flag of Ukraine Dnipro Delta Goodrem "The River" 4 294 Guest Country[1]
#07 Flag of Iceland Akranes Peking Duk ft. Sarah Aarons "Fire" 22 149 Big 6
#08 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Bobi Andonov "Apartment"
#09

Voting history

These are the statistics of Australia since the sixth edition . The tables list the points given or received by Australia in the semi-finals, the finals and a total of both.

Australia has given the most points to...
(semi-finals only)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 36
2 Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of Sweden Sweden
24
3 Flag of Andorra Andorra 22
4 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 19
5 Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of San Marino San Marino
18

Australia has received the most points from...
(semi-finals only)

Rank Country Points
1
2
3
4
5

Australia has given the most points to...
(finals only)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Andorra Andorra 30
2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 24
3 Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
20
4 Flag of San Marino San Marino
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
18
5 Flag of France France 17

Australia has received the most points from...
(finals only)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 44
2 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 29
3 Flag of Hungary Hungary 27
4 Flag of Croatia Croatia 24
5 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 23

Australia has given the most points to...
(semi-finals and finals)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Andorra Andorra 52
2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 48
3 Flag of Denmark Denmark 44
4 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 43
5 Flag of San Marino San Marino 36

Australia has received the most points from...
(semi-finals and finals)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 44
2 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 29
3 Flag of Hungary Hungary 27
4 Flag of Croatia Croatia 24
5 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 23

12 points

As of the sixth edition, Australia has awarded a total of six 12 points and has received eleven 12 points through the semi-finals and the finals of the editions.

The highest amount of 12 points to be given to Australia was in the sixth edition where the country received seven sets of 11 points in total. However, the highest amount of 12 points for a final was in the sixth edition as well where Australia received eleven 12 points. Croatia & Luxembourg have given the most 12 points to Australia with a total of two 12 points each given to the country.

Sweden has received a total of four 12 points, making it the country with the most 12 points from Australia

Table key

     Winner – Australia gave 12 points to a winning song / Australia won the contest.
     Second place – Australia gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Australia was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Australia gave 12 points to a third place song / Australia came third in the contest.
     Qualified – Australia gave 12 points to a song that was a qualifier / Australia was a qualifier.
     Non-qualified – Australia gave 12 points to a song that was not a qualifier / Australia was not a qualifier.
Record of 12 points
Edn. Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
#06 Flag of Sweden Sweden (jury) Flag of San Marino San Marino (SF 1 jury)
Flag of Sweden Sweden (SF 2 jury)
Flag of Belarus Belarus
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom (jury)
Did not participate
Flag of Sweden Sweden (televote) Flag of Denmark Denmark (SF 1 televote)
Flag of Sweden Sweden (SF 2 televote)
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands (televote)
#07 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan (jury) Flag of Cyprus Cyprus (jury) None
Flag of France France (televote) Flag of Switzerland Switzerland (televote) Flag of France France
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg (televote)
#08

Draw history

Australia has so far competed in a total of 4 shows ‒ 1 semi-final and 3 finals. The country has both experienced being in both halves.

Table key
     First half
     Second half
Edition Song Final SF1 SF2 PQR
#06 "The River" 19 Guest Country
#07 "Fire" 06 Member of the "Big 6"
#08 "Apartment" 14 05
  • In the sixth and seventh edition, Australia was part of the big 6/7 due to being in the top 6 of the previous edition (guest country in the sixth edition), and therefore was an automatic qualifier.

Europa Awards

Edn. Category Artist Song
#06 Best Female Artist Delta Goodrem Won

Commentators and spokespersons

Edition Television commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson Broadcaster
#01 Julia Zemiro & Sam Pang Australia was not allowed to participate SBS
(TV & Radio)
#02
#03
#04
#05
#06 Troye Sivan
#07 Myf Warhurst & Joel Creasey (semi-finals) No spokesperson[2]
Julia Zemiro & Sam Pang (finals)

Viewing figures

The country participated in 2 shows but broadcast all shows from the first edition until seventh edition. The country's viewing figures progressed as time passed by and the contest gained more popularity in Australia. The figures greatly increased from the 6th edition due to the start of the Australian participation in the contest. The peak viewership as of the 8th of August 2018, was the grand final of the seventh edition with 1.72 million viewers, and also held the record for the most watched edition earning an average viewer count of 1.49 million.

Australia - Viewing Figures
Edn. Viewers
(Grand Final)
Weekly
Rank
Viewers
(Semi-final 1)
Weekly
Rank
Viewers
(Semi-final 2)
Weekly
Rank
Average
#01 0,99m 20 0,94m 22 0,98m 18 0,97m
#02 1,12m 16 1,02m 16 1,09m 10 1,08m
#03 1,27m 12 1,12m 9 1,09m 10 1,16m
#04 1,33m 10 1,16m 8 1,2m 7 1,23m
#05 1,4m 7 1,23m 7 1,19m 8 1,27m
#06 1,62m 3 1,27m 6 1,29m 6 1,39m
#07 1,72m 1 1,36m 4 1,39m 4 1,49m

Other contests

OGAE Second Chance Contest

Australia made their debut in the fourth edition (for ESC 6). It was a contest for entries that failed to represent their country in their respective national selections. Their best result was 4th in the 7th edition.

Edn. Host city Artist Song Place Points
#06 Flag of Belgium Antwerp Troye Sivan "My, My, My!" 8 14
#07 Flag of Germany Berlin Eves Karydas "Further than the Planes Fly" 4 57
#08 Flag of Iceland Reykjavik Alison Wonderland "Easy" 6 71

Notes

  • ^ To not interfere with the results of the allocation draw, which has already been set before, it was decided that the country will automatically qualify to the final, thus making a total of 27 finalists.
  • ^ In the 7th edition, the results were revealed by the presenter, thus no spokesperson was used.

See also