Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Australia
National selection
Selection processEurovision – Australia Decides
Selection date(s)26 February 2022
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Australia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. The Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) will organise Eurovision – Australia Decides on 26 February 2022 to select the artist and song which will represent Australia at the 2022 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, from the 2016 contest and onwards, 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.

Background

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest since 1983, and the contest has gained a cult following over that time, primarily due to the country's strong political and cultural ties with Europe. Paying tribute to this, the 2014 contest semi-finals included an interval act featuring Australian singer Jessica Mauboy.[1] Australian singers have also participated at Eurovision as representatives of other countries, including Olivia Newton-John (1974, United Kingdom), two-time winner Johnny Logan (1980 and 1987, Ireland), Gina G (1996, United Kingdom), and Jane Comerford as lead singer of Texas Lightning (2006, Germany).[2]

Tying in with the goal of Eurovision – to showcase "the importance of bringing countries together to celebrate diversity, music and culture", the 2015 theme of "Building Bridges", and arguing that they could not hold "the world's biggest party" to celebrate the 60th edition of Eurovision without inviting Australia, the EBU announced on 10 February 2015 that the country would compete at that year's edition as a special guest participant. Along with the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), and the host country of Austria, Australia was given automatic entry into the final to "not reduce the chances" of the semi-final participants.[3] 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, however they would have to qualify for the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was competing. On 12 February, SBS signed a contract securing Australia's spot at the contest until 2023.[4] In 2021, Australia was represented by Montaigne and the song "Technicolour". The country ended in fourteenth place in the first semi-final with 28 points, therefore failing to qualify for the final for the first time.[5] On 16 June 2021, SBS confirmed Australia's participation in the 2022 contest, with Eurovision – Australia Decides returning to choose the entry.[6]

Before Eurovision

Eurovision – Australia Decides will be the national final in order to select the Australian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition will take place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast on 26 February 2022, hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey. Eleven artists and songs will compete with the winner being determined by a combination of public and jury voting. The show will be broadcast on SBS as well as streamed online at SBS On Demand.

Competing entries

On 26 August 2021, SBS announced an open submission for interested songwriters to submit their songs online until 26 September 2021. Over half of the composers or songwriters of a song were required to be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and songs were required to be in English or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language.[7] Ten songs were selected for the competition from the received submissions and performers of the selected songs were determined by SBS in consultation with the songwriters. The chosen competing acts were announced in three sets: the first on 28 October 2021,[8] the second on 26 November 2021,[9] and the third on 14 December 2021.[10]

Simultaneous to the final artist reveal, it was announced that a eleventh 'wildcard artist' would be selected through a TikTok contest. Candidates were required to send a live vocal performance clip of any particular song, up to one minute long, with submissions opened until 16 January 2022.[10] Erica Padilla was the selected candidate.[11]

Competing entries[12][13]
Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Andrew Lambrou "Electrify"[14] Andrew Lambrou, Joseph de la Hoyde, Nick de la Hoyde, Tim de la Hoyde
Charley "I Suck At Being Lonely"[15] Claire Howell, James Vincent, Thomas Walter Jordan, Jonathan Dreyfus
Erica Padilla TBA Erica Padilla, Isabella Padilla, Ally Eley, Sean Carey[16]
G-Nation "Bite Me" TBC
Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie "When I'm With You"[17] Isaiah Firebrace, Evie Irie, Taka Perry[17]
Jaguar Jonze "Little Fires"[18] Deena Lynch, Louis Schoorl, PJ Harding
Jude York "I Won't Need to Dream"[19] Jude York, Billy Stonecipher[20]
Paulini "We Are One"[21] Rick Price, John Capek
Seann Miley Moore "My Body"[22] TBC
Sheldon Riley "Not the Same"[23] Sheldon Riley, Cam Nacson, Timi Temple[24]
Voyager "Dreamer"[25] Alex Canion, Ashley Doodkorte, Daniel Estrin, Scott Kay, Simone Dow

Final

The final will take place on 26 February 2022. The combination of public votes (50%) and a five-member jury (50%) will select the winner.

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (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. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Australia has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[26]

References

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