The country has been competing ever since a symbolic gesture was handed to it in celebration of the event’s 60th anniversary.
Whenever Eurovision comes around, there are always plenty of tweets questioning why Australia is competing. Well, those questions are set to remain until at least 2023, following an announcement from SBS and Blink TV.
Making the announcement, Josh Martin, the commissioning editor for SBS, said: “SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled at this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family.
“We will continue to showcase Australia’s amazing talent and diversity to hundreds of millions of people across Europe and the world.
“It highlights the power of music to bring people together – even from polar opposite sides of the globe. Thank you Europe.”
Jon Ola Sand, the executive producer for Eurovision said: “We are delighted that Australia has become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest Family.
“The Australians have long been huge fans of the event with a great number of loyal viewers year on year and when they were invited to participate in the 60th anniversary edition of the Contest, we couldn’t have imagined quite how popular their artists would become.
“It was a natural progression for us to agree to their inclusion as a participant for the next five years as they bring so much to the table and we very much look forward to welcoming them to Tel Aviv to perform.”
Speaking about the decision, Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai, highlighted the city’s openness toward the LGBTQ community. “The city of Tel Aviv will be honored to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest,” he said.
“Our beloved city has gained international esteem as an open city, a welcoming home to the LGBT community and many other minorities. Tel Aviv-Yafo is a global city that respects all people—residents and visitors.”
In this year’s competition, Australia will be represented by Kate Miller-Heidke after she beat out competition from the likes of Electric Field, Sheppard and Courtney Act.