This week, SBS announced that they will be ditching Eurovision – Australia Decides in favour of an internal selection procedure for their representative that will have to travel to Liverpool next May, in the hopes of winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
This will be the first time in four years that Australia would choose an entry internally, since the selection of Jessica Mauboy back in 2018.
It looks like the announcement of the internal selection by SBS made the prospect of representing Australia in 2023 in Liverpool quite appealing for many popular artists, who have already started showing their interest in representing Australia in next year’s contest publicly!
The first artist that showed her interest is Dami Im.
“Was looking forward to competing at Aus decides but in this case I’m super keen”
She would be keen on competing at Australia decides, as she notes, but would be glad if she was given the opportunity to represent Australia in 2023.
“I’m so keen if I get offered the opportunity to return”
Her song “Sound of Silence” is the best known Australia’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden back in 2016, when it finished 2nd receiving a total of 511 points.
Later in 2021 she had announced that she would compete at Australia Decides, if SBS hadn’t decided to select Montaigne, after being chosen at Australia Decides back in 2020 for the cancelled contest.
The fan-favourite Jaguar Jonze was urged by many of her fans on Twitter to grab the opportunity of the internal selection! She later on tweeted:
“Just saying @SBSEurovision I’d happily cancel my hair appointment in May to represent Australia on a world stage”
Jaguar Jonze competed in this year’s Australia Decides placing 3nd with the song “Little Fires“!
The band who already got the taste but lost over Kate Miller-Heidke back in 2019, expressed their interest as well, by commenting:
“Consider our hat thrown in the ring! What an honour we’re sure whoever heads to Liverpool will do us all proud x”
Sheppard competed in the very first Australia Decides contest placing 3rd with the song “On My Way”
The band, who just got back from an international tour, commented on the Aussievision Facebook page:
“Oooooohhhh, consider us interested. We’d be honoured to make the voyage….”
VOYAGER competed in this year’s Australia Decides placing 2nd with the song “Dreamer” and had previously attempted to enter the competition, back in 2020!
Time will tell who will eventually represent Australia at Eurovision Song Contest 2023, after the internal selection procedure of SBS is complete.
This year, Australia was represented by Sheldon Riley with the song “Not The Same”, having previously won Australia Decides. Sheldon placed 15th in the final with 125 points, almost all from the juries.
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