After making its Eurovision debut earlier this year, Australia has locked in a spot at the Song Contest’s kid-friendly Junior Eurovision competition this November.
Junior Eurovision is open to young singers between the ages of 10 and 15, and Australia is set to announce its representative and the song they’ll be performing this Friday, 9th October. The lucky performer will be chosen by Australia’s Eurovision broadcaster, SBS.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid says the organisation is looking forward to giving Aussies yet another dose of Eurovision goodness this year.
“We’re delighted to have secured another opportunity to showcase Australia’s amazing vocal and song-writing talent to the world, this time through an incredibly talented young artist,” Mr Ebeid says.
Junior Eurovision 2015 will feature 17 competing countries, the most since 2007, has also added Ireland to its roster for the first time. Other countries involved include the likes of Armenia, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands and Ukraine.
Junior Eurovision Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev says having Australia at the event is a fitting move after its success at Eurovision in May.
“Junior Eurovision has always strived for inclusion and collaboration — having Australia as part of our event shows their commitment to celebrating young and future singing talent and we welcome them to our enthusiastic and growing international group of performers, delegates, media and team members,” Mr Yakovlev says.
So who could Australia send to be its first-ever Junior Eurovision representative? We’re thinking it could be someone from an Aussie TV talent show like X Factor or The Voice, but no one stands out.
One thing’s for sure, though — prepare yourself for a deluge of kid-friendly pop, and a competition that’s a little less suggestive than this year’s adult Eurovision was.
Australia came in fifth at its very first Eurovision Song Contest in May, where it was represented by singer Guy Sebastian. What’s more, Aussie can actually study Eurovision at uni — we’re practically Eurovision obsessed.
SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest live from the Bulgarian capital of Sofia at 4:30am Eastern Time on Sunday, 22nd November. Aussies won’t be able to vote in the competition, with the country’s result to be solely determined by a jury.
Catch footage of last year’s Junior Eurovision winner below, alongside 13 acts Australia should have sent to Eurovision but didn’t.
Watch: Junior Eurovision 2014 Winner – Vincenzo Cantiello (Italy)
Gallery: 13 Acts Australia Should Have Sent To Eurovision (But Probably Wouldn’t Have)
Tkay Maidza - Why she should: She's emblematic of rising Australian talent and would help put an end to the world's clichéd views of Australian art and culture.
Why she won't: Not cliché enough.
Kirin J. Callinan - Why he should: Apart from the fact that he has a killer voice, Kirin J. Callinan's shows are known for being abrasive, surreal and often chaotic, pushing the limits wherever possible. Given the opportunity, Callinan can show the Europeans they're not the only ones with built in quirk.
Why he won't: OK perhaps he's too quirky, even for Eurovision.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Why he should: We have a captive audience on the world stage, a perfect platform to share the beautiful voice and music of a treasured Indigenous Australian.
Why he won’t: Not enough sequins.
TISM - Why they should: The people have spoken, give them what they want.
Why they won’t: Presently, they're broken up. (You might be able to change that though…)
Nick Cave - Why he should: No one can command a theatrical stage like our man Nick and in terms of European fans he's got them.
Why he won't: Too Brechtian for Eurovision. Still there's always the cameo option, if Kylie gets it.
B1 and/or B2 - Why they should: They're national treasures goddammit and with those cuts to the ABC they're going to need some international exposure.
Why they won't: If the Dustin The Turkey experience taught us anything, it's that the Eurovision is not kind to puppets.
Empire of the Sun - The Australia electro pop kings know how to put together a visual feast of a stage show.
Why they won't: It's likely they won't stick to Eurovision's maximunm of 6 people on stage rule. Plus no-one can find Nick Littlemore.
The Red Paintings - Why they should: Experimental art rock is their game and the Geelong act know how to work a costume department and a crowd, known for getting the audience up on stage to paint on human canvases during their shows.
Why they won't: Eurovision's not really big on the whole "audience participation" thing.
Hiatus Kaiyote - Why they should: They're a Grammy-nominated Australian future-soul band with a huge international following. Their music borrows ingredients from far-reaching places across the world and throws them together to create a distinctive soul-infused sound, like no other.
Why they won't: Hiatus Kaiyote's future soul stylings might just be too out of this world, even for Eurovision. And there's no way they'll be able to stick to that 3 minute song time limit.
Tripod - Why they should: They’re the perfect musical representation of our typically dry humour, and the idea of three laid back middle-aged smart arses singing about the Girl In The Comic Book Shop amongst the often deadly serious Euros speaks to our penchant for disrupting the status quo.
Why they won’t: Eurovision might be populated by a bunch of dags, but it’s just not the same if you’re aware of how daggy you actually are. Sorry, guys.
Courtney Barnett - Why she should: If you're after the quintessential Australian voice, Courtney Barnett has it and it's wonderful. She's a modern Australian storyteller, stringing together narratives with signature deadpan puns.
Why she won't: Given it's our first year competing, maybe we should ease up on the Aussie puns.
Ne Obliviscaris - Why they should: This Melbourne outfit are one of our most promising metal exports. Their dark, dramatic visage and cinematic brand of orchestral thrash proves that Aussies can metal with the best that Europe has to offer.
Why they won’t: Mainstream Australia might shrivel into their couches and turn to dust when they discover Aussie heavy metal bands with this much flair actually exist.