NewsWritten by Tom Williams on May 5, 2015
Eurovision 2015 is drawing ever nearer. Guy Sebastian will be representing Australia at the song contest in Austria later this month, and now it’s finally been revealed who we’ll be sending over to judge this year’s acts.
Australia’s 2015 Eurovision jury will form part of this year’s pool of judges, along with the other countries involved. The judges’ scores will make up 50 per cent of the total score, but, unfortunately, the Aussies won’t be allowed to vote for Guy Sebastian, who will perform his Eurovision song, Tonight Again.
View a gallery of Australia’s 2015 Eurovision judging jury, below, and see why five lucky individuals from all over the Australian music industry have been chosen as our eyes and ears.
SBS will broadcast the 2015 Eurovision semi-finals live on 20th and 22nd May and re-broadcast them on 22nd and 23rd May. The Grand Final will be shown live from 5am AEST on 24th May with a re-broadcast at 7:30pm AEST the same day.
Gallery: Australia’s Eurovision 2015 Judging Jury
Jake Stone was lead vocalist of the now defunct Sydney band Bluejuice. He's pretty accustomed to wacky performance styles, so let's hope he's super-tough on this year's Eurovision acts and demands more fluro. (Photo by Ashley Mar)
Richard Wilkins is Channel Nine's Entertainment Editor. He was once an aspiring pop star by the name of Richard Wilde, but had little success. That said, he knows what it's like to be in front of the cameras. Oh and he's been hanging out with last year's Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst.
Ash London co-hosted Channel Eleven’s 'The Loop' music show for three years, but has quit to focus on her role as a presenter on 'Take 40 Australia' and 'Shazam Top 20 Australia'. London has her finger on the pulse when it comes to pop music, so she's an asset.
Danielle Spencer is an Aussie singer-songwriter and actor. She was runner-up on 'Dancing With The Stars' in 2012, so she'll be our eye for all the dance-related details of Eurovision, of which there are many.
Amanda Pelman is chair of this year's jury. She's an Australian music executive and entrepreneur whose achievements include signing Kylie Minogue to Mushroom Records, co-managing Jimmy Barnes in the '80s and co-founding Melodian Records with Ian 'Molly' Meldrum. Her years of experience definitely add weight to our Eurovision Jury.