Already fans have started an online petition calling for pop queen Kylie Minogue to represent Australia at the iconic festival.
The cheesy annual talent show has a devoted following in Australia, and around 3million viewers tuned in last year to see ‘bearded lady’ Conchita Wurst triumph for Austria with her song, ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.
This year’s show in Vienna will now mark a sensational and unexpected Eurovision debut for Australia. It’s only scheduled as a one-off, but should the Aussies win they’ll be invited back to defend the title next year.
Jon Olsa Sand, from show organiser the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), said it would be remiss to “throw the world’s biggest party” for the 60th anniversary without inviting “the show’s Australian friends.”
“At the very heart of the Eurovision Song Contest is the importance of bringing countries together to celebrate diversity, music and culture,” he said in The Guardian.
Sadly, Jason Donovan has already ruled himself out of representing his country. It also seems Kylie unlikely that his former Neighbours sweetheart Miss Minogue will be pursuing Conchita’s crown – but could her arm be twisted by public demand?
The Aussie entry will be chosen by SBS, which has broadcast the contest Down Under for 30 years and is an associate member of the EBU.
The Eurovision song contest has produced a host of memorable songs including Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet on a String’ (1967), Lulu’s Boom Bang-a-Bang (1969) Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ (1974) and the Brotherhood of Man’s ‘Save all your Kisses for Me’ (1976).
Several Australian stars have performed in the show, including Olivia Newton John, who represented the UK with ‘Long Live Love In’ (1974), and Gina G, who flew the UK flag with ‘Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit’ (1996). More recently, Jane Comerford was the lead singer for German entry ‘Texas Lightning’ in 2006.