History was made earlier this year when Australia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary and Australia’s long tradition of broadcasting the show.

Australia’s inclusion in next year’s event is part of a plan to expand the event beyond Europe. “We strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event,” said Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand. “Australia’s continued participation is an exciting step in that direction.” 

Singer Guy Sebastian

Picture: Guy Sebastian (credit: Thinkstock)

Singer Guy Sebastian represented the land Down Under in the 2015 competition and finished fifth despite being blasted by Twitter users as the “poor man’s Bruno Mars”.

In 2014, Australian singing sensation Jessica Mauboy – who rose to fame on Australian Idol – performed as a guest during the contest’s second semi-final interval. 

The 61st Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe from 10-14 May 2016.