When we first saw Australia would be competing in the 2015 edition of the European Song Contest, we simply thought the organizers misspelled “Austria”. But no, it turns out Aussies really enjoy the ESC.
In fact, the public broadcaster SBS has been airing the show for more than 30 years. In 2014, 3 million dedicated Australians — 13% of the population — watched it, which seems incredible considering it airs at 6 a.m. in the country's capital Canberra. Several Australian candidates also participated in the contest in the past, singing for other countries. Some even won, or came second to a expand=1] group of glittery Swedes.
Non-European countries such as Israel or Azerbaijan have been Eurovision contestants for a few years now — and someone has to replace Ukraine, who is taking a break this year for personal reasons. So welcome, Australia, to the oddest show on earth.
Representing the land down under is Guy Sebastian, a 33-year-old soul/R&B/gospel singer from Adelaide. He was the first ever winner of Australian Idol in 2003 and has released seven studio albums since.
On May 23, Guy will perform his track “Tonight Again”, a song about doing “whatchya want”, forgetting tomorrow and having fun tonight, baby.
Does it make you want to visit that country? 0.5/10
Was there enough glitter? 0.25/10
Ok to quit your day job? 2.75/10
OVERALL AVERAGE: 1.17/10