SBS has announced the first four acts to compete in the national selection show Eurovision - Australia Decides in February.
Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusively on SBS, Eurovision - Australia Decides will showcase ten celebrated artists singing an original composition for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The first four acts to be revealed are a diverse mix of high-profile artists from across the musical spectrum setting the stage for a show like no other: award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, much-loved indie pop band Sheppard, pop-opera star Mark Vincent and modern electric-soul duo Electric Fields.
Sheppard said: “We’re excited at the prospect of representing Australia in what feels like the pop music Olympics. The fact that this is the first time the show has ever taken part in Australia and letting the public decide who gets to go to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is really exciting for us. It will be an historic television event that we look forward to being a part of!”
Kate Miller-Heidke said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. I do feel vulnerable putting myself out there in a competitive setting. I’m trying to ignore that element, and thinking of it as a very eclectic celebration of Australian music. I think there will be a lot of solidarity amongst the performers.”
Mark Vincent said: “This opportunity to compete in Eurovision - Australia Decides means everything to me. I’ve been a Eurovision fan since I was young and love the incredible voices and talents that have emerged. I’m going to bring everything I’ve got to the stage. I’ve been working my entire life for this moment, and I can’t wait to perform for you.”
Electric Fields said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is the Olympics of camp! It’s a flamboyant spectacle and we’re excited to be part of the first ever Eurovision selection show on home soil. We want to tell a story on stage with fierce energy that will hopefully shoot through the cameras and out of the TV screens at home.”
As for what they’ll be singing… Over 700 songs were submitted to the Eurovision - Australia Decides song portal during the three-week entry period. Shortlisted songs are in the process of being matched with artists and all will be revealed soon.
Australia Decides will be hosted on the Gold Coast on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February and will be broadcast live on SBS on Saturday 9 February when voting will be open to the public.
Hosted by radio host and music buff Myf Warhurst, and comedian Joel Creasey, Eurovision - Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action.