Australia will again compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, SBS has announced.
“SBS is excited to announce that, following the huge success of Australia’s first ever competitive entry in 2015, it has once again secured an opportunity for an Australian artist to officially compete on the world’s biggest stage,” SBS said in a statement.
“Next year in Stockholm, Australia will be competing from the semi-finals, fighting it out with 41 other nations and SBS will announce in the New Year who the lucky artist will be.”
After SBS tested the waters with a special performance in the contest by Jessica Mauboy in 2014, they hyped 2015 entry Guy Sebastian as a one-off novelty in the final of the competition in Vienna, Austria.
The Australian Idol alum ended up coming fifth with the song “Tonight Again,” with Swedish hunk Måns Zelmerlöw winning with his song “Heroes.”
Next year, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang will again return to host the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest, live from Stockholm.
The exciting news comes after Eurovision 2014 champ Conchita Wurst, who visited Australia this month, said we should be permanently included in the contest.
“I’m by your side, definitely,” Conchita told radio station 774 ABC Melbourne on November 12.
“I think it’s just necessary, basically.”