No it didn’t. The song wasnt that good but no way was it the second worst.
Eh, whether it was second last with 2 points of fifth last with 6 points…no difference. He was lucky to even be in the Grand Final as his semi performance was the worst of any of the finalists.
The song was lifeless, his outfit drab, staging poor, he had no presence, the performance had no catch. I can’t imagine how a Eurovision performance could be more boring. It totally deserved that vote.
It certainly wasn’t great but not the worst. Just check out some of the ones that didn’t make the Grand Final.
I tend to agree with that. It wasn’t the worst but it was pretty bad, and as you say “lifeless”.
As for Grahame Norton yes he seems to have a real problem with Australia being in it. He should just shut up. Can’t stand him personally. He’s probably just annoyed Australia has been far outshining the UK entries, at least until this year.
He’s made quite a few backhanded comments about Australia and Australians on The Graham Norton Show too. Might be more to the story.
That’s probably it. Jealousy.
I agree - also for each vote Australia gets, some country misses out and Australia’s rank pushes other countries down the list. This year UK almost made the LHS of the score board having Australia ahead of them didn’t help.
Two interesting points in this article.
- Paul Clarke, Head of the Australian Delegation for Eurovision, has floated the idea of a National Final to choose our next Eurovision act.
- It’s understood that this year organisers approached some A-list names to go to Ukraine, but there was a hesitancy to follow in Dami Im’s footsteps, given her roaring success.
That’s very true!
He’s always making “jokes” about Australia, but it’s more than that. There’s often a real vitriol behind his comments about Australia generally. Wonder what his issue is?
Wonder if Eurovision Asia-Pacific will end up happening at all.
This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be shown on ABC ME on Monday, November 27 at 7.30pm (see ABC ME thread for details), following discussions between the ABC, SBS, and the European Broadcasting Union. This means though the event, to be held at Tbilisi, Georgia, will not be shown live on TV in Australia, and fans will have to catch the live broadcast on YouTube.
A lot of sharing between ABC and SBS lately which makes you wonder if this heading closer to a merger of the two entities.
I don’t necessarily think so, I think it’s more just the two public broadcasters working collaboratively rather than competitively, which is what they should be doing. SBS never really knew what to do with JESC so at least with ABC ME it gets a better profile among its target age group
SBS secures Australia’s spot in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
SBS has once again secured Australia’s participation as a competitor on the world’s biggest stage, at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon, Portugal.
The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Eurovision will be broadcast on SBS in May 2018, and will be hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, returning after their debut as hosts and commentators at the 2017 contest.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest television music competition and in 2017, the Semi Finals and Grand Final attracted 182 million* viewers worldwide and reached more than three million** Australians.
SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for more than 30 years. Eurovision celebrates diversity and strengthens bonds between different cultures by bringing them together; united in a common passion for music.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “SBS is proud to secure Australia’s return as competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year, as the country’s unique affection and passion for Eurovision continues to grow.
“In Guy, Dami and Isaiah, SBS has showcased the incredible talent of Australia’s musical performers on the world stage, and in turn, the wonderful diversity that makes up Australia today.
“It’s also great to be welcoming back hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey after they perfectly captured the spirit of the contest in their debut this year. We’re looking forward to revealing more exciting news in the coming months.”
Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke, said: “It’s wonderful that we’re back! In the three years that we have competed in Eurovision we have achieved huge success, ranking second in the results overall behind Sweden. It’s an exciting challenge for us to find a competitor who can fly the flag high for Australia, and we can’t wait to begin that search.”
In 2018, the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted for the first time ever by Portugal, in its capital city of Lisbon, after Salvador Sobral won the 2017 competition with his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois.
ABC announces the song choice for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest:
Monday 27 November at 7:30pm
Join ABC ME’s Grace Koh, Pip Rasmussen and Tim Matthews as they take you through all the action from this incredible event, including the performance of our very own Isabella Clarke.
Public voting opens this Friday at Junior Eurovision website. You can even vote for Australia to win. Public voting comprises 50% of the final tally.
Isabella Clarke has finished third in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. That is a great result.