Australia shouldn’t be in the competition, us in the comp almost has a sense of colonialism to it, “nice competition you have there, mind if we take a piece”
We’ve sent average songs the last few years and that coupled with the fact our novelty has worn off, we won’t do well again, or win, and there was a consistent trend line on that, even before this year.
Dami Im’s song was the perfect combination of a killer song and the fact we were still shiny and new.
We can only produce one of those two items now.
I quite liked the 2021 final because it didn’t involve Myf and Joel on the Koolaid about how well Australia was going to do. It felt like a traditional final without the ring-in.
The televoting numbers for Australia tell the story, our novelty has worn off and we’ve overstayed our welcome. Our song this year was vocally stronger compared to a lot of this year’s other songs, but still virtually no love from the public.
Once our time is up in it, it’s time to make a polite exit, and the competition can try and focus on bringing some countries back in that haven’t competed for a while, eg Luxembourg, Slovakia.
I read that’s apparently not true that they get first offer. But either way I still think the UK will wind up hosting. They’re just not jumping the gun like the others. Apparently the Stockholm mayor was on the phone to Ukraine offering to host even before the credits finished rolling. Pretty crass IMO.
The “risk”?! The country is being attacked and the situation changes rapidly by the hour! Given how Kyiv has been bombed and attacked (plus even cities in Western Ukraine), until the conflict is over, it’s way too dangerous for Eurovision to be held in Ukraine.
Agree. I think if the BBC gets it they will definitely try to incorporate something of Ukraine. There are a lot of options, depending on what the situation is in Ukraine at the time. That would be less expensive than having the UK on “standby” as a back up.
BTW I think the UK is a shoe-in to host. The BBC will be very keen to capitalise on a renewed interest in Eurovision following the UK’s near-win.