Live: Eurovision Song Contest 2015

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LIVEIt’s 60 years since the Eurovision Song Contest first began, and there’s one question on everyone’s lips: what in the world’s name is Australia doing in the competition? DW’s Jessie Wingard reports from Vienna. (22.05.2015) Eurovision’s official rules prohibit political lyrics, speeches and gestures during the annual song contest. Anyway, the contest has had a cult following Down Under (think how much we liked Neighbours and Prisoner Cell Block H) for many years and has been given a one-off invitation this year. And one of the Aussies’ more successful musical exports (apart from Nick Cave, Kylie and INXS) is of course Bjorn Again – the wildly successful parody act which pays tribute to Eurovision’s most famous winner, Abba.

If Australians want to watch the contest live, it will be aired by Australian broadcaster SBS at 5am Sunday morning Australian Eastern Standard Time, and repeated later at 7.30pm Sunday night. The Malaysian-born singer-songwriter was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003, and signalled his intent by penning a whole slew of potential songs in just three days. For those who may have woken up from a deep sleep, This is Uptown Funk: The rest of the odds are as follows: 7/4 Sweden; 11/4 Italy; 5/1 Australia; 8/1 Estonia; 10/1 Russia; 16/1 Finland; 33/1 Azerbaijan; 33/1 Israel; 33/1 Norway; 33/1 Slovenia; 33/1 United Kingdom; 40/1 Cyprus; 50/1 France; 50/1 Iceland; 50/1 Latvia; 50/1 Spain; 66/1 Belgium; 66/1 Georgia; 80/1 Albania; 100/1 Armenia; 100/1 Austria; 100/1 Belarus; 100/1 Czech; 100/1 Denmark; 100/1 FYR Macedonia; 100/1 Germany; 100/1 Greece; 100/1 Holland; 100/1 Hungary; 100/1 Ireland; 100/1 Lithuania;’ 100/1 Malta; 100/1 Moldova; 100/1 Montenegro; 100/1 Poland; 100/1 Portugal; 100/1 Romania; 100/1 San Marino; 100/1 Serbia; 100/1 Switzerland Now here’s an interesting one.

Traditionally the winning country is the host of next year’s contest so if Australia takes the prize will the whole of Europe have to traipse over to Oz in a sea of sequins and glitter? Organisers have said that Australia can’t host the competition, but their broadcaster SBS could co-organise the event with another European country where the contest would take place. Executive supervisor of the contest Jon Ola Sand who works for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), said: “It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying ‘let’s celebrate this party together’.” Alexander Wrabetz director general of host broadcasters ORF, said: “The song contest has developed in its history to become the biggest TV entertainment event in the world. “With the participation of Australia, together with our partners at the EBU and SBS, we have succeeded to lift it to a new global level and to build another bridge for the 60th anniversary – a bridge that spans the globe, starting from the heart of Europe.”

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