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History of Australian artists at Eurovision

Think Guy Sebastian was the first Australian performer to compete at Eurovision...? Wrong!

Australian artists have been competing for several decades, albeit for different nations. Artists over the decades have included:

​​Olivia Newton-John (UK) 1974

Before she became world-famous in Grease, Olivia represented the UK with 'Long Live Love' and finished 4th behind a little known band called ABBA.

New Seekers (UK) 1972

Two members of the New Seekers were Australians Peter Doyle and Marty Kristian. The group finished 2nd with the song 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' also co-written by Australian Tony Cole.

Gina G (UK) 1996

One of the better known acts in Australia, Gina G represented the UK in Oslo with 'Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit' which went on to finish a slightly disappointing 8th place. It did however give Gina G are no.1 UK single and a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.

Jane Comerford (Germany) 2006

Jane was lead singer of the German country band Texas Lightning who competed at the contest in 2006 with the song 'No No Never' which went on to finish 14th.

Mary-Jean O'Doherty (Armenia) 2015

Mary is an American-Australian operatic singer who represented Amernia with the group 'Genealogy'. Their song 'Face the Shadow' came a respectable 16th in a very tough year.

Anja Nissen (Denmark) 2017

The winner of 'The Voice' with Danish heritage helped keep our close relationship with Denmark going when she represented them in 2017. Her 'Where I Am' finished 20th, 11 spots behind Australia's Isaiah Firebrace in 9th.

Special mention: Johnny Logan (Ireland) 1980 and 1987

Ok this is a stretch... but Johnny was born in Frankston, a suburb of Melbourne and spent his first few years in Australia. Who moved back to Ireland at aged 3, but hey he's a huge winner so why not lay some claim to him?

In addition there have been a number of creative directors, songwriters and more involved in the contest. It shows just how far we've come and why we have a special place in the biggest song contest in the world.

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