Eurovision - Australia Decides back for 2022!
SBS today confirmed that Australia Decides would be returning in 2022!
The event acts as the selection for the Australian act to compete at that year's Eurovision Song Contest.
SBS confirmed in a tweet that it would again be 10 songs by 10 artists and would be taking place on the Gold Coast on Saturday 26 February.
As per the 2019 and 2020 contests, the show will be hosted by Myf Warhust and Joel Creasey.
Additionally the process for submitting songs has now opened.
SBS is calling on a range of songs and songwriters to submit an original composition as part of the national selection process via sbs.com.au/eurovision. The song portal, supported by APRA AMCOS, which represents over 100,000 Australasian songwriters, composers and music publishers and will remain open until 26 September 2021.
SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “Australia is home to so many talented artists and songwriters, and SBS is proud to provide this international platform for our nation’s incredibly diverse music community. Eurovision – Australia Decides is a unique opportunity for established and undiscovered songwriters to show us what they’ve got and for a suite of Australian artists to bring these songs to life on stage in February. It’s over to you Australia – let’s give Europe our best!”
While Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, Paul Clarke said: “We’ve had a year on the bench due to COVID, now we’re going to produce an event that blows people’s minds and touches their hearts. We want to get the passion going for Eurovision and our incredible musicians. So huge props to SBS, the Queensland Government and Major Events Gold Coast for backing #AusDecides again. We’ve got some very exciting artists to announce shortly, but first we need songs! It’s an opportunity for all our songwriters to showcase their best and boldest – please send your songs to the SBS song portal. Before you know it, you could be in the next announcement, when we reveal some very exciting artists and songwriters!”
The event has the support of the Queensland Premier with Annastacia Palaszczuk saying:
“Hosting Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast is a wonderful opportunity to show Australia and the world our world-class event hosting capabilities in one of our most spectacular tourism destinations. We’ve previously seen avid Eurovision fans flock to the Gold Coast for this event and we look forward to welcoming them again in February 2022.”