Eurovision State of Origin: Queensland v New South Wales
Tonight the annual State of Origin rugby league series kicks off between New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD)
These two States also have a strong record at Eurovision and 'Australia Decides' and we wanted to see who came out on top.
Round 1 - Who has the most acts?
Looking at all artists who have competed at Eurovision (for Australia or another nation) plus 'Australia Decides' this is how it stacks up:
Gina G (Eurovision 1996 for the UK)
Dami Im (Eurovision 2016)
Kate Miller-Heidke (Eurovision 2019)
Courtney Act (Australia Decides 2019)
Sheppard (Australia Decides 2019)
New South Wales
Isaiah Firebrace (Eurovision 2017)
Montaigne (Eurovision 2020/2021)
Jane Comerford (Eurovision 2006 for Germany)
Anja Nissen (Eurovision 2017 for Denmark)
Mary-Jean O'Doherty (Eurovision 2015 for Armenia)
Alfie Arcuri (Australia Decides 2019)
Casey Donovan (Australia Decides 2020)
Diana Rouvas (Australia Decides 2020)
Jack Vidgen (Australia Decides 2020)
Mark Vincent (Australia Decides 2019)
Mitch Tambo (Australia Decides 2020)
Although Queensland and NSW share the same amount of Eurovision artists for Australia, the 'blues' come out on top for total Eurovision artists (5-3) and Australia Decides artists (6-2) to comfortably win this round.
Round 1 winner (total acts): New South Wales: 11-5
Round 2 - who has the best Eurovision results?
Well we all know Dami Im has the best result with a runner-up position in 2016, but it doesn't stop there for Queensland.
All three Queensland acts made the Top 10 (2nd for Dami, 8th for Gina G and 9th for Kate Miller-Heidke).
While the best three results for New South Wales was 9th for Isaiah, 14th for Jane Comeford as part of Texas Lightning and 16th for Mary-Jean O'Doherty as part of Geneology for Armenia finished 16th. (Anja Nissen also made the final finsihing 20th).
Hands down an easy winner for Queensland.
Round 2 winner (total Top 10s): Queensland 3-1
Round 3 - who has the best Australia Decides results?
Well we know that both Montaigne for NSW and Kate Miller-Heidke for QLD both won Australia Decides, but how did the rest of the acts go?
Let's see what the average result was:
New South Wales
Montaigne - 1st
Casey Donovan - 2nd
Alfie Arcuri - 5th
Mitch Tambo - 5th
Diana Rouvas - 7th
Mark Vincent - 7th
Jack Vidgen - 8th
Kate Miller-Heidke - 1st
Sheppard - 3rd
Courtney Act - 4th
Round 3 winner (average rank): Queensland 3rd to 5th