SBS’s glittering television event Eurovision – Australia Decides, hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, will once again broadcast live from the Gold Coast in February 2022.
With the support of the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy and Tourism and Events Queensland, the event will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February, to determine which song will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy.
“The Gold Coast has hosted Eurovision – Australia Decides since the very beginning in 2019, attracting thousands of enthusiastic Eurovision fans from across the country and providing a platform to showcase the region to a huge national TV audience, all tuning in to vote for their favourite song,” said the Premier.
“Preparations for the broadcast will take place over four weeks, creating approximately 200 jobs for our highly skilled local TV crew, plus training opportunities giving emerging screen practitioners the on-the-job work experience they need.”
“Like previous Eurovision contenders Dami Im and Kate-Miller Heidke, I hope to see more born and raised Queensland talent submit their songs and take to the world stage,” Ms Scanlon said.
Eurovision – Australia Decides is produced for SBS by Blink TV, the team behind the televised event The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seven’s brand new entertainment format Australia Now and Then.
“Eurovision is a celebration of international unity raising the volume of diverse voices – a true exhibition of the power of screen to create a positive global impact and a much-needed sense of global community.”
The Friday night and Saturday afternoon performances will be ticketed dress rehearsals, with the live, exclusive SBS broadcast taking place on Saturday night, 26 February 7:30pm AEST.
SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said songwriters from across the country are encouraged to submit their songs for the national selection on the sbs.com.au/Eurovision website, before 26 September.
“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,” said Mr Heald.
“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.”
Information about tickets to the Opening Night Show, Matinee Show and Live TV Final will be available soon.