Our Jess’s Eurovision quest
The Eurovision Song Contest has rolled around again, with Australian songstress Jessica Mauboy flying the flag for Australia in Lisbon this year with her song We Got Love.
It’s a silly and fun television event — and one so easy to be cynical about. I can’t watch it without the dear departed British broadcaster Terry Wogan’s sarcastic quips ringing in my ears. And yet, I defy anyone to re-watch Australian Dami Im’s performance (and second-place finish) two years ago and not experience chills.
Last year’s event boasted a viewership of 182 million people, a figure that was depressed by Russia’s withdrawal from the competition and subsequent decision not to permit its broadcast.
The event itself resembles the EU in its obvious love for complicated rules.
But it’s worth noting that Australian viewers can vote for their favourite songs via the official app, telephone or SMS for 15 minutes after the last song has been performed during the live semi-final broadcasts on SBS at 5am on Wednesday and Friday (featuring Mauboy), and the grand final on Sunday, May 13, also at 5am.
This will comprise 50 per cent of Australia’s total vote, with the other half decided by our national jury of Richard Wilkins, radio host Zan Rowe, comedian and musician Jordan Raskopoulos, hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and industry executive Millie Millgate.
For those not wishing to get up in darkness, the evening broadcasts of the semi-finals are on SBS at 7.30pm on Wednesday and Friday (featuring Mauboy), with the grand final airing on May 13 at 7.30pm. Australia has placed very well in the past several attempts, and Mauboy is definitely in with a chance. Wednesday, 5am, on SBS. various times from
Jessica Mauboy, Australia’s Eurovision hope for this year’s contest in Portugal