Our Jess’s Eu­ro­vi­sion quest

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Eu­ro­vi­sion Song Con­test,

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

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