World upside-down as Australia joins Eurovision

World upside-down as Australia joins Eurovision


norman lebrecht

February 10, 2015

Here’s the announcement:

Australia will compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, to take place on 19, 21 and 23rd of May in Vienna, Austria. Just for once, and for many good reasons!

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary. To give the anniversary celebrations an extra dimension and to walk the talk on this year’s themeBuilding Bridges, the EBU and host broadcaster ORF invited Australia to compete in the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

And the real narrative: Eurovision is losing relevance and audiences, its budgets spiralling out of control. It has long been a laughing stock. Will Aussie accession change that? Yeah, right…



  • RW2013 says:

    Australia has the gift of making a laughing stock out of anything.

  • Christian says:

    Considering the fate of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra following Denmark’s hosting of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australian orchestras should be worried.