Eurovision 2022: Why do Australia compete and what happens if their act wins?

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Eurovision 2022 takes place in Turin, Italy on Saturday 14th May, with 25 nations taking place. One of those could be Australia, but why do the Aussies take part in a European event?

The Eurovision Song Contest is the longest-running annual televised music event.

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Eurovision has been held annually since 1956 (apart from 2020) and was originally named the Eurovision Grand Prix before switching to its current title in 1968.

The 2022 grand final will be the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with Italian singer Laura Pausini, TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan and pop sensation Mika hosting proceedings.

Australia is one of 52 different nations to have featured in the Eurovision final over the years, and their act is again being tipped to win a place in this year’s Saturday final. But why is Australia invited to submit an entry given it is not a European nation?

Why do Australia compete in Eurovision?

The annual Eurovision Song Contest is seen as a big event each year in Australia, with fans staying up late into the night to watch the show. It’s comparable to the global draw of America’s Super Bowl, when worldwide NFL fans turn the overnight game into a real event.

To mark the 60th anniversary of Eurovision in 2015, Australia were invited to compete in the event. Ever since they have participated in the qualifying stages, making it to the final on each occasion until 2021, when they were eliminated at the semi-final stage.

They will definitely compete until 2023, when their entry will be reviewed. They will participate in semi-final 2 this year, taking place on 12th May, and are tipped to make it through to the final once more.

What happens if Australia wins Eurovision?

It’s been Eurovision tradition since 1980 that the winner will host the grand final in the following year, and it’s often been asked what would happen if Australia were to come out on top at some point. Whilst the Eurovision committee haven’t said exactly what the contingency plan would be, they have confirmed that the event wouldn’t take place in Australia if the nation were to be victorious.

When and where is Eurovision 2022 being held?

This year Eurovision is being hosted in Turin, Italy on Saturday 14th May.

Since 1980, the winner has had the honour of hosting the following competition and, thanks to Måneskin’s win in Rotterdam last year, Italy will stage the grand final in 2022.

How can I watch Eurovision?

The semi-finals of the competition take place over two nights, Tuesday 10th May and Thursday 12th May. Both nights will be broadcast live on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in the UK.

The final takes place the following Saturday and will be broadcast live and uninterrupted from 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

All of the action will also be available on BBC Radio Two and via the BBC Sounds app.