It’s the news we have all been eagerly waiting for and it’s finally arrived… Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Eurovision aficionados are well aware that in 2014, Jessica made history when she was invited to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so. This time, she’s competing for Australia and a shot at Eurovision glory.
The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.
”Eurovision shows how much the power of song can transcend differences,” Jessica said today. “I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous – mainly about the stress of the dress!”
Eurovision will be broadcast in Australia on SBS in May 2018 and will be hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, returning after their debut as hosts and commentators in 2017.
There remains no word if Eurovision 2018 will be broadcast in New Zealand.