In news that will shock few people, the EBU has revealed that it has no intention of inviting New Zealand to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest “right now”, but has not-so subtly suggested how we might go about changing their minds.
In a statement to TVNZ, a spokesperson for the Eurovision Song Contest said:
There are no plans right now to invite New Zealand to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest.
A reporter at TVNZ’s Seven Sharp programme, Rhys Mathewson, asked the organisation about a possible Kiwi invitation in a piece about this year’s Contest that went to air on Tuesday.
Rodney Fisher of the New Zealand Music Commission welcomed the idea of New Zealand participating saying it would be an “opportunity to reach a larger audience”.
“We do really well on the global stage,” Fisher said.
Mathewson also spoke to Wiwibloggs Executive Editor and proud Waikato resident Robyn Gallagher who floated the idea of sending pop singer-songwriter Stan Walker to the world’s biggest live music event.
While our participation might be a bit of pipe dream, the EBU did give some helpful advice to NZ Eurofans who might “Dare To Dream”: start with getting a broadcaster on-board.
Australia received special permission to participate after airing the Contest annually for over 30 years.
Well, we’re convinced. The lobbying continues!