Aussie singing sensations hoping to get their big break could have their shot at representing Australia at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, with a wildcard competition announced today.
SBS, Blink TV and TikTok revealed a national TikTok Wildcard contest will find an 11th artist to take part in Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February next year.
Eurovision - Australia Decides will see iconic homegrown singers compete to represent the nation, with the public ultimately deciding who will go on to perform in the Italian city of Turin for the 66th instalment of the international singing tournament.
All hopefuls (over the age of 16) need to do is post a vocal performance clip, up to one minute long, with the hashtag #EurovisionAustralia on TikTok.
What entrants sing and how they perform it is up to them! A panel of industry experts will then determine the winner, who will go on to round out a total line-up of 11 incredible artists on the Gold Coast - all chasing their dreams to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022.
The TikTok Wildcard Artist contest via #EurovisionAustralia is open for submissions from today until Sunday, January 16. There are no restrictions on the number of videos artists can submit, and entrants can submit a video as individuals or as a group with up to six members.
Australia Decides also announced Eurovision 2016 runner up, Dami Im, as Australia's ambassador to fly the flag for the new generation of Aussie entrants.
SBS also revealed the line-up of talent taking part in Australia Decides - pop newcomer Charley, the fabulous Seann Miley Moore, Perth's metal quintet Voyager and singer-songwriter Jude York.
They join six previously announced artists - Sheldon Riley, G-Nat!on, Andrew Lambrou, Paulini, Jaguar Jonze, and Isaiah Firebrace, who will be singing a duet with a soon-to-be-revealed Australian artist.
Hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and talent.
Aussies are encouraged to vote for their favourite artist and song to represent the nation on the world's biggest stage. The winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final which will be broadcast on SBS on February 26.
As for what they'll all be singing, more than 700 songs were submitted to the Eurovision – Australia Decides song portal during the four-week entry period.
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