Finally, Australia is being asked to compete in the world's most flamboyant and excellent song contest. Austria won the 2014 contest with the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' sung by bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst
Finally, Australia is being asked to compete in the world's most flamboyant and excellent song contest. Austria won the 2014 contest with the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' sung by bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst EPA/FLINDT MOGENS / POOL DENMARK OUT

Australia asked to compete in Eurovision for some reason

YES you read that right, as Eurovision celebrates its 60th anniversary, Australia has accepted an invitation to compete.

For reasons that aren't immediately entirely clear, Australia will join 39 other countries in competing in this year's contest, taking place in Vienna in May on May 19, 21 and 23.

Apparently it's something to do with this year's theme being "building bridges".

"It's a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let's celebrate this party together," said Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand.

Michael Ebeid of broadcaster SBS added:

"We are very excited to have secured this historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world's biggest stage at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and are honoured that the European Broadcasting Union has supported us to achieve this ambition."

 


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