The history of Australian commentary at Eurovision
Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest five times since their debut in 2015 and has been in the top ten four times. 2021 will be our sixth time participating in the contest because the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled. 2015 was the only year that Australia has gone straight to the grand final instead of needing to qualify via the semi-finals. Majority of the Australian entries has been internally selected by SBS, with 2019, 2020 (technically) and 2022 being chosen by the general public via a national final. Australia’s participation in the contest has been confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union and SBS until 2023.
Our best result in the contest was a second-place finish for Dami Im in 2016 with the song sound of silence. We also finished in the top ten in three of its other appearances in the contest, with Guy Sebastian finishing fifth in 2015, and both Isaiah Firebrace and Kate Miller-Heidke finishing ninth in 2017 and 2019. Our worst result came from Jessica Mauboy in 2018 receiving only 99 points (only nine of which came from the televote and 90 from the jury), this resulted us getting 20th place.
My personal ranking of all the Australian entries
- Zero Gravity – Kate Miller-Heidke (2019)
- Technicolor – Montaigne (2021)
- Tonight again – Guy Sebastian (2015)
- Don’t break me – Montaigne (2020)
- Sound of Silence – Dami Im (2016)
- We got love – Jessica Mauboy (2018)
- Don’t come easy – Isaiah Firebrace (2017)