The Australian broadcaster SBS has given an exclusive statement to ESCPlus that may suggest that there is the possibility that the country is participating in this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, France.
“SBS is always exploring ways to bring more Eurovision to Australian audiences. We have no further updates at this stage”, stated SBS.
Australia’s broadcaster revealed in July 2020 that the country would not be participating in the children’s contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. So far, there are still travel restrictions in Australia, which can influence the decision on the Australian participation in the show. Even though SBS revealed that the decision on participating in the contest has not been taken yet, many Eurovision fans are hoping to see Australia compete at Junior Eurovision.
Australia has participated 5 times at Junior Eurovision, their debut being in 2015 with the song “My Girls” performed by the 14-year-old Bella Paige, finishing in 8th place. Their best result was a second place in 2017 and 2018 with the songs “Speak Up!” by Isabella Clarke and “Champion” by Jael Wena, respectively. Their last participation in the contest was in 2019 with Jordan Anthony’s “We Will Rise”, which received a total of 121 points, and finished in 8th place.
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