The Opening reception at the Vienna City Hall

The Official Opening Ceremony for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 has been held in the Vienna City Hall, where all the artists and delegations were invited by the city authority, host broadcaster ORF and the EBU. The Red Carpet event and the Opening Ceremony was streamed LIVE on Eurovision.tv and on the Youtube Channel. If you missed the broadcast and the live coverage, you can still find all the content online.        

Guy is in with a good chance.

OUR Guy in Vienna. Forget the tiresome haters, we’ve sent our most successful and talented (those two things don’t always go hand in hand) pop artist over to the biggest pop competition in the world. Tonight Again showcases everything we know he does well (effortless sky-high vocals, retro groove, modern production) and is a catchy party starter ready to compete with the world. The geographical outsider could also be the musical outsider this year. Source: news.com.au

Yes, your Eurovision votes count!

For the first time, Australian votes count. Here is an introduction to Eurovision voting – a legendary procedure that is nearly as eccentric as the performances themselves. Viewers in all 40 participating countries, including Australia, can vote for their favourite songs in the Eurovision Semi-Finals and Grand Final by televoting, which makes up 50% of the total vote. For complete fairness, countries cannot vote for themselves (sorry Guy!) The other 50% of the vote comes from the National Juries. Who is in the Australian Eurovision…

The Australian Eurovision Jury

Australia – meet your 2015 Eurovision Jury, charged with the glamorous task of finding performers guilty of pop perfection… or of being criminally bad. Amanda Pelman (Chair) Amanda has a distinguished career in Australian music. She has worked at record labels where she signed a young Kylie Minogue, cast leading musicals (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), produced live events (Long Way to the Top) and judged music television programs (It Takes Two). All the Artists who appear on Eurovision are totally unique – not just…

No Pets! The bizarre plan organisers rejected for Guy Sebastian’s Eurovision performance.

THE country’s first entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest wanted koalas and kangaroos on stage with him in Vienna but animal handlers said it wasn’t possible. “They were worried about them getting loose in the audience and they have big claws so who knows what could have happened,” singer Guy Sebastian said with a laugh. He was pulling the leg of European reporters and officials from the Austrian embassy in London who had come to see him before he flew off to represent Australia at…

Eurovision in Concert: Watch Guy Sebastian’s live performance.

Yesterday, in Amsterdam, the seventh annual Eurovision In Concert took place. Outside of the actual Eurovision Song Contest itself, this was the biggest gathering of artists from the 2015 contest. Prior to the concert that took place last night on Saturday, there was an opportunity for the artists to meet the press for a series of one to one interviews that took place in the afternoon. Some 1,500 fans attended the concert in the evening. Many queued for several hours in order to secure the best…

Guy Sebastian’s Eurovision postcard.

Guy Sebastian, the 2015 Australian Eurovision representative has filmed the first part of his Eurovision presentation postcard in Sydney. Sydney provided a perfect sunrise for the Australian postcard shoot on March 26 for the Blink TV film crew. Australia’s postcard will be shown just before Guy Sebastian’s performance in the Grand Final on Saturday 23 May 2015  from Vienna. The package, a personal gift all the way from Austria travelled high above the harbour on one of Sydney’s famous sea planes, before it was transferred…

Mary Coustas, the very first Greek-Australian Commentator

Mary Coustas (Μαρία Κούστας) born 16 September 1964 is an Australian actress, comedian and television personality. Originally from Melbourne, her television career started with the popular television sitcom “Acropolis Now” (1989-1992), in the role of Effie Stephanidis, a stereotypical second-generation Greek Australian prone to malapropisms. She won the Logie Award for Most Popular Comedy Personality in 1993. Since then she has appeared as “Effie” in other television shows and commercials. Apart from that she played other roles, both dramatic and comic, she released a single,…

Australian Eurovision Artists

In the past well-known Australian artists represented other countries, namely Peter Doyle & Marty Christian, as members of the New Seekers (IRL 72), Olivia Newton John (UK 74), Johnny Logan (IRL 80, 87), Jane Comerfort (GER 06), and Gina G (UK 96), while the BBC had twice asked from Danii Minogue to represent the UK.         Moreover there are references in some songs’ lyrics, the most memorable of which being “Boom Boom Boomerang” (AUT 77-Kangaroos, didgeridoos). This year, another Australian, of Armenian…

Sydney 1997: un unknown story

Back in 1996 the European magazine of Eurovision fans “Eurosong News” claimed that the Australian television asked officially that Sydney would take over the 1997 Contest and that the winning country would go on hosting the next year, a suggestion that was rejected due to heavy costs that the delegations would have to pay. It is also known that various official petitions for participation were made through the years, but they were also rejected because Australia does not belong neither to the European Broadcasting Area…