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

guyleatherTHE 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 the Eurovision Song Contest, viewed by more than 180 million people in 40 countries

Many people are still mystified why Australia is competing in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on May 23, but Malaysian-born Sebastian said everybody he spoke to during a European visit thought it was fantastic.

Australia may even be a wildcard to break up the notorious bloc voting that sees nations group together to support each other. The European Broadcasting Union said it invited Australia because the show is very popular in Australia, with many Eurovision parties being thrown while the live broadcast begins at 5am. People in Europe can vote for Australia, and for the first time Australians can vote in the contest. If Australia wins it will hold the 2016 contest somewhere in Europe. Parties are planned around Australia and several cinemas are putting it up on the big screen.

“I’ve been watching Eurovision since I was a young boy,” Sebastian told DPA. He is 33 and has a wife and two toddler sons. He made his name by winning reality TV show Australian Idol in 2003, and has released several hit albums.

“Eurovision is great fun and entertaining. I loved that it is so diverse with everything from hard rock Lordi in monster costumes to Russian Babushka peasant songs to girls churning butter while someone sings something,” he said.

“You never know what you’re going to get, and now they are going to get an Aussie popping up from nowhere. How good is that?”

Now an Armenian citizen … Educated in the US, Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian was born to an Australian father and a Greek-Armenian mother.

Sebastian is not the first Australian to sing at Eurovision. Australian singers have represented Germany and Britain in the past, and Australian Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian is singing this year — for Armenia.

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