In an unprecedented and suprising move the EBU and host broadcaster ORF have invited Australia to compete in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest .

So after the latest facts a total of 40 countries will join the Eurovision party in Vienna next May. After the successful performance during the interval act in Copenhagen, Australia gained their ticket to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. The Oceanian country will qualify directly to the Grand Final in 23 May, making the total number of participating countries 27.

Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Contest, referring to Australia’s participation stated: “It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!”

SBS, the Australian broadcaster will have to submit their entry by 16 March. The song can be selected by any format the broadcaster decides. In case the country wins the contest, then SBS will co-host the show in European capital along with an EBU Member Broadcaster.The EBU, SBS and Digame are working on a way to allow the Australian audience to cast their votes during the three shows.

Last year, Australia was given the chance to perform for the first time on the Eurovision stage, when Jessica Mauboy sang during the inteval act of the second semi-final.