The Australian national broadcaster, SBS,  has revealed that the nation will not take part in this year’s Junior Eurovision due to the covid- 19 pandemic restrictions. 

After Wales, another nation won’t be participating in Junior Eurovision 2020, as the Aussies have decided to miss out this year’s contest due to the covid-19 restrictions. The Australian Goverment has implemented a ban on all international flights from and to the country which noone know when it will be erased.

Australia’s withdrawal is the second one to be confirmed for this year’s edition and won’t be present in the contest in Warsaw on November 29.

Australia in Junior Eurovision 

Australia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The Australian broadcaster ,SBS,  an associate member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was responsible for the selection process of their participants at the 2015 and 2016 contests, while the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) took over the country’s participation from the 2017 contest.

The first act to represent the land down under  at the 2015 contest was Bella Paige with her entry “My Girls“, which came 8th out of 17 participating entries, with a score of 64 points. At the 2016 contest, having internally selected Alexa Curtis with her song “We Are”, the Aussies finished in 5th place, scoring 202 points. Isabella Clarke in 2017 and Jael Wena in 2018 both placed 3rd, are Australia’s best results to date.

Last year Jordan Antony represented the nation with his entry ‘We will rise” that finished in 8th place receiving a total of 121 points.

News Source: SBS

Cover photo: JuniorEurovision.tv