Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Country Australia
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 11 December 2017
Song: 8 March 2018
Selected entrantJessica Mauboy
Selected song"We Got Love"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (4th, 212 points)
Final result20th, 99 points
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Australia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "We Got Love" written by Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci and Jessica Mauboy. The song was performed by Jessica Mauboy, who was internally selected by the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) to represent the nation at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Mauboy was announced as the Australian representative on 11 December 2017. The song Mauboy performed, "We Got Love", was presented to the public on 8 March 2018.

Background[edit]

Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a "one-off" special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part. In 2015, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final of the contest and was allowed to vote during both semi-finals and the final; however, for the 2016 contest, Australia would have to qualify to the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was allocated to compete. On 23 August 2017, SBS confirmed Australia's participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after securing an invitation for the fourth year in a row.[1] In 2017, Australia was represented by Isaiah Firebrace and the song "Don't Come Easy". The country ended in ninth place in the grand final with 173 points.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 11 December 2017, SBS announced Jessica Mauboy as the Australian entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.[2] Mauboy had previously performed at the interval act at the second semi final of the 2014 contest, the year before Australia debuted at the 2015 contest.[3][4]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 29 January 2018, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Australia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2018, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[5]

Once all the competing songs for the 2018 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Australia was set to perform in position 9, following the entry from Netherlands and preceding the entry from Georgia.[6]

Semi-final[edit]

Final[edit]

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.

Points awarded to Australia[edit]

Points awarded to Australia (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Australia (final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Australia[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Australian jury:[7]

Split voting results from Australia (Semi-final 2)
Draw Country Jury Televote
R. Wilkins J. Raskopoulos L-Fresh the Lion Z. Rowe M. Millgate Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Norway 1 15 8 3 3 3 8 5 6
02  Romania 4 17 12 9 16 12 14
03  Serbia 14 12 11 7 12 14 12
04  San Marino 17 16 10 16 7 15 9 2
05  Denmark 15 6 16 10 1 5 6 1 12
06  Russia 12 13 13 8 15 16 17
07  Moldova 10 2 4 2 4 2 10 2 10
08  Netherlands 13 11 3 13 10 10 1 10 1
09  Australia
10  Georgia 11 3 14 12 11 11 15
11  Poland 16 9 17 15 8 17 13
12  Malta 7 10 5 4 17 8 3 4 7
13  Hungary 9 4 7 11 6 7 4 8 3
14  Latvia 2 5 15 14 9 6 5 11
15  Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 1 12 3 8
16  Montenegro 5 14 9 17 14 13 16
17  Slovenia 8 8 6 5 13 9 2 7 4
18  Ukraine 6 7 2 6 5 4 7 6 5
Split voting results from Australia (final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
R. Wilkins J. Raskopoulos L-Fresh the Lion Z. Rowe M. Millgate Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Ukraine 21 10 7 12 16 15 16
02  Spain 2 25 2 17 13 4 7 25
03  Slovenia 25 23 18 22 25 25 14
04  Lithuania 1 22 4 25 19 8 3 20
05  Austria 17 4 5 3 22 6 5 13
06  Estonia 10 3 1 9 20 3 8 11
07  Norway 11 14 13 11 10 16 10 1
08  Portugal 6 24 20 20 24 18 24
09  United Kingdom 19 19 14 15 11 21 5 6
10  Serbia 20 21 11 18 17 23 21
11  Germany 3 2 3 2 7 2 10 9 2
12  Albania 13 13 6 19 8 14 23
13  France 16 12 21 21 14 22 18
14  Czech Republic 18 17 25 24 1 10 1 8 3
15  Denmark 15 6 15 16 6 13 2 10
16  Australia
17  Finland 23 20 19 13 21 24 7 4
18  Bulgaria 22 18 24 7 23 20 19
19  Moldova 14 5 9 6 18 9 2 6 5
20  Sweden 4 1 8 1 2 1 12 12
21  Hungary 24 11 16 14 12 19 15
22  Israel 9 8 10 4 4 5 6 1 12
23  Netherlands 7 16 12 23 15 17 22
24  Ireland 8 7 23 5 3 7 4 3 8
25  Cyprus 5 9 22 10 9 11 4 7
26  Italy 12 15 17 8 5 12 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia confirmed for 2018! Who will fly the flag in Lisbon?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at Eurovision 2018". SBS Guide. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ "SBS confirms Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at Eurovision 2018". wiwibloggs. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet Jessica Mauboy, the honorary Copenhagener who's already qualified for Eurovision 2018". CPH Post Online. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 January 2018). "Which countries will perform in which Semi-Final at Eurovision 2018?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Running order for Eurovision 2018 Semi-Finals revealed". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. ^ Groot, Evert (30 April 2018). "Exclusive: They are the expert jurors for Eurovision 2018". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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