In 2015 the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary. As Conchita Wurst won the title for Austria last year, the contest this year will be held in Vienna. The ESC took place for the first time in 1956 in Ligano, Switzerland under the name “Grand Prix Eurovision da la Chanson”.
Now, for the first time in the history of the ESC a country is participating which is located outside Europe, in fact on the other side of the world – Australia. The ESC has many dedicated Australian fans and followers. Last year about three million Australians watched the Song Contest on television. On the back of these high viewer figures, the Eurovision Broadcasting Union and the broadcasting companies invited Australia to join the contest.
This is a unique opportunity for Australia to be involved in a truly European event. However, there is one extra condition to the rules: if Australia won the ESC they would have to choose a partnership country in Europe for the staging of the contest in 2016. The most likely choice for the Australians would be the United Kingdom. As a member of the Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth II as their Sovereign, Australia feels connected to the UK. The UK won the Contest last in 1977, so they would be honoured and thrilled to have the chance to stage the celebrations again.