“No decision on Germany hosting Eurovision in case Australia wins”

Christer Björkman

Christer Björkman

The Swedish broadcaster SVT aired first episode of its preview show yesterday. One of the countries that was rated by the jury was Australia – they received full points from all the members in the panel. Christer Björkman commented that in case Australia would win, the contest would be held in Germany. However, these comments have been denied by the Reference Group.

On the German broadcaster’s blogFrank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, says that Björkman’s comments are premature;

When Australia would win the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, the next contest will take place in Europe, as announced earlier, for practical reasons. In such case, there are numerous potential European broadcasters SBS Australia could partner with, one of them being NDR in Germany, amongst several others. The cooperation with one particular public broadcaster would only be further explored and formalised should Australia win the upcoming contest. To leave no doubt for speculation about the possible host country of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in case of an Australian win, we stress that Mr. Björkman’s unfortunate comments are nothing but premature.

Australia competes directly in the final of Eurovision Song Contest for the first time this year. They are able to vote in both semi-finals, decision on whether audience will be able to vote as well is yet to be made. If Australia wins, they are allowed to compete next year as well.