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Jessica Mauboy returns to Eurovision

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Jessica Mauboy will be competing for Eurovision glory in 2018, as Australia’s representative in Lisbon, Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be broadcast exclusively on SBS from May 9 to 13, 2018.

Eurovision aficionados are well aware that in 2014, Jessica made history when she was invited to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so. This time, she’s competing for Australia and a shot at Eurovision glory.

The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.


Graham Norton Takes Over Eurovision

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Comedian Graham Norton is to take over as presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest, replacing Terry Wogan who bowed out after more than 30 years of hosting the show, the BBC announced on Friday.

Wogan, who first commentated on the camp and kitsch contest in 1973 before taking up the role permanently in 1980, had become increasingly critical of the show's politics, with neighbouring countries voting for each other.

Last year Britain's entry Andy Abraham finished joint last after receiving no votes from any of the 22 east European countries taking part.

"I've had 35 wonderful years commentating on the Eurovision for radio and television," Wogan said.

"From my first, in a small music-hall in Dublin, to my last, in the huge arena in Belgrade, it has been nothing but laughter and fun. The silly songs, the spectacle, the grandiose foolishness of it all.

"I'll be sad to leave it all behind, but I'll be watching and listening, and happy to leave it in the witty hands of Graham."

Norton said following in Wogan's footsteps was a "huge honour."

"Sir Terry is nothing less than legend and is an impossible act to follow but somebody must and I just couldn't say no," he said.

"I can't wait to get to Moscow -- with a combination of cheap vodka and a language barrier what could possibly go wrong?"

The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, making it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world.

Britain last won in 1997 with "Love Shine A Light" by Katrina and the Waves.


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