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    Australia Is Going To Be Participating In This Year's Eurovision Song Contest

    Even though the competition is called EURO-vision.

    Australia is going to be competing in Eurovision.

    Eurovision Song Contest / youtube.com

    To mark the 60th year of the Eurovision Song Contest, Australia has been allowed to join the competition for the first time. Eurovision is incredibly popular in Australia, although the land of Kylie has never previously taken part in the festival of high camp. This also means that there will be 40 countries competing.

    Eurovision Song Contest executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said:

    It's a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let's celebrate this party together!

    At the very heart of the Eurovision Song Contest is the importance of bringing countries together to celebrate diversity, music and culture. We have admired and respected SBS's support of Eurovision for many years now and wanted to extend the invitation for Australia to join us in this special 60th Anniversary of the Contest. It would be remiss of us to throw the world's biggest party and not invite our Australian friends, who have such a long history and connection with Eurovision.

    But some people are confused at the announcement.

    Australia to compete it Eurovision...eh?? How does that make sense.

    Heather Campbell@haaaaacFollow

    Australia to compete it Eurovision...eh?? How does that make sense.

    5:55 PM - 10 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    If you Photoshop Australia so it's just off the coast of Portugal, letting them into Eurovision kind of makes sense

    The Media Blog@TheMediaTweetsFollow

    If you Photoshop Australia so it's just off the coast of Portugal, letting them into Eurovision kind of makes sense

    6:36 PM - 10 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Thanks to the magic of #Eurovision, I can now tick Australia off the list as another European country I've visited.

    Ed Brody@chiefbrody1984Follow

    Thanks to the magic of #Eurovision, I can now tick Australia off the list as another European country I've visited.

    5:17 PM - 10 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Others have argued that it isn't that important.

    "But Australia isn't in Europe" NO ONE CARES. Shhh. #Eurovision

    David Morgan@thisisdavidFollow

    "But Australia isn't in Europe"

    NO ONE CARES. Shhh.

    #Eurovision

    5:33 PM - 10 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Wow! Australia is COMPETING @Eurovision Song Contest this year! DYK Olivia Newton-John sang for the UK in '74? I'm full of trivia.

    Juliana Dever@CleverDeverFollow

    Wow! Australia is COMPETING @Eurovision Song Contest this year! DYK Olivia Newton-John sang for the UK in '74? I'm full of trivia.

    5:47 PM - 10 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It is also worth noting that if Australia wins the contest, they won't host the competition next year.

    eurovision.tv

    This is according to an FAQ on the Eurovision website.

    You can watch the full announcement here.

    View this video on YouTube

    Eurovision Song Contest / youtube.com
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