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Eurovision 2023: Why are Australia and Israel competing?

The 67th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 in Liverpool, England. Among the candidates are naturally European countries and – even more surprisingly – Australia or Israel: but for what reasons?

The same question comes up every year. If Eurovision is a European song contest, why do Australia and Israel have candidates who are not in Europe?

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Israel bowled in 1973. The Jewish state was then the first country to try its fortunes outside of Europe. Since 1973, Israel has won Eurovision four times. Singer Netta and the last launched in 2018 with the title “Toy”. This year, Israel is represented by artist Noah Grell and the song “Unicorn”.

It was in 2015 that Australia was nominated for Eurovision for the first time. A choice by the organizers that year to thank Australia for its loyalty to the televised event every year. This application must be private. But audience success has encouraged the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) to renew the invitation year after year. This year, Australia is represented by the group Voyager and its song “Promise”.

In the past, other countries outside of Europe participated briefly in Eurovision: Turkey between 1975 and 2012, Morocco in 1980. Other countries from outside Europe have been included in the competition and have not since left: Armenia in 2006, Georgia in 2007 and Azerbaijan in 2008.

Other countries in the world have chosen to join the EBU and could theoretically be candidates for Eurovision one day: Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan or Libya. With one essential rule: the country that wins Eurovision must organize the following year’s contest. Exception in 2023: England hosts the tournament despite Ukraine winning last year.

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