Sunday 18 February 2018

Aussie star makes Eurovision debut

Guy Sebastian represented Australia with Tonight Again at Eurovision (AP)
Guy Sebastian represented Australia with Tonight Again at Eurovision (AP)

Australia have given their first ever performance for the Eurovision Song Contest after being invited as this year's special guests.

Guy Sebastian had the honour of representing his country's debut in the competition with Tonight Again, going on stage as the 12th act at Vienna's Wiener Stadthalle.

He had been expected to give Australia a good shot at success as one of their best-selling musicians and the only male artist ever to get six number one singles and two number one albums in Australian chart history.

And he proved popular with many Europeans as the guest nation finished fifth with 196 points, behind Sweden, Russia, Italy and Belgium.

The nation was invited to take part as a special guest to mark the contest's 60th anniversary, which this year is taking place in Austria.

Viewers seemed impressed with Australia's performance, with Lucyelle Cliffe tweeting: "Yes! That's how you do a live vocal! Go Australia" while a user called Joakim J tweeted: "Australia is doing Eurovision wrong. You're not supposed to send people who can sing."

But others couldn't understand why the Antipodeans had been included.

Chloe Louise tweeted: "How are Australia in the Eurovision when it's not even in Europe" and Laura Juliet Mercer added: "Umm why on earth are Australia on Eurovision?"

Press Association

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