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No, Australia still isn’t in Europe. No, we still don’t care (2017 Edition)

Another year of Australia in Eurovision, another year of complaints. But like we told you last year, and the year before, that really isn’t an issue anymore. Here’s why…

Yep, Australia still isn’t in Europe. But last time we checked Israel, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia weren’t either and no one complains about them. Plus, by all accounts, the UK is trying to form its own continent somewhere in the Atlantic and they get a free-ride straight to the final so…

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Australia. They’ve sent a great song performed by an actual Australian, why not let him in?

Credits: EBU, Peter Brew Bevan
Credits: EBU, Peter Brew Bevan

I mean Denmark’s entry is more Australian than Danish (she was born out there) and no one cares about that.

Credits: EBU, DR
Credits: EBU, DR

“Bulagria’s”Kristian Kostov was also not born or raised in that country and he’s one of the favourites!

Credits: EBU, Diliana Florentin / Virginia Records
Credits: EBU, Diliana Florentin / Virginia Records

The lead singer of Azerbaijan’s Dihaj? She’ll technically be performing on home ground given that she was born in what is now Ukraine.

Credits: EBU, Haris Farsarakis
Credits: EBU, Haris Farsarakis

And then there’s Timebelle who have a whole history of different nationalities. Although currently they do all live and work in Switzerland so they’re not total imposters unlike…

Credits: EBU, SRF/Stoian Stdefan Danut
Credits: EBU, SRF/Stoian Stdefan Danut

Jimmie Wilson. He’s American. He lives in Germany. And he’s singing for? That’s right – San Marino!

Credits: EBU, Claude Langlois
Credits: EBU, Claude Langlois

And yet actual European Nathan Trent had to pull out of the German selection event because, while there may not be a Eurovision-wide rule about required nationalities, there is one that prevents you from representing two countries in the same year, meaning he’s stuck with his birth nation (for 2017 at least).

Credits: EBU, Roman Zach-Kiesling ORF
Credits: EBU, Roman Zach-Kiesling ORF

Plus don’t even get us started on the people behind the songs. The UK entry? Well that’s written by previous Eurovision winner and proud Dane Emmelie de Forest. Probably because all the UK song writers are busy penning entries for…. the Czech Republic and Poland of course!

Does this make her British now? Credits: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Does this make her win British now?
Credits: Sander Hesterman (EBU)

So next time someone complains that Australia isn’t in Europe just remember that this year Denmark is Australian too, the UK is part Danish and in 1980 even Morocco was allowed in. You’re welcome.

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