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…
Australia. They’ve sent a great song performed by an actual Australian, why not let him in?
I mean Denmark’s entry is more Australian than Danish (she was born out there) and no one cares about that.
“Bulagria’s”Kristian Kostov was also not born or raised in that country and he’s one of the favourites!
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.
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…
Jimmie Wilson. He’s American. He lives in Germany. And he’s singing for? That’s right – San Marino!
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).
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!
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.