Some exciting news for the Gold Coast today, with confirmation that Eurovision: Australia Decides will once again be broadcast live from the coast in 2022.
After a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, the glittering television event will return to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February.
SBS has confirmed it will once again be hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst.
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The two-day event gives Aussies the chance to vote for who they believe should represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy in 2022.
It’s expected to deliver significant benefits for the local screen and tourism sectors.
“The Gold Coast has hosted Eurovision – Australia Decides since the very beginning in 2019, attracting thousands of enthusiastic Eurovision fans from across the country and providing a platform to showcase the region to a huge national TV audience, all tuning in to vote for their favourite song,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Preparations for the broadcast will take place over four weeks, creating approximately 200 jobs for our highly skilled local TV crew, plus training opportunities giving emerging screen practitioners the on-the-job work experience they need.”
It’s understood Tourism and Events Queensland helped secure the event for the Gold Coast with the support of the State Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.
“With the Gold Coast’s glittering skyscrapers and picture-perfect beaches, we’re looking forward to welcoming Australian contestants and their fans to support jobs and the recovery of local tourism operators,” Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.
Screen Queensland has hailed it as a massive win for the screen industry.
“Eurovision is one of the biggest television events in the world and to be part of this live, nation-wide production under the prestigious Eurovision banner is an immense career-building opportunity for local screen practitioners,” Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said.
“Eurovision is a celebration of international unity raising the volume of diverse voices – a true exhibition of the power of screen to create a positive global impact and a much-needed sense of global community.”
The Friday night and Saturday afternoon performances will be ticketed dress rehearsals, with the live broadcast taking place on Saturday night, 26 February 7:30pm AEST.
Information about tickets is expected to be available soon.