Australia’s Eurovision Spokesperson Revealed: Danny Estrin to Take the Spotlight

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Danny Estrin, the charismatic frontman of Voyager, Australia’s 2023 Eurovision entrants, has been chosen as the spokesperson for Australia at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Malmö, Sweden. Estrin is excited to shine once more, bringing his unique brand of glitz and glam to the voting segment.

Myf Warhurst, Joel Creasey, and Courtney Act will present the Grand Final live on SBS at 5 am AEST on Sunday, 11 May, with a primetime replay at 7:30 pm. Australians can participate in the live voting for the Grand Final through Digame, the official online voting partner, by visiting www.esc.vote. SMS and televoting are replaced by this method, with each vote costing 65 cents and a limit of 20 votes per person.

Following tradition, Australians cannot vote for their own country and will cast their votes for another nation in the Grand Final. This year, Australia’s entry, “One Milkali (One Blood)” by Electric Fields, didn’t qualify for the final.

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Estrin’s role as spokesperson comes after Voyager’s memorable performance at Eurovision 2023, where they placed ninth with “Promise.” Unfortunately, a subsequent cancer diagnosis led to the band’s European tour cancellation. Estrin’s health is the focus, and his return to the stage is eagerly awaited.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 promises excitement, with Australia once again embracing this European tradition, now a beloved part of Australian culture since 1983.

Why Does Australia Compete in Eurovision?

Australia’s involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest, a predominantly European event, has sparked curiosity and questions. Since 2015, Australia has been an active participant, and there are several reasons for this unique situation.

Broadcasting and Cultural Connections:

SBS, the Australian broadcaster, has played a pivotal role in fostering a dedicated Eurovision fanbase in Australia since it began airing the contest in 1983.

Australia’s cultural ties to Europe are strong due to its migration history, and many Australians have competed for other nations in the past, including notable names like Olivia Newton-John and Johnny Logan.

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Global Expansion and Dedication:

Eurovision itself has actively sought to expand its global reach. In 2015, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) invited Australia as a wildcard entry for the contest’s 60th anniversary, recognizing the country’s dedicated fanbase.

Australia’s initial participation was intended as a one-off, but SBS successfully negotiated to secure a continued spot, reflecting the country’s enthusiasm and commitment to the competition.

A Unique Contributor:

Australia adds a distinct flavor to the competition, blending its cultural influences and artistic talents with those of its European counterparts.

While Australia is the most distant non-European competitor, it is not alone, as Israel, Ukraine, and Armenia also participate, showcasing the diverse and inclusive nature of the event.

As Australia continues its Eurovision journey, it strengthens its unique bond with Europe and contributes to the competition’s evolving global appeal.

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