Eurovision is over for another year, and Australia’s first attempt at Eurovision glory created a ratings boom for SBS, with the second semi-final breaking records as the most successful SBS Eurovision broadcast ever.
Over one million Australians tuned in to see home-grown crooner Guy Sebastianbattle it out against Europe’s most talented, and weirdest, singing acts. Hosted by Eurovision fans Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, Eurovision’s 60th anniversary event, which was held in Vienna, was the most-watched show by viewers aged 16-49, and trended at number one on Twitter. The winner was Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow, followed closely by Russia’s Polina Gagarina in second place and Italy’s Il Volo in third place. Aussie entrant Sebastian came in fifth place, a spectacular feat for a first time entrant.
Sebastian is enjoying considerable success after his excellent placing at Eurovision, with his song “Tonight Again” hitting number two on the iTunes chart in Sweden, second only to Zelmerlow’s song “Heroes”. Sebastian thanked everyone back home for their support, tweeting, “Thanks everyone for your kind messages I’ve had the best time here in Europe so far. Top 5! Thanks Europe for making Australia so welcome.”
Eurovision 2015 was Sweden’s 6th win since entering the competition, and next year’s awards will be held in Sweden, as is custom with a country’s win.