Australia to compete in Eurovision

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Australia will once again compete in the Eurovision Song Contest next year, SBS has confirmed.

But this time we’ll have to do it the hard way to make the final,┬áneeding to survive┬áthe cut throat semi-finals alongside 41 other countries.

“SBS is excited to announce that, following the huge success of Australia’s first ever competitive entry in 2015, it has once again secured an opportunity for an Australian artist to officially compete on the world’s biggest stage,” a SBS statement announced.

“Next year in Stockholm, Australia will be competing from the semi-finals, fighting it out with 41 other nations and SBS will announce in the New Year who the lucky artist will be.”

The broadcaster is again set to send Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang along for the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Sweden.

The song contest allowed Australia a “one-off” entry this year as part of the 60th anniversary celebration, with Guy Sebastian finishing 5th overall.

“There has been a lot of work to get this happening and we’re very, very excited,” a network spokesperson said.

The 61st Annual Eurovision Song Contest final airs Sunday May 17, 2016 on SBS1