Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian

Eurovision Song Contest organisers have confirmed that Australia will compete in the 2016 competition, following their successful entry through Guy Sebastian in 2015.

Sending an entry to the event in Stockholm, Eurovision says that Australia's involvement was an "exciting step" in making the show "a truly global event".

Australia originally entered the contest last year as a wildcard entry to mark the 60th anniversary of the show, and Guy Sebastian managed to come fifth with his song 'Tonight Again'.

Though the country that year had a guaranteed spot in the final, this year Australia will have to compete in the semi-final stages for the first time.

Executive supervisor of the contest, Jon Ola Sand commented: "We strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event. Australia's continued participation is an exciting step in that direction."

If Australia took home the victory, the 2017 contest would be co-hosted by Australian broadcaster SBS and an EBU member based in Europe.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest on November 21 in Sofia, Bulgaria will also see an Australian debut.

The next Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 10, 12 and 14 May 2016 in Stockholm's Global Arena.

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