Say What? Australia Is Competing In The Eurovision Song Contest?
Organisers stretching boundaries of long-running event further than ever...
No, that's not a typo and you don't need an eye test - Australia will be fielding an entry for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest this year.
Set to be held in Vienna in May, the long-running event will see the Aussies join Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and last year's winner Austria on the list of automatic finalists.
Other countries in the contest don't fund the show's production - and so have to earn their place in the final via two semi-finals in the week before the big event.
Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the contest on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union, said: "It's a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move.
"It is our way of saying; let's celebrate this party together!"
And the move is not without precedent, since fans have long been puzzled by the inclusion of Israel in the contest.
Australia's inclusion is initially being touted as a one-off, although it will be allowed to return in 2016 if it wins.
That scenario would see 2016's contest held in a European location - to avoid prohibitive travel costs.
But enough of that. What we really want to know is who will be taking the plane ride to Vienna to represent the Aussies?
There's been no official word yet, so we've come up with a shortlist of possible candidates in case our Commonwealth cousins need a hint...
Kylie Minogue - The gold standard of Aussie pop and she's showed she's open to new directions with a stint on The Voice last year, Kylie might not be as far-fetched as all that. She'd also have the advantage of already living in old London town - a short hop from Vienna - and of course she knows how to put on a show, with costume and stagecraft being a vital component of the ESC.
5 Seconds Of Summer - Perky punk pop boy band 5SOS could totally kill it at Eurovision, but they're most likely locked into a hectic schedule for the whole year already.
Sia - An artist whose natural, unforced eccentricity and supreme songwriting skills could lay waste to the competition at Eurovision, unfortunately Sia is also probably too busy with her booming career and high-profile collabs to fit it in. Maybe in 10 years?
Dannii Minogue - She might be back in Oz and combining motherhood with reality TV work, but we reckon Dannii could be tempted to take another stab at pop stardom. She certainly knows how to pull off the sort of semi-cool dance track that Eurovision thrives on these days.
Iggy Azalea - We wonder if the US-based but Aussie-born rapper would "Fancy" a crack at some of the more obscure European markets via the ESC? The answer is almost certainly "no", but it's a nice thought anyway.
The Veronicas - The identical twin sisters from Brisbane made a splash with their big comeback last year, and their sumptuous sound would be a solid-gold vote-winner. Could it be just the launch pad they need?
Nick Cave - Another Aussie living in Britain, the Godfather of goth would be an intriguing wildcard prospect for the ESC with his epic songwriting and commanding stage presence.