Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian has been chosen to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
The singer was announced as Australia’s first Eurovision contestant in a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House, but not all Australians are entirely happy with the decision.
Music fans down under have called Sebastian a “dull, safe choice” and have voiced their dissatisfaction with their country’s choice of contestant:
We got so much talent in Australia. Why on earth is it Guy Sebastian that we're sending to Eurovision? Not exactly a breakout artist...— Jon Barker (@Crimson3litz) March 6, 2015
Well, Australia is dumb enough to vote in Tony Abbott as PM, of course they are gonna vote Guy Sebastian for Eurovision— Layna (Neeka) (@arrestedmind) March 5, 2015
Guy Sebastian representing Australia in Eurovision is beyond hilarious— mhari (@__thedon) March 5, 2015
I can't believe the number of people who seriously thought Australia would send Sia to Eurovision...— jack (@jackobin_) March 5, 2015
Devastated that @kylieminogue isn't repping Australia for Eurovision— jack rattenbury (@KC4J) March 5, 2015
Some were equally confused about Australia taking part in Eurovision:
I'm confused, why is australia gonna be in eurovision? thought it was meant to be about europe?— hollie (@whydelongeface) March 5, 2015
Australia? In Eurovision?? WHAAA---???— Swee Lee O'Gorman (@s_ogorman92) March 5, 2015
How the heck is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest ???— Matthew James Turner (@matthewturnerAU) March 5, 2015
Australia has been invited to take part in this year’s Eurovision for the first time to mark the competition’s 60th anniversary.
The Australian public will be allowed to vote in both the semi-finals and grand final, along with the other 39 participating countries from Europe.
Sebastian won the first ever Australian Idol in 2003 and has since had eight top ten albums and two number one singles.
He has a fair few fans who are looking forward to him winning "douze points" for Australia in May:
Omg Guy Sebastian is representing Australia! I love him. #eurovision— Serena News (@SWilliamsNews) March 4, 2015
1- Australia shouldnt even be considered for Eurovision 2-Guy Sebastian is a good down to earth guy who can actually sing cut him some slack (@1975matea) March 5, 2015