Australia has been invited to submit an entry to next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.

2014 European winners announced at the World Travel Awards. Image by Rock Cohen / CC BY 2.0

Australia is European for song contest. Image by Rock Cohen / CC BY 2.0

The European Broadcasting Union said in a statement that the contest “has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event”, adding that Australian attendance “is an exciting step in that direction”.

Australia competed in the 60th edition in Vienna in May as a one-off celebration because of its “long tradition of broadcasting the show”.

For the 2016 event, Australian broadcaster SBS will not be guaranteed a finals place as it was in Vienna. Instead, Australia’s entry will have to earn a spot via the semifinals.

The event is known for its eclectic line-up of techno beats, love songs and pop tunes.

(Press Association)