Shannon Noll To Get His Eurovision Chance... As A Judge
Australian actress and jazz singer Monica Trapaga will head the Australian judging panel for Eurovision 2016.
Trapaga, perhaps best known for presenting Play School during the '90s, will be joined on the five-strong panel by Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll, Spicks and Specks star Myf Warhurst, TV and radio presenter James Mathison and music producer Craig Portelis.
SBS director of television and online content Marshall Heald said the jury represented "some of Australia's biggest music fans - not to mention industry legends in their own right".
The jury's score will account for 50 per cent of the national vote, the other half being decided by the public.
In each semi-final 10 contestants will be chosen to qualify for the grand final on Sunday May 15.
Dami Im will perform Sound of Silence in the second semi on Friday May 13.
Australians will be invited to vote via the official app, telephone and/or SMS in the second semi-final as well as in the grand final.
While Aussies are unable to vote for Im, other interesting acts to chose from will include naked Belarus singer Ivan and his live wolves, Ireland's ex-Westlife member Nicky Byrne, Spain's singing star Barei and high-profile Russian singer/actor/TV presenter Sergey Lazarev.
SBS announced that the network's newsreader Lee Lin Chin will return as Australia's Eurovision spokeswoman, presenting Australia's allocation of points with "aplomb, impeccable pronunciation and an asymmetrical outfit".