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Australia’s Eurovision entry, Voyager is calling for New Zealand to take part in the Song Contest.
Australia has only been able to compete in Eurovision since 2015, after being invited to commemorate the competition’s 60th anniversary.
Ever since, fans have been able to tune into SBS, which has broadcast the singing competition since 1983.
Despite the controversial move, usually, only countries which are a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are allowed to compete.
However, Voyager, which is made up of five members – Daniel “Danny” Estrin, Simone Dow, Scott Kay, Ashley Doodkorte and Alex Canion – hopes New Zealand could join the competition one day.
The synth-metal group from Perth will be taking to the stage to perform their song Promise.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, band member Ashley opened up about how important it is for them as a band to compete in Eurovision 2023.
Sharing his thoughts on New Zealand joining the line-up, Ashley said: “I think everyone should be invited.
“The more people that are [invited] from all these different backgrounds, the more fun it becomes.”
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“Although I will say, if New Zealand gets in and does better than us then we’re gonna pull out Nicole Kidman or Russell Crowe,” he joked.
Ashley went on to admit he never imagined the band would be performing at Eurovision.
He continued: “Myself and Danny have always been Eurovision fans and we’ve been watching the contest for years.
“As a musician, you always sit there and think ‘That’d be really fun to play’.
“Then you remember that you’re a synth metal band from Perth, so it’s nice to dream that maybe we get something like that someday.”
Turning his attention to their song, Promise, the Eurovision star added: “The song is all about… sorta things can kind of get pretty heavy sometimes,” the Eurovision star shared.
“There’s a lot going on in your life, there’s a lot going on in the world and it can get a bit chaotic and intense.
“So sometimes you know you need to escape from that and you need to find the people that make you happy.
“You need to find the things that make you happier and when you get there you’re going to find out that everything’s gonna be alright.”
The Eurovision Song Contest airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One.
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