Jessica Mauboy Will Represent Australia In The Eurovision Song Contest In 2018!

It'll be her second time!

Jessica Mauboy Will Represent Australia In The Eurovision Song Contest In 2018! Supplied

This afternoon, SBS has announced that Aussie superstar Jessica Mauboy will be representing our country in the Eurovision Song Contest next year!

In 2014, Jess performed as a guest at the event held in Copenhagen, Denmark, becoming the first non-European musician to do so but in 2018, she'll actually be competing for the first time!

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The singer told SBS that she thinks Eurovision is a "unique" and "wonderful" event that she's proud to be a part of.

"It brings together over 40 diverse countries and cultures under one roof to unite us all in music.

"It shows how much the power of song can transcend differences.

"I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous - mainly about the stress of the dress!"

Since she broke onto the Australian music scene, Jess has been a massive campaigner for the welfare of Indigenous children and has opened many doors for Indigenous performers.

Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke released a statement this afternoon, saying that Jess's original performance at Eurovision is the reason we're now included in the competition!

"Jessica Mauboy’s performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision – before the great moments of Guy, Dami and Isaiah there was Jess, who touched the hearts of the Eurovision directors and proved just how talented our vocalists are.

"Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned.

"We can't wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision- style as a galactic soul diva."

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2018 will be Australia's fourth year in the competition after an amazing three years of top ten finishes!

The Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Lisbon, Portugal for the first time next year, after their contestant Salvador Sobral won the competition in 2017.

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