Eurovision 2016 – The annual rules for the Eurovision Song Contest have today been released by the EBU, and there are only cosmetic changes to last year. A maximum of 46 Active EBU Members shall be allowed to participate, and there will only be 26 in the final. There shall be only six guaranteed places in the final: the Host Broadcaster, five EBU Members from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.
So if Australia return to the competition they’ll have to go through the semi-finals like most countries. Or will they?
There’s a get out clause for the EBU. The rules also state:
“Subject to a decision by the EBU in consultation with the Reference Group, the number of guaranteed places in the Final may be modified depending on circumstances.”
So the EBU could add any country to the final if they so wish!