Fans Petition For Kylie, TISM At Eurovision

Fans of Australian acts Kylie Minogue and ’90s underground band TISM have launched online petitions for their acts to represent Australia at the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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Kylie Minogue arrives at Anglia Ruskin University before receiving an honorary degree in Chelmsford, England.

The contest tales place May 23 in Austria. Eurovision announced Feb. 11 that although the contest is only for member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Australia was granted a one-off wildcard.

This was due to the fact Australian TV has broadcast the event for 30 years with “a loyal fan base watching the event every year,” according to the EBU. The show is broadcast downunder on the SBS network, which is an associate member of the EBU. The seven-piece pop satirists TISM (This Is Serious Mum) refuse to reveal their identities.

They appeared on stage in balaclavas and conducted interviews by fax. Known for outrageous theatrical behavior, their songs included radio hits “Defecate On My Face” and an ode to River Phoenix called “(You’ll Never Be An) Old Man River.” The group split 11 years ago. SBS will decide by March 16 who will represent Australia.

Australians acts Olivia Newton-John, Gina G, Jane Comerford and Johnny Logan competed at past Eurovisions. But they represented the countries they lived in, including the UK, Germany and Ireland. R&B singer and Sony Music signing Jessica Mauboy provided the interval entertainment at last year’s event.