Australia's elation at being accepted to compete in Eurovision in 2016 has only been matched by the fury and rage of some Europeans.
News broke on Tuesday that Australia, after coming fifth in the 2015 song competition in Vienna, will next year be properly competing in the contest.
"The feedback we got from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters after Australia's participation in Vienna was overwhelmingly positive," said Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest.
"We strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event. Australia's continued participation is an exciting step in that direction."
A lot of people were very stoked.
This years Eurovision was amazing; now Australia is coming back next year is excellent news, will truly make it a great competition @EBU_HQ— Adam Wrigley (@AdamEuro1) November 17, 2015
@ESCinConcert the EBU can invite whichever members they like. I think it's great they've been invited back. More quality performers.— Peter Hayes (@peterhayesf1) November 17, 2015
But a bunch of Europeans are not excited at all. Whether through fear Australia will put in a winning performance, or whether sticklers for the "Euro" part of "Eurovision," a real undercurrent of ill-will toward the Aussies is brewing in the murky depths of the Eurovision fandom.
@ESCinConcert Just horrible. I don't want them back.— Patrick (@Quatschel) November 17, 2015
# eurovision Don't get me wrong, I love the eurovision but why is Australia in the contest again! Thought it was for 1 year only!— Martin Turner (@turnips7333) November 17, 2015
Really unsure about Australia at Eurovision. We'd be moaning if it was China. Just because they're a western country doesn't make it right— Duanne Jackson (@Duannesworth) November 17, 2015
Some Eurovision fans laid some mega burns on Australia.
This just seems unnecessarily mean and nasty:
@ESCinConcert Australia is like the person you let join your group cos you feel sorry for them. It's a European contest not global— Dion Rí (@Born2Survive_) November 17, 2015
"Terrifying idiocy" sounds like a bit of an over-reaction:
Everyone knew 'anniversary' excuse for Australia taking part last year was bobbins #Eurovision - but the 'global' hint is terrifying idiocy— ELab (@elab49) November 17, 2015
Just wait til we unleash Shannon Noll on you; then, it will be YOU who has no idea what you're getting YOURSELF into, pal:
Australia will be partaking in Eurovision 2016 again. Poor souls still have no idea what they are getting in to.— Jan Črnič (@TheProcrast) November 17, 2015
Some fans are even placing their own demands on our entry into the contest:
I only want Australia involved if they send Kylie #Eurovision— Franuel (@LollyWheeks) November 17, 2015
Australia is gonna be part of the Eurovision again, send 5sos pls— Maria (@5sosbonanna) November 17, 2015
Australia will join the competition in the semi-final phase, and will have to win through to the final in Stockholm on merit. A statement from Eurovision announcing the news said "it is yet to be decided whether Australia will become a permanent participant in the contest."Suggest a correction