Australia's Eurovision Entry Is Making Europeans Mad

21/11/2015 3:03 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Guy Sebastian representing Australia performs the song 'Tonight Again' during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

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.

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.

Some Eurovision fans laid some mega burns on Australia.

#Knobhead, damn:

This just seems unnecessarily mean and nasty:

"Terrifying idiocy" sounds like a bit of an over-reaction:

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:

Some fans are even placing their own demands on our entry into the contest:

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."

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