Re: Thankfully, the bug won't play our (UK) Eurovision entry.
Australia tries to participate/compete in Eurovision
That's becuase it's not about being in Europe (after all, Israel isn't) but being a member of the European Broadcasters conglomerate. Which, oddly, Australia is.
The competition itself has never portrayed itself as as a serious music competition - it's a bit of fun fluff seriously enjoyed by a (mostly gay) audience.
And a few outliers like myself and my wife.. (I've watched it for years - if only to see how badly we do).