As an Australian Eurovision fanatic, I am over the moon about being allowed to enter Eurovision this year, even if it’s just this one time.
But the relentless negativity (both here and abroad) is dragging down the mood - Australia isn’t Europe, Australia shouldn’t even be here, Australia can’t win so why would they bother trying.
Eurovision is meant to be inclusive, exciting and boundary-breaking, and yet some people are unwilling to let other countries join the party in order to maintain the ‘purity’ of the contest.
In all honesty, if the purists got their way every single time, the Eurovision Song Contest wouldn’t have the iconic victories of Lordi and Conchita Wurst, nor would it be the spectacle we have come to know and adore every May.
In the spirit of which Eurovision was created, to unite cultures and countries, it’s time to drop the hate - let us Australian fanatics have our moment.
Let us reach the top ten or fall flat on our faces, and then let us peacefully head home with our pride intact.
Come 2016, the contest will be back to how it was, and the purists can return to fighting about whether Israel, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iceland, Finland, Portugal, Kazakhstan or whoever it may be should be invited, or whether punk, metal or rap should even be allowed to grace its stage.
But stop raining on Australia’s parade - it’s our one and only shot to march alongside our European brethren in the greatest musical event on the planet, and to deprive us of our excitement is to spit in the face of what Eurovision is all about.