Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian

An estimated 180 million viewers will watch the Eurovision Song Contest tonight. Guy Sebastian is among the favourites.

His song“Tonight Again” has created a buzz in Vienna with the bookies ranking him in the top five of 27 finalists.

I have been invited to take part on a press trip to experience the madness first hand. Eurovision has not been on my radar in the past – I must admit – but 48 hours into my itinerary I ask myself “where have I been?”

Celebrating 60 years, Eurovision and its production machine have created its own universe, language, currency, politics and conspiracy theories. It’s fascinating. The people are fascinating.

And I am hooked.  Australia will sleep while this monster will lash out at our country – elevating us to new heights!

While my crash course on Eurovision consumed most of my time  – Vienna is waiting patiently to be enjoyed and discovered.

I am staying at Hotel Altstadt, ( with its individually designed rooms, amazing artwork displayed including works from Andy Warhol and located in the heart of old Vienna. To live, sleep and enjoy Vienna in one of its historic buildings itself is an absolute must when visiting. You can hear the walls talk!

In the lead up to tonight show – we follow Guy Sebastian around town. We soak up the athmosphere at the Eurovillage and experience first-hand the support and welcome by Eurovision fans of the Australian addition – we see him again at the Australian embassy where he gives a stunning vocal performance that really does highlight his talent. On another day we stop by the Aussi pub, where he pops in for a couple of songs – everyone feels the excitement and solidarity Eurovision produces.