If you’ve watched the Eurovision Song Contest for a number of years, you notice certain song archetypes that show up year after year. Different countries, different performers, but the same general concept behind the song. Some are pretty standard in the music industry (love ballad sung by teenage boy), while some are oddly specific (setting a piano on fire).

For the last five years, Australia has participated in the contest, as it’s a member of the European Broadcasting Union. For their first year, 2015, they sent an uptempo, high-energy dance number with a likeable music group.

five singers dancing on a stage lined with pretend streetlights

In 2016, they sent a powerful ballad belted out by a woman who hits shocking high notes with ease.

Singer Dami Im seated on a tall block while wearing a sparkly silver gown

For 2017, we had a teenage boy singing about lost love.

Singer Isaiah Firebrace singing with one hand outstretched

2018 featured an uptempo, encouraging pop song about how we have what we need to make the world better.

Singer Jessica Mauboy leaning back while singing into a microphone and wearing a purple dress

And now in 2019, Australia has selected a bizarre, unique performance, that also includes a cool staging gimmick, and an enormous gown that’s like two stories tall.

Singer Kate Miller-Heidke dressed in a crown and a huge dress, with a dancer on a spring-loaded pole contraption behind her

And this was the year I realized … we’ve seen all these tropes before. Every year, in fact. Someone always sends the music group with a cool dance number. Someone always sends the power ballad with awesome high notes. Someone always sends the teenage boy singing about love. Someone always sends the encouraging “you got this” pop song. Someone always sends a song that uses a unique staging element. And someone always sends a performance that makes you go “WTF is happening on that stage right now?” In fact, it’s not uncommon to see somebody wearing a giant dress shaped like a volcano with the singer erupting out of it, either.

If Eurovision was a bingo card of tropes, Australia seems to be trying for blackout.


To help them along, here’s a fun Eurovision bingo card you can print out.

Mark down those beloved tropes in this year’s contest, or use it to predict Australia’s next moves in 2020 and beyond.

We’re onto you, Australia. When next year you show up with a cute young couple singing a love song while playing a burning piano shaped like a pyramid, none of us will be surprised.


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