THERE'S only one real competition this weekend and it sure isn't the federal election, Eurovision fan Simone Townsend says.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten may be putting their final sales pitches to the Australian public, but for Ms Townsend and her mother Debbie Corby it's falling on deaf ears.
The duo have been Eurovision fans for at least the past decade.
Yes they might get up early and watch the grand final, but their love for this quirky songwriting competition goes much, much deeper.
"It's my favourite time of the year, I love everything about it, it's completely camp and there's smoke machines," Ms Townsend said.
To celebrate the competition's first semi-final on Wednesday, the duo went to not one but two Eurovision parties, and they plan to do it all over again for the second semi-final on Friday.
During the first party, held at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, there was a best dressed competition which encouraged people to dress as their favourite Eurovision performer.
This was followed by an ABBA karaoke session. ABBA won Eurovision in 1974 with their song Waterloo.
Then, Ms Townsend, her mother and their friends headed to The Victoria Hotel to watch the live broadcast of the semi-final, which included a performance from Australian contestant Kate Miller-Heidke.
"I had goosebumps the whole time, she [Kate] was just amazing and the whole of The Vic was screaming," she said.
With the federal election on Saturday and the Eurovision grand final on Sunday, Ms Townsend said there was only one real competition.
"I do care about the politics, but I think Shorten's got it so I really only need to see who is going to win Eurovision," she said.
"I had goosebumps the whole time, she [Kate] was just amazing.Simone Townsend, Eurovision fan
Ms Townsend is confident Kate Miller-Heidke has a chance at winning.
"This is only the fifth year for Australia in the competition and Dami [Im] got silver [in 2016] and Guy Sebastian was 5th in our 1st year at the competition," she said.
"She certainly has a chance, at least to be in the top five.
"Her song Zero Gravity has a pretty relateable message worldwide and also it's very pop opera and the staging is very Eurovision."
When it comes to watching the Eurovision grand final, Ms Townsend, her mother and their friends have an annual tradition.
"We get up early to watch it with all my best friends and people we've known for years," she said.
"It starts at 5am and we'll get up an have a European breakfast and champagne."
Live early morning Eurovision broadcasts
Semi Final 2 - Friday, May 17, 5am (AEST) on SBS, with live streaming at SBS On Demand
Grand Final - Sunday, May 19, 5am (AEST) on SBS, with live streaming at SBS On Demand