The countdown to the Eurovision - Australia Decides contest is officially underway with the first two artists joining the race being announced today. 

Local favourites Vanessa Amorosi and Casey Donovan are confirmed to compete in the contest where they'll perform an original song for the chance to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands.

"I am a proud Aussie and to have the opportunity to sing one of my songs on a huge international stage representing Australia would be unforgettable," Amorosi said.

"I look forward to Australia hearing my song and working alongside friends and fellow musicians on this journey. It’s going to be very special."

Donovan added, "When I was asked I thought, what an amazing thing to be a part of! It doesn't matter what happens for me.

"Proud is such an incredible song written by the talented Justine Eltakchi and I'm proud to sing it. I can't wait to share the stage with some of Australia's most talented singers. And I mean Vanessa Amorosi… She's my idol! I love her!"

Eurovision - Australia Decides takes place on the Gold Coast from 7-8 February.

"We have more exciting artists and songs to announce soon - it’s shaping up to be an absolutely awesome show!” Eurovision - Australia Decides Creative Director Paul Clarke said.

The inaugural Australia Decides competition featured big names like Sheppard, Courtney Act and Ella Hooper, as well as a breakout performance by BIGSOUND 2019 act Electric Fields, while Kate Miller-Heidke went on to win.

Miller-Heidke finished in ninth spot at Eurovision 2019 with her original song, Zero Gravity, while The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence was crowned the winner.