For one week in the middle of May each year, Australia does the impossible.
Closing the 14,000 kilometre distance from one side of the world to the other, the nation becomes an honourary member of Europe in the pursuit of success at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Wagga woman Kylie Polkinghorne is a recent convert to the European tradition.
Her interest in the song contest began five years ago with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian's wild card entry.
"I wasn't into it before, though I knew about it. I sometimes laughed a bit when you'd see the antics on the news," she said.
"But I never really watched it."
Ms Polkinghorne describes herself as a "casual supporter", until this year.
This week, she will bridge the chasm from viewer to fan.
For the finals on Tuesday and Thursday, Ms Polkinghorne and a group of friends in Wagga will host a small viewing party - complete with crafted crowns and cheering squad.
"[The past few years] I watched the re-runs of the finals when they came up, but I've never gotten up early to see it," she said.
This year's is the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest and will take place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
In order to watch the finals at the same time as the rest of the world, Ms Polkinghorne will be setting her alarm for before 5am on Sunday.
Otherwise, the event will be replayed at 8:30pm on Sunday night.
The depth of her enthusiasm has stemmed from the crossover of new and old passions.
The choice of singer, songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has increased her interest in the event tenfold.
The Brisbane-born performer first intrigued Ms Polkinghorne a decade ago, but it was not until last year that her fandom resurfaced spectacularly.
"When she came to Wagga last year, I went to see her, and she just blew me away," Ms Polkinghorne said.
"It was such an incredible performance. She has an incredible voice and she's an incredible songwriter."
With the singer's background across genre and stage, Ms Polkinghorne said there are many who are "quietly confident she'll go far".
"She's got a mix of opera, pop, and theatre. She's also known for her extravagent staging, so it's not just her vocals," said Ms Polkinghorne.
"She's perfect for Eurovision, it's definitely the best choice. The previous performers have been great, but the full air, Kate's got it."
Two years ago, when Australia's entrant was former X Factor winner Dami Im, the nation finished with in second place.
It was the closest Australia has come to winning the European song contest, but Ms Polkinghorne is keen to see this year's come closer.
Not least in the fact that the rules of the contest stipulate, the winning nation hosts the next year's performance season.
"I still think it's a little niche here, but certainly if it was in Australia next year, it would go a long way to increasing our support for it," she said.
"I'm not sure of the rules, whether it'd even be allowed to go outside of Europe, but I guess it is in Israel this year, so that's a little stretch."
Regardless of the outcome though, there is no turning back now for Ms Polkinghorne.
"I'm in now, hook line and sinker. I'll be watching every year, definitely."