Austrian public broadcaster ORF has teased information about the four artists shortlisted to represent the country in Turin next year.
Covering a wide range
As a guest on the “Merci, Cheri” podcast, musician and radio DJ Eberhard Forcher announced that ORF had approached a substantial number of Austrian artists, with 20 submitting demos.
Similarly, in a separate interview with Eurovision fansite Wiwibloggs, Forcher gave more hints as to the identities of the artists that had progressed further.
The four artists still in the running to represent Austria cover a wide array of genres, from electronica to electro-swing and pop. Specific names and details for the unsuccessful artists are unlikely to be revealed. According to Forcher, the artists are currently preparing the final versions of their songs, with the chosen artist being unveiled in December.
Austria’s history at Eurovision
Despite making their debut in the second ever Eurovision Song Contest, Austria has had a checkered history at the competition. Their first entry came in 1957, with Bob Martin’s “Wohin, kleines Pony?” – finishing in last place with 3 points. Austria would later go on to score two wins at the Contest – first 1966 and most recently in 2014 with Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
In 2021, Vincent Bueno represented Austria in Rotterdam with his song “Amen”. Performing in the second semi-final, Austria finished 12th in a field of 17. At the close of voting, Vincent Bueno received 66 points.
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News Source: ORF / Wiwibloggs
Photo Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses