It has been just over a month since Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin Italy. Today the Live-On-Tape performances that were recorded in the event an artist could not perform in Turin have continued to be released. The next performance that was released was LUM!X and Pia Maria’s performance of their song “Halo”.
About LUM!X and Pia Maria
According to his last.fm bio, Austrian DJ LUM!X is one of the fastest rising stars in the dance and electronic music industry. His most successful track “Monster” is already certified Platinum three times. DJ LUM!X’s music has also already received over half a billion streams, making him regarded as one of the most successful download artists of recent times.
Pia Maria has been writing her own music since she was 16 years old. She is from Innsbruck in Austria. As well as being a singer and songwriter, she is also a trained make-up artist.
What is a Live-On-Tape?
A Live-On Tape performance is essentially a backup performance. Last year they were used in the event that a delegation could not travel to Rotterdam. This proved to be the case for the Australian delegation in 2021, due to the strict travel restrictions in place in the country at the time. Iceland also had to use a backup performance, however instead of the one they recorded in Iceland they used rehearsal footage, recorded in Rotterdam. Iceland had to use a Live-On tape due to the fact several members of Daði & Gagnamagnið tested positive for Covid-19 during Eurovision 2021.
Watch the Other Live-On-Tape Performances
At the time of writing, you can now watch the Live-On-Tape performances for Ronela Hajati (Albania), Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria), Mia Dimšić (Croatia), REDDI (Denmark), Citi Zēni (Latvia),Monika Liu (Lithuania), LPS (Slovenia), Marius Bear (Switzerland), Vladana (Montenegro), and Ochman (Poland), MARO (Portugal).
Austria’s Eurovision Journey
In 1957, Austria made their debut into the Eurovision Song Contest, where Bob Martin represented the landlock nation witht he song “Wohin, kleines Pony?”, where it manage to place 10th overall. Since their debut, Austria has participated 54 times (being in the final 47 times), and have won the competition on two occassions (1966, 2014). In 2021, Austria was represented by duo LUM!X and Pia Maria with the song “Halo”, where they managed to placed 15th in the semi-final; recieving 42 points from the professional juries and televoters.
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