Just a month on since Eurovision 2023 took place in Liverpool, more and more countries are confirming their intention to participate in Sweden. The next country to confirm their participation is Austria, who will be making their 56th participation in 2024.
Internal selection to once again be used
ORF’s Program Director Stefanie Groiss-Horowitz has revealed to Austrian online outlet Kleinezeitung.at, that the country will be continuing with its inernal selection, the method ORF has used since Eurovision 2017, and has brought the country mixed results, from winning the jury vote in 2018 to three non qualifications in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Details on how the internal selection will be undertaken for Austria’s selection (whether there will be an open submission or not), is yet to be revealed.
Austria’s Eurovision Journey
In 1957, Austria made their debut into the Eurovision Song Contest, where Bob Martin represented the landlocked nation with the song “Wohin, kleines Pony?”. At the close of voting, it managed to place 10th overall. Since their debut, Austria has participated 55 times (being in the final 48 times), and have won the competition on two occasions in 1966 and 2014.
For 2023, Teya and Salena were internally selected to represent Austria with their song “Who the Hell is Edgar?”. In Liverpool, the duo qualified for the final, where they went on to finish in 15th place with 120 points. Of these, 16 points came from the televote and another 104 came from the juries.
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News Source: Kleinezeitung.at
Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU