After confirming their participation for Eurovision 2024, interested artists have been sending in their entries, with the submissions closing on September 30. Now, we have a further update on what will happen going forward.
Further information about selection revealed
Now that the submission period has closed, Eberhard Forcher, a talent scout for Austrian broadcaster ORF has revealed that the team will be condensing the entries receieved to just 15, with the successful participants being invited to record a clip of them performking their entry, which will then be used by the juries to help make their decision.
In addition to this, it was also revealed that a public vote that the broadcaster was going to use to select its Eurovision 2024 representative cannot be implemented for “legal reasons”
With the selection process now in full swing, Eberhard Forcher has revealed that ORF is set to reveal Austria’s representative no later than December.
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: Eberhard Forcher
Photo Credit: Corinne Cumming / EBU