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Austria: Farewell Party Held Last Night in Vienna

Last night the Farewell Party for Nathan Trent was held in Vienna, with less than a week to go until the singers first rehearsal in Kyiv.

Last night at the Summerstage in Vienna, the Farewell Party for Nathan Trent was held marking a week to go until the singers first rehearsal. At the party Nathan Trent performed his song for this years contest, “Running On Air”, as well as covers of “Heroes” (Sweden 2015), “L’essenziale” (Italy 2013) and “J’ai cherché” (France 2016). This is the third time that ORF has organised a farewell party for their Eurovision participant.

Nathan Trent has the backing of long time Austrian Commentator, Andi Knoll who added

I have never seen such an engagement on the part of an artist!

While Edgar Böhm the Head of Entertainment at ORF stated:

He the right person to send this year…….With the Nathan we will be very, very good there.

Nathan Trent was announced as the Austrian entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on December 19th having been internally selected by the Austrian national broadcaster ORF. He is the first singer to be internally selected to represent Austria at the contest since 2014 when ORF selected Conchita Wurst and “Rise Like A Phoenix”.

He started writing his first songs when he was only eleven years old. After spending more than a decade acquiring new skills, he finally could concentrate on putting his songwriting to the next level. Years of experience with various music programs contributed to the development of producing and finding his personal style and the ability to fully express himself as an artist. Today he writes, composes, arranges and produces his own music.

In June 2016 Nathan released his debut single “Like It Is“. Shortly after the song was released Eberhard Forcher got in touch with him and ask him to be one of the contestants in the Austrian internal preliminaries.

Checkout our interview with Nathan Trent at the London Eurovision Party 2017 below:

Source: Eurovision Austria, ORF

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Austria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, Bob Martin represented the country on their debut, but finished in last place scoring just 3 points. The country has gone on to finish last in the contest on 8 occasions. Austria has won the contest on two occasions, the first being in 1966 when Udo Jürgen performed “Merci, Cherie”. It was 48 years later than Austria won again when Conchita Wurst performed “Rise Like a Phoenix” scoring a total of 290 points.
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