ORF has confirmed that they will use an internal selection process to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.
Austria will for a second year running use an internal selection process to select both their singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Interested singers are invited to submit songs to ORF up until the end of August 2017. After which point the Music and Entertainment Departments of ORF will hold internal pitching sessions.
The normal rules apply to selection process, furthermore, songs that are submitted into the selection must not have been posted on social media or YouTube. Any songs that have been released online will not be eligible to represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
ORF’s confirmation of selection process makes them the 17th country to confirm their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Provisionally confirmed as competing in Portugal next May are:
- Austria – Internal selection
- Belgium – Internal selection
- Cyprus – National selection
- Denmark – National selection
- Estonia – National selection
- Finland – National selection
- France – National selection
- Germany – National selection
- Latvia – Selection method not revealed
- Lithuania – National selection
- Malta – National selection
- Norway – National selection
- Poland – National selection
- Portugal – National selection
- Russia – Internal selection
- Sweden – National selection
- Switzerland – National selection
Nathan Trent finished 16th in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with a total of 93 points, Nathan scored all of his points with the jury as he scored nul points from the public. Nathan and his song “Running On Air” were internally selected by 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.