Austria will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Austrian broadcaster ORF has confirmed to ESCToday that they will be participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. No further details on how they will select their participant has been released, however they have opted for internal selections for the past few years.
Cesar Sampson represented Austria at this year’s contest in Lisbon, where he placed 3rd with his song “Nobody But You”.
The provisional list of participating countries is now up to 32, with more confirmations expected within the next few months. Countries such as Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, and Montenegro all participated in the 2018 contest, but haven’t made any statements regarding their 2019 participation.
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.