ORF will select the Austrian entry and singer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 next month.
Kleine Zeitung reports that ORF will be making their final decision on the nations entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 next month. Eberhard Forcher was once again tasked with finding an array of singers for ORF to select their Eurovision entrant from. According to Kleine Zeitung the song will either be a highly charged ballad or a dynamic pop duo number.
This is the third year running that ORF has opted to internally select both their singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest. ORF had previously held televised selection process for the contest from 2011 to 2013 and then in 2015 and 2016.
Cesar Sampson represented Austria at this year’s contest in Lisbon, where he placed 3rd with his song “Nobody But You”. The singer topped the jury voting receiving nine sets of 12 points from the jury before finishing 13th with the public televote on 71 points.
Source: Kleine Zeitung
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.