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Austria: Decision on Eurovision 2019 Participant in 2-3 Weeks

Eberhard Forcher who works with ORF to select the Austrian participant for Eurovision has stated that a decision is still 2 to 3 weeks away from being made.

Mr Forcher has responded to the claims of Hyäne Fischer, that she has been selected to represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Since making the claims Hyäne Fischer and her song “Im Rausch der Zeit”, have made it on to mainstream radio in Austria and even featured on ORF channels.

Eberhard Forcher explained that a decision on the singer who will represent Austria in Tel Aviv will be made in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Mr Forcher has been working with ORF for a number of years to help aid the broadcaster in selecting their Eurovision entry. He is known across Austria as a DJ his YouTube channel ‘Austrozone’ has received praise for helping highlight up and coming Austrian singers and groups.

According to earlier reports from 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: Eberhard Forcher

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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