A new report suggests that the Austrian artist for Eurovision 2019 will be selected by ORF this week.
According to Eurovision-Austria there are three names on the shortlist to represent the country in Tel Aviv. DJ and producer Eberhard Forcher of the Ö-3 station is once again involved in the selection. He has also worked on the selection of Nathan Trent (2017) and Cesar Sampson (2018). Previous reports have suggested that the team are looking for a “highly exciting ballad or a dynamic pop duo number” this year.
The Austrian broadcaster ORF is sticking with an internal selection process again this year, with the broadcaster stating:
Twice we were in the final after an internal selection, which gives us the feeling that we are doing well with this procedure.
In 2018, Cesar Sampson represented Austria 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.
Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.