Andi Knoll will be returning to Israel as the Austrian commentator, 20 years on from his first time in the booth in Jerusalem.
Radio and television presenter Andi Knoll will once again be entering the commentary booth for ORF to provide coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. Andi first took the role of commentator in 1999 when the contest was last held in Israel.
This will be the eighteenth time that Andi Knoll has provided commentary for the Austrian national broadcaster at Eurovision. Andi has only missed the 2009 contest, while the 2010 contest was not broadcast by ORF.
ORF has confirmed that it will also be broadcasting a 45 minute preview show before each of the Semi-Finals and Grand Final. Mr. Song Contest proudly presents, will preview the songs in the show ahead.
PÆNDA was revealed as the Austrian act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv in late January. She will be performing the song “Limits,” which was revealed on March 8. She will perform in the second semi-final on May 16 for a spot in the final on May 18.
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.