The last time Austria internally selected its Eurovision contestant it won it all.
And it seems that the land of Conchita Wurst is dreaming big yet again, as broadcaster ORF has revealed that it will select its Eurovision 2017 act behind-closed-doors in another internal selection.
Over the past two years Austria has chosen its contestant through the televised national selection Wer singt für Österreich?, leading to two very different results at ESC.
In 2015 the Austrian public was in the throes of its Conchita-inspired love affair with beards and selected The Makemakes and their song “I Am Yours”.
Despite their sartorial flair, sexy vocals and flaming piano, the group ultimately finished in last place with zero points — marking a new low for the host nation. What the home audience saw as soothing and atmospheric seems to have come off as boring and bland to a broader European audience.
In 2016 Zoë rocked up to the national final with the French-language song “Loin d’ici”…and an on-stage treadmill.
As she walked through a fantasy land resembling Barbie’s playhouse, she racked up the points and landed a spot at Eurovision.
She threw herself into the promotional tour, making us laugh in Amsterdam, London and Tel Aviv, and totally slayed her semi-final, coming SECOND in the televote behind only Russia (but she only came 11th with the jury).
In the grand final she came 13th overall, finishing eighth with the televote (but only 24th with the jury).
Are you excited that Austria is going to let officials decide behind closed doors? And who do you want to see them choose? You can let us know in the comments section below.