Austria: Nathan Trent will sing at Eurovision 2017

Earlier in the year Austrian broadcaster ORF confirmed they would select their act for Kyiv using internal selection. Now their selection has been confirmed. 24-year-old newcomer Nathan Trent will make the journey to Kyiv in May. And like Austria’s most recent winner Conchita Wurst, Nathan has a beard.

Taking a break from using a national final, ORF used internal selection, and called on the expert advice of musician Eberhard Forcher and rock legend (and father of Zoë) Christof Straub.

The team looked for new talent within Austria’s music scene. Nathan was asked to enter a song, the team liked what they heard, and made him Austria’s representative for Kyiv.

Nathan will write his own song for Eurovision. The entry will be revealed in February 2017.

Who is Nathan Trent?

Nathan is a singer-songwriter in the genres of R&B and pop. He has an Austrian father and Italian mother and so speaks both German and Italian. Nathan started learning the violin when he was 3 years old, and grew up immersed in music and theatre.

In 2003, he competed in the Austrian children’s talent show Kiddy Contest, where he placed ninth with his ode to football, “Fußball”.

In 2011, he made it to the final 12 of the German X Factor as part of the duo Boys II Hot. They were the first act to be eliminated in the live shows.

Nathan has been writing songs since he was 11 years old, but his biography notes that he has only recently taken his songwriting “to the next level”.

Earlier in the year, Nathan released his single “Like It Is”. It has a contemporary fresh pop sound, and shows off Nathan’s R&B vocals and songwriting skills.

And if Nathan’s name looks familiar, he is one of the 33 acts recently shortlisted for Germany’s Unser Song 2017. It looks like that list is now down to 32!

After having poor results at Eurovision, Austria made a spectacular comeback in 2014 when the bearded diva Conchita Wurst won with “Rise Like a Phoenix”. In 2015, The Makemakes did the complete opposite, scoring the dreaded nil points with “I’m Yours”. In Stockholm, Zoë made good with the delightful “Loin d’ici”.

What do you think? Is Nathan Trent a good choice for Austria? Will he be the second bearded Austrian to win Eurovision? Tell us what you think below!