He’s the boy next door with the cute looks, cute voice and cuter song who is hoping to follow Zoë’s success and take Austria to the grand final for a fourth consecutive year. 

And now Austrian broadcaster ORF has announced that Nathan Trent will prep for Kyiv in May by recording four acoustic covers of Eurovision songs from past contests.

Austria may not have staged a national final, but now they are turning power to the people by asking them to decide on the songs Nathan will lend his vocals to in a series of scintillating covers.

The candidate songs are an eclectic mix and if they’re on Nathan’s own top playlist we approve. It’s the perfect mix of ballads, bangers, Eurovision winners, Eurovision legends, fan favourites and fan flops.

In total four winners are in the mix: Lena, Loreen, Conchita Wurst and Måns Zelmerlöw.

They’re joined by Italy’s 2013 act Marco Mengoni, four further acts from Eurovision 2015 (Guy Sebastian, Polina Gagarina, Elhaida Dani and Edurne), and France’s 2016 act Amir.

Nathan Trent Acoustic Cover Options

Rise Like a Phoenix – Conchita Wurst (AUT, 2014)
Euphoria – Loreen (SWE, 2012)
J’ai cherché – Amir (FRA, 2016)
L’essenziale – Marco Mengoni (ITA, 2013)
Amanecer – Edurne (ESP, 2015)
I’m Alive – Elhaida Dani (ALB, 2015)
Heroes – Måns Zelmerlöw (SWE, 2015)
Satellite – Lena (GER, 2010)
A Million Voices – Polina Gagarina (RUS, 2015)
Tonight Again – Guy Sebastian (AUS, 2015)

For language fans that means they could see Nathan lend his lips to French, Italian and Spanish songs over the four weeks that the covers are released.

Readers can vote in the above ORF post until Saturday. The first cover will debut on April 5 and from then on the other three covers will appear weekly on Wednesdays, taking us all the way to the start of Eurovision fortnight.

Which song do you want to see Nathan sing? Vote above and also in our poll below. Then let us know how you voted in the comments box.

Photocredit: ORF/Roman Zach-Kiesling

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Lisa
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I found Eurovision 2017 Estonia song in estonian language.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeowXSqLYws

Ben Taylor
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I accidentally voted for Tonight Again, which I’d rather not listen to him cover. xD Satellite would be great/hilarious, though!

fikri
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on second thought, i wanna hear him singing lena’s “satellite”… “i bought new underwear, they’re blue” would’ve sounded hilarious!

fikri
Guest

this is fun! i wanna hear him singing the female songs.

2PEU
Guest

Voted for Polina Gagarina’s song.

Escity
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since I have heard he is a helf italian so l want him cover the song by Marco Mengoni

DragonairZ
Guest

@Manu

Then shut up. You’re negativity and existance won’t bring a change to this world.

James
Guest

I’m surprised that ORF didn’t have any of Udo Juergens’ three Eurovision entries as one of the options provided.

I’d love to hear Nathan sing “Merci, Cherie”.

Manu
Guest

Nobody caaarees 😀 He’s gonna flop anyway.

Flynn
Guest

As much as I’d love for him to sing a non-English song, I really want him to do I’m Alive as it was one of my favourites from 2015 and I’m glad it’s not going unappreciated in the polls.

Avstriya
Guest

Does anyone want me to cover Amanecer? 🙂

No?!?! 🙁

Bye!

Avstriya
Guest

I am fluent in 5 languages as well, and I even get Czech and Portuguese… pfffff!!!!

Colin
Guest

Wow, he is handsome, a great singer, speaks 5 languages and seams to have a great personality too! I have a good hunch he will pull a ‘Loic Nottet / Douwe Bob’ in May and be a surprise of the evening. I’d like him to cover any of these songs, but non-English ones intrigue me the most.

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

Of course I’d love him to sing A Million Voices by my beloved Polina. I have to clean my ears from that terrible cover of the song by Artsvik, it still haunts me at night 🙁

Laura
Guest

This man actually is fluent in five languages (german, italian, english, spanish and french) so i would love to hear him sing in all of these languages. he can handle that – his live vocals are amazing!

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Nathan’s mom is Italian, so presumedly he can speak Italian well. I’d love to hear him do his best with “L’essenziale”, and he’d probably also be good with “Amanecer”.

redfox
Guest

I wish he tried something in estonian language… like Rändajad or Kuula.

Eve
Guest

J’ai cherché- I think it will sound great acoustic

Eyan
Guest

Before reading the list I wanted to say Origo-Papai Joci. Voted L’essenziale.

Airgetlam
Guest

Nathan can actually speak spanish pretty well (if his message to the mexican fans is any indication) so seeing him do Amanecer would be pretty cool, but I’m rooting for J’ai Cherché, L’essenziale and I’m alive.

Stan
Guest

I picked L’Essenziale, because it’s my favourite song of the last 5 years :).

Nothing like Suus to test his vocal abilities. But that’s not necessary!

informacje
Guest

MARGARET – COOL ME DOWN!!!! pleaseeee

jr esc nl
Guest

slavko kalezic with ”space”

Bogdan Honciuc
Editor

I voted for “Satellite” because blue underwear related reasons.

RodrigoPinto
Guest

@Pavel YES!!!

Leaf
Guest

AMANECER definitely
I would like to hear it acoustically.

Riva
Guest

Why do you need to make it hard? Pick Amaneseur.

Adam
Guest

I’m Alive, Amanecer, A Million Voices, Heroes, and Euphoria all have really long notes in them that are hard to hit (Elhaida and Edurne couldn’t even hit theirs). I’d like to see him take on all those challenges! Especially I’m Alive and A Million Voices.

(J)ESC Fanatic
Guest

I’m Alive!

mad-professor
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None

Pavel
Guest

Nocturne or The Voice

James
Guest

Assuming Nathan can only speak German and English as a second (or other) language, I’d like to see him tackle Amanecer, J’ai Cherche and L’essenziale. Most of the Anglophone choices are too safe as they are songs that anybody can sing to but I wanna see him do I’m Alive.

ESC84
Guest

Rise like a phoenix in German!
Or
A million voice

Isi
Guest

I really want to see how his vocals would fit to Elhaidas epic song

Isi
Guest

I really want to see how his vocals would fit to Elhaidas epic song ????

ImpressiveInstants
Guest

I’m Alive and Amanecer