With Europe’s biggest TV show coming to Austria this May, the country’s state broadcaster ORF has decided to inject its national selection with steroids. They’ll choose their winner over the course of four primetime shows and the artists will work with Anna F, the Austrian singer-songwriter, and Alex Deutsch, a successful manager and musician.
Speaking to eurovision-austria, Anna F had this to say: “I have invited some national and international songwriters and producers for the project, with whom I have worked in the past years. I am looking forward to working on the sound and the songs together with them in the studio, and, if necessary, to giving advice.”
ORF TV Director Kathrin Zechner suggested that Austria deserves a good show. “Even as a small country, we are renowned as a music nation,” he said. “In many a basement, on small stages and at home on their laptops, people are producing good music. In cooperation with the Austrian music scene, we want to uncover these yet undiscovered gems, get to know them, and coach them.”
In addition to great composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, Austria has given us artists such as the Trackshittaz, Thomas Forstner and Wilfried, all of whom finished last at Eurovision. Perhaps Europe wanted something more classical?
Who do you want to see sing for Austria this year? Can anyone match the heights of Conchita Wurst?