Last week “Wer singt für Österreich“, the Austrian National Selection for Eurovision 2015, kicked off by narrowing 16 acts down to just six. Tonight those finalists did battle in the second show, which was more of an exhibition than a competition. The goal tonight was to test whether they can perform and how they control their voices. What surprises emerged?
WER SINGT FÜR ÖSTERREICH? – TRAILER
The show consisted of 2 rounds. In the first round the artists were supposed to do their own special cover songs of international and national hits.
The line up from the first round:
- The Makemakes: “I Shot the Sheriff” from Bob Marley
- Celina Ann: “Empire State of Mind” from Alicia Keys
- Dawa: “Bitter Sweet Symphony” from The Verve
- Folkshilfe: Medley of “Just the Way You Are/ “Let’s Get Loud”/ “Monsta”/ “Firework”
- Johann Sebastian Bass: “Stronger” from Kanye West
- Zoe: “Something” from The Beatles
The second round was a big challenge for the artists as they should surprise the audience and the coaches with something different than usual. While Celina Ann showed how her hips are moving to Spanish music while the group Dawa traveled to the wild west and performed a country song. In the end, all the acts surprised the judges, in good and bad ways.
The audience in the arena had the chance to vote for the artists Eurovision style – from 1 to 12 points. The voting was not there to kick out the one with the lowest score, it was just to show who surprised the audience the most. In the those 3 acts got the most votes from the audience in the hall:
Some say Austria doesnt take it serious this year, but we do! International songwriters will do their magic to the Austrian songs, which we will hear next week. Sharon Vaughn, who wrote for example Helena Paparizou’s “Survivor“, Julie Frost, songwriter of Lena’s “Satellite” and Jimmy Harry, who collaborated with Bruno Mars, are under the songwriters – that means we can expect big things!
Wer singt für Österreich? will continue next Friday, where the six remaining acts will continue to compete for the right to represent Austria on home soil at Eurovision 2015.
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