On November 12th, ten acts will compete for the chance to represent Austria at the 61st Eurovision Song Contest. A professional panel is carefully selecting nine of these acts as we speak, but that leaves room for one more: the Facebook wildcard. Last week ÖRF announced that they had received 37 submissions for the wildcard spot. Whichever of these acts is rolling in the most likes on the official Facebook page will earn a place in the Wer singt für Österreich final. After a long hard listen, we have whittled down the 37 hopefuls to our top five contenders to win the wildcard selection – and it goes like this.
5. MIBLU — “Padme Amidala”
Mysterious, experimental and super dark. Singer MIBLU is also a designer – so we can expect an equally mesmerising visual performance. Judging by the success of Margaret Berger and Aminata, this entry could resurrect Austria from the bottom of the leaderboard.
4. Kevin Etheridge — “Palmtrees On Your Mind”
Now for a delightful piece of carefree ukulele-pop. Hailing from Byron Bay, Kev may have misread ‘Austrian submissions’ for ‘Australian submissions’ — but we’re not complaining. With a few tweaks to the vocal reproduction, this would bring a ray of sunshine to the Austrian national final.
3. Roxana Razaghi — “It’s You”
We are yet to hear an official studio version of this song, but the acoustic version is already very promising. Roxana provides beautiful clean vocals over a simple, sweet song – it’s Austria’s answer to Sara Bareilles.
2. Sara Koell — “Closer To The Sun”
Sara Koell – who previously wowed on The Voice of Germany — contributes an exciting self-penned song to the wildcard selection. Her spiritual R&B sound is very reminiscent of Loreen’s more recent music, and along with those killer vocals, she has real potential to slay the pack.
1. Gerry+Me — “Schön gelacht”
Whilst there are some gems in Austria’s wildcard selection, this one stands miles above the rest. It’s a melancholic, tropical house masterpiece – an immensely popular genre at the moment, and one which is only now making its way to Eurovision. German may not be the most successful language at Eurovision, but this genre was born in Central Europe, and that makes it feel so right. This could go top 5, easy peasy.
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