Austria is hoping to bounce back from last year’s nil points disaster and they believe that Zoë is the best act to do that. Tonight, during the Wer singt für Österreich? final, they chose Zoë as their Eurovision 2016 representative with the song “Loin d’ici”. Next stop? Stockholm!

The 10 finalists all performed their entries before televoters and the expert juries cast their votes. Tonight’s jury panel consisted of Austrian singer Madita, “Satellite” composer Julie Frost and Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst. Several Austria media experts combined their votes as the fourth juror. They all evaluated the 10 finalists and marked them out of 40. Once all the votes were counted and verified, the top two acts — Elly V and Zoë — advanced to the super-final.

Zoë – “Loin d’ici”

https://youtu.be/ACprSbuhah8

Elly V – “I’ll Be Around (Bounce)”

https://youtu.be/4wNuYRJGrnw

Running Order

Vincent Bueno – “All We Need Is That Love”
LiZZA – “Psycho”
Orry Jackson – “Pieces In A Puzzle”
Elly V – “I’ll Be Around (Bounce)”
Lia – “Runaway”
Farina Miss & Céline Roscheck – “Sky Is The Limit”
AzRaH – “The One”
Sankil Jones – “One More Sound”
Bella Wagner – “Weapons Down”
Zoë – “Loin d’ici”

Jury Results

WSFOE_Jury

Super-final

The two super-finalists performed their entries again and it was all down to the televoting public. In the end, Zoë came out on top and will be flying the flag for Austria at Stockholm! She will perform somewhere in the second half of the first semi-final (as a result of the semi-final allocation draw).

Are you happy with the result? Who do you think should have won? Let us know below!

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zoolander
zoolander
5 years ago

I am starting to like this. The song and her voice are beautiful. But I don’t like the toxic mushrooms and her looks. Indeed they somehow managed a beautiful woman to look like a teenager with acne and braces.

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
5 years ago

On first listen, I found Elly’s song more interesting & catchier.

Zoe is playing the “forest fairy” card & that never works for me. I think the jury got it right.

Oh well, let’s see how Zoe scores.

Anfrers
5 years ago

I wanted Sankil so bad >_>

Jacques
Jacques
5 years ago

I believe Austria will make it to the final. Pretty sure Czech Republic, San Marino, France and Spain will award them with higher points.

I have a feeling that “Loin d’ici” will be big in the OGAE voting as well. It has the lovely very-Eurovision feeling “Crisalide” and “Same Heart” had.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

You have to move forward. You can not pay attention all the time on the same nonsense! Come on!

Österrike
Österrike
5 years ago

Austria will always bad odds, but this is an improvement since before yesterday. Even Conchita had bad figures until she arrived in Copenhagen and gained momentum.

Fun fact for me is that in yesterday’s final of ten, more props were present than in the entire Eurovision last year including semis…. 😛

I hope to see Elly V soon again in for Eurovision, her bid this year was amazing.

Racal
Racal
5 years ago

1. Ireland/Belgium
3. Belarus/Spain
5. Albania
6. Austria/Malta

ct_greece
ct_greece
5 years ago

@ Österrike I did not see the final. But my impression from the two videos here is that the producers gave signs of clear favouritism to Olly V by giving her a much sleeker and more modern staging (ok apart from the shirtless dancers which was too much) plus the cheering crowd etc. On the other hand not only was Zoe’s staging quite kitschy but they also managed to make her look not that good-looking – which is quite a feat when you have such a beautiful girl.The fact that she prevailed in the end only goes on to show… Read more »

ct_greece
ct_greece
5 years ago

@ Ivan

Zoe will definitely be in the final and a cerrtain top-10 for Austria in May.

ESC 4ever
ESC 4ever
5 years ago

Not bad…
1.Spain,Still the best
2.Belgium,Really proud of this song
3.Austra,Not bad
4.Malta,Averange…
5.Ireland,Cheap pop song nothing special
6.Albania,Screaming nothing more
7.Belarus,No comment :/

Music Is My Life !!
Music Is My Life !!
5 years ago

Good Song for the 60s:
1.Belgium
2.Spain
3.Albania
4.Ireland
5.Austria
6.Malta
7.Belaruss

Ivan
Ivan
5 years ago

This is one of the National finals’ disadvantages-somethimes the public chose very bad song and the broadcaster can’t do anything but then they are disappointed from the result despite knowing that the song is awful. Maybe Austria won’t qualify because the first semifinal is way too strong so 13th place is my prediction.

PP
PP
5 years ago

Uros Malta nije u nasem polufinalu. Irska jeste. Sto se tice Malte mislim da im se smesi slicno kao prosle godine 11 iil 12 mesto skupice jedno 50 tak poena, da li ce to biti dovoljni za TOP 10 u polufinau videceo, kod zirija ce biti u vrhu jer Maltezani uvek na svoje izbore zovu sefove ostalih delegacija … dok ce kod publike opet kiksirati. Po meni je ovo mnogo slabija pesma, nema nikakav pamtljvi refren …. od njihove proslogodisnje, i pevacica ima slabiji vokal od Amber i mozda dobije puno sms fanova Evrovizije koji su ipak u malom broju.… Read more »

Österrike
Österrike
5 years ago

I dont know what the show choreographer Marvin Dietmann was thinking, when he gave Orry a Heroes 2.0 or Lia an Aliona-meets-Polina-staging. He was the designer for Conchita’s victory and now he is running out of ideas? I also think it was not his best idea to give Elly V the shadow performance. Yes it is kinda impressive, but Greta Salome and Isa, who are probable winners in their respective preselections already had similar inspirations. No one will win with shadow acting or holograms this year. At least Zoe, who had my favourite song, also got a memorable acid crack… Read more »

dutchie
dutchie
5 years ago

They should have had her walking the yellow brick road. I kinda liked the song before it had the revamp with the lame beats, and the live version is just too much. I hope the Eurovision crowd has moved beyond this kind of kitsch (although I’m afraid in Holland it hasn’t).

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

pole
you take the words out my mouth i’ve been thinking the same!

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

@EugeneESCUK
that’s because elly brought her group of friends with her in the audience and they kept cheering for her.

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

Not bad but I’m not loving it. It can get a bit too boring and I thought it lasted way more than three minutes, which is never a good sign. Anyway, good luck Austria, Zoë is a fantastic performer in any terms.
1. Malta
2. Albania
3. Spain
4. Austria
5. Belarus
6. Ireland
7. Belgium

Richard
Richard
5 years ago

It’s sweet an charming, perhaps a little too sugary and all that walking looks exhausting, but with some tweaks I think it’s a good choice.

Ariso Light
Ariso Light
5 years ago

My top 7 so far:
1. Spain
2. Austria
3. Ireland
4. Albania
5. Belarus
6. Malta
7. Belgium

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
5 years ago

WOWWWWW, this is actually very good!!! I hope it qualifies, really. My top:

1. Austria
2. Spain
3. Malta
4. Albania
5. Belarus
6. Ireland
7. Belgium

Kisses from The Netherlands

Redfox
Redfox
5 years ago

it looks and sounds ridiculous. the other one is more interesting, but a little undeciding

Hugh
Hugh
5 years ago

Probably the right choice. Change the staging though!

Criticca
Criticca
5 years ago

Zoë should’ve represented Austria last year with Quel Filo. I think she won it this year because of popularity from competing previously. The song is ok and I love the staging too~!

Ian
Ian
5 years ago

What a bizarre choice. It’s not bad…just strange.

NickC
NickC
5 years ago

The old guy myself loves it too. I think this will get a lot of dinasour votes!

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

I really perfered Elly, but Zoe is still good. My top 7
1. Spain
2.Malta
3.Albania
4.Austria
5. Belgium
6.Ireland
7.Belarus

Leaf
Leaf
5 years ago

Elly V was more modern than all the entries I heard this year on Melodifestivalen and all National Finals for that matter.
Zoë is a WONDERFUL choice too, girl has the voice and the performance is stunning ……And the song is gorgeous gives me Eurovision winner vibes from the golden years (when a good song basically had the chance to win.)

I really hope for an Austrian top 10 return in the final this year.

Jake
Jake
5 years ago

First Salome. Now Elly. Tomorrow Isa. I think the hot staging this year is “shadows” whether through lighting or LED. Seems like everyone is trying to do their twist on Mans show of last year.

Denis
Denis
5 years ago

With all the guys singing it’s different. And it being sung in French is sure to keep it different.
It’s a sweet song that I wouldn’t mind having as background music while doing something else, but I don’t know how well it will work in the contest. I don’t think it’s strong enough to get that high but could get few points here and there.
Have to wait to see how it will work!

Uros
Uros
5 years ago

PP, pa zasto Maltu i Irsku na poslednjem mestu? Oni ce nam biti najjaca konkurencija u polufinalu.

Marcus (day one)
Marcus (day one)
5 years ago

What a dull and boring song (Before anyone moans I’m from Luxembourg so I’m fluent in French and German) It’s like if Anna Rossinelli had no personality or stage presence and sung in French. This has to compete with 17 other songs and some of those countries are heavy hitters. On a good day this could come 13th and on a bad day 17th in the semi. Does Austria only have Conchita as a good artist? Just because the song is in French doesn’t mean France will give Austria top points. (even if they did would 12 points rreally make… Read more »

Rona's Hair
Rona's Hair
5 years ago

Austria is definitely not getting my vote….

John Christian
John Christian
5 years ago

Finally, after a string of weak countries, Austria sends a strong one. With Zoë going to Stockholm, Autriche va gagner. Pourquoi pas?

PP
PP
5 years ago

Austria song is sound like entries from Luxembourg in the 80 ties.
1. Spain
2. Belgium
3. Belarus
4. Albania
5. Austria
6. Malta
7. Ireland

John Christian
John Christian
5 years ago

I have to say, Austria might go neutral because she will represent Austria in French? Maybe France can outlie this. Had Vincent became a superfinalist, it remains the same. Neutral to moderate high likely chance of qualification.

Pork Loin d'Icee
Pork Loin d'Icee
5 years ago

If Belgium ages ago sang in a made up language, Austria can sing in French. Anyway, sweet song, too sweet and the background didn’t help. You got to lower the sweetness man. Good luck to all in the final.

blondboybc
blondboybc
5 years ago

Finally, Austria makes the right decision and sends a wonderful act! Loved her performance, voice and staging…well done! This goes right to my numero uno! I’m sure this will send Austria right into the final and on the left side of the scoreboard! Felicitations, Zoe!

Ming
Ming
5 years ago

Song is horible. Who voted for this trash?

Mar
Mar
5 years ago

It pains me to say this, because I love Zoe and that her song is different from the usual, but I thought Elly deserved the win.

ESC HN
ESC HN
5 years ago

I’m so f*ckin glad the people didn’t actually listen to the jury. They were trying to impose Elly V and the people simply chose the best act: ZOE!

Thanks for trolling the Jury, Austrian people 😀

esc1234
esc1234
5 years ago

is it me or it is a very dated song…

Jake
Jake
5 years ago

Apparently the only language most people are comfortable to sing in other than your native language is English. Get over it. It’s great to hear songs in other languages in something called EUROvision Song Contest 

ZanderZion
ZanderZion
5 years ago

is she the same Zoe last year with the song Quel Filo?

MrJoggy (BEL)
MrJoggy (BEL)
5 years ago

Not a good decision at all, Austria … I’m sorry 🙁

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

We’ll have to wait to see the remaining songs, but I don’t see this making it to the final… “I’ll be around” was stronger, not much better tbh.

I don’t want to feed the troll but, @MGR not only the juries chose Barei, but also the televote, so stop with your daily cynical comments. Well, it must be difficult to live so bitter as you …

Levyn
Levyn
5 years ago

In love with the song from Autriche

pole
pole
5 years ago

@MGR are you the one previously known as bavarson?

Btw, Barei was also chosen by the audience at home. :))))))))))))))))

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
5 years ago

At least the jury knew what they were doing.

Laburnum
Laburnum
5 years ago

YAAAY