He’s the blue eyed boy representing Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. But Nathan Trent isn’t just relying on his good looks or the Eurovision preview party circuit to catapult his feel good track “Running on Air” up the scoreboard.
In addition to scheduled appearances at Eurovision In Concert and the London Eurovision Party, Austrian broadcaster ORF recently announced that Nathan will reach out to Europe with a series of weekly covers.
He published a shortlist of 10 songs, asking Eurovision fans to vote for their favourites. With a selection including “Euphoria”, “Amanecer” and “Satellite”, fans were spoilt for choice. But in the end they made their decision…on three of the songs at least.
“I’m Alive” by Albania’s Elhaida Dhani, “L’essenziale” by Italy’s Marco Mengoni and “J’ai Cherché” by France’s Amir were runaway favourites, each picking up more than 10% of all votes cast. But 2015 winner “Heroes” and runner-up “A Million Voices” tied for fourth place.
Nathan placed his faith in destiny and decided to flip a coin on his Instagram page. Just like at Eurovision itself “Heroes” came out on top. The first cover will be released on Wednesday April 5 and the three others will follow, taking us all the way to Eurovision fortnight in Ukraine.
What songs did our readers think Nathan should cover?
Y’all had similar views to the folks voting on ORF’s page! “I’m Alive”, “J’ai Cherché” and “L’essenziale” all made the top 3 in our poll too, although Amir and Marco swapped places from the actual results.
You also picked a Eurovision winner for your fourth choice, but it wasn’t Swedish hunk Måns Zelmerlöw. Maybe you had Nathan’s underwear on your mind, or maybe you wanted Nathan to take you to the moon and back. Whatever your motivation, you ranked Lena’s “Satellite” as your fourth favourite cover song option.
Edurne ranked 5th in our poll, “A Million Voices” 6th, Conchita Wurst 7th, Loreen 8th, Måns 9th and Guy Sebastian finished dead last with just 7% of all votes cast.
Full results of Nathan Trent covers poll
- “I’m Alive” (477 votes, 15%)
- “J’ai cherché” (441 votes, 14%)
- “L’essenziale” (350 votes, 11%)
- “Satellite” (322 votes, 10%)
- “Amanecer” (319 votes, 10%)
- “A Million Voices” (295 votes, 9%)
- “Rise Like A Phoenix” (280 votes, 9%)
- “Euphoria” (278 votes, 9%)
- “Heroes” (248 votes, 8%)
- “Tonight Again” (240 votes, 7%)
Which cover are you most excited to see? Do you think other songs should have been available? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on our app!