Austria, Nathan Trent, 2

After a successful promo tour around Europe — and all the glitter and glamour and selfies that entails — Nathan Trent is cooling things down and bringing us back to earth with his series of stripped-back acoustic Eurovision covers.

He already wowed us with his take on Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes” last week. And this week Nathan takes us on a journey south to Italy as he covers the ever-so-lovely and smooth Marco Mengoni and his Eurovision 2013 track “L’essenziale”.

Marco’s performance in Malmö was simple yet effective and Nathan’s cover mirrors that perfectly.

He definitely captures the essence of the song, singing with major emotion and letting feelings guide the song rather than super-dramatic swells and plunges in sound. Just look at Nathan’s face and you can tell he’s into it.

We’re also into his use of Italian. Nathan works that foreign tongue oh-so-well!

There are still two covers to go and Nathan will no doubt hit two more home runs with his pared-back versions.

Less isn’t just more with Nathan. It’s everything! Strip it back and let the man sing.

Nathan’s trip to Eurovision

After captivating audiences in London, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, Nathan will take over the Iberian Peninsula in Madrid on April 15, performing “Running On Air” for one last preview party audience.

After that there’ll be rehearsals to set up the stage show for Kyiv, before the Austrian delegation travels to Ukraine.

There they’ll be preparing for Semi-Final 2 on May 11, where Nathan is up second after show-opener Serbia.

What do you think of the cover? Do you like Nathan’s strong Italian game with “L’essenziale”? Will he give Austria its second trip to the finals in two years? Let us know in the comments below! And why not buy a “Running on Air” t-shirt while you’re at it?

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AngieP
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AngieP

One of my all time favourites! This song is just so amazing in its simplicity!

Nathan took the song and made it his own! He probably enjoyed it better than “Heroes” last week!
Also, his italian is great! I expected that as he’s half italian, so he can work the language.

Great job! Looking forward to the next cover!

Racal
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Racal

Beautiful!

James
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James

What a great rendition of this beautiful song!
Well done Nathan, that was a touch of class.

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

A great performance of a great song. Nathan is working hard to do well in Kyiv. I wish him well.

John P Egan
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What would WLA say? He slays!

Carlos
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Carlos

Great job Nathan, amazing

M_K
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M_K

That was a quite dramatic rendition of “L’essenziale”.

Actually, it’s in reverse compared to the original version: When Marco sings it, he starts off sad and ends up hopeful (which works a little better with the lyrics).

Chingiz
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Chingiz

One of my all time favourite Eurovision songs!!! And I love this touching beautiful cover by Nathan. Best of luck to Austria! I’m sure he’ll be in finals.

Rich
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Rich

This is one of my favorite eurovision entries ever in recent history. Nathan’s interpretation of the song showcasing his raw emotion, together with his soulful voice makes it an remarkable cover of this modern “San Remo” classic. Bravo!

Concheetah
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Concheetah

A very nice cover. Great work Nathan!

Visenya
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Visenya

Oh my god his Italian is simply perfect!!! Veeery good pronunciation!! And amazing interpretation!
Bravissimo Nathan!!!! :)))

Gippa
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Gippa

How not to love him? Grazie Nathan <3

Marco
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Marco

Well done!

Nick
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Nick

I wanted him to sing L’essentiale and I’m really pleased with his version. Nathan is so nice & charismatic and one of this persons that belongs to the eurovision. I would be really dissapointet if he wouldn’t go to the final

R
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R

Is the guitarrist from Trackshittaz!? :O

azaad
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azaad

OGAE Switzerland have cast their votes.

Joe
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Joe

Great cover!! and very good Italian as well.

Zebb
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Zebb

Awesome cover!

Kris
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Kris

It’s such an emotional performance!! I’m touched!!

azaad
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azaad

His mother’s Italian so it doesn’t surprise me that he can sing in Italian