While Austria is yet to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2019, suddenly we’ve had a big clue as to one of the artists under consideration. London-based Austrian singer-songwriter Joe Traxler has revealed that he could be picked for Eurovision 2019.
Joe broke the news to his fans that he is being considered as a potential artist for Austria at Eurovision 2019. He wrote that he was “Stoked to announce that I’m being considered to represent Austria for @eurovision 2019 in Israel!” He also revealed that the “Final decision will be made in December!”
Austria’s 2017 act Nathan Trent liked the post, suggesting Joe’s claim is legitimate.
While it is not known exactly how ORF will choose their act for 2019, Joe’s announcement suggests they are sticking with the same system they have used in recent years.
Since 2017, ORF has internally selected a singer-songwriter. The artist has been announced first and given time to finetune their Eurovision entry.
The internal selection method took Nathan Trent to 16th place in the grand final in Kyiv, while Cesár Sampson won the jury vote and placed third overall in Lisbon.
Who is Joe Traxler?
Joe Traxler is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter, originally Linz, Austria. In 2014, he won the Austrian Newcomer Award. In the same year, he competed in Die Große Chance, the talent show that gave Thomas “Conchita Wurst” Neuwirth his big break three years prior.
Now based in London, Joe works on his music, described as “heartfelt”. He is inspired by singer-songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and John Mayer.
In 2016, Joe released the EP “Forty Four”, and earlier this year he followed up with the single “Asymmetrical Life”.
“Asymmetrical Life” takes its inspiration from Joe experiencing Bell’s Palsy in 2017. The condition causes sudden paralysis to one half of the face but can improve over time.
Joe explained on Facebook, “Today one year ago I woke up with half of my face paralysed. 😕 I processed the difficulties of this chronic condition in my brand new single “Asymmetrical Life”.
Joe’s honest songwriting style suggests that ORF may be looking to the Lisbon success of Germany’s Michael Schulte. Michael placed fourth with “You Let Me Walk Alone”, a moving song about the death of his father.
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