This morning Austria‘s broadcaster got in bright and early to reveal its act for Eurovision 2019. Electronic-pop singer Pænda was introduced as Austria’s act for Tel Aviv on the Ö3-Wecker radio show. She will represent Austria will a song called “Limits”.
Pænda is a Vienna-based artist originally from the Styrian region. While her music could best be described as electronic-pop, Paenda’s biography also notes that “PÆNDA is a conscious tightrope walk, right between listening experience and the force to dance.”
At Eurovision 2019, Pænda will perform the song “Limits”. ORF says the song will be released “in the next few weeks”, and describes it as sounding “very electronic, very reduced” and feeling “extremely modern and fresh.”
Pænda’s name — which can also be spelled Paenda — comes from the giant panda, as she says she resembles one when she wakes up first thing in the morning. Pænda is also known for her colourful hair, sporting a bob dyed in ever-changing tones of blue.
Musically, Pænda is an auteur. She writes all her songs, plays all the instruments and produces all her recordings.
Last year Pænda release her debut album Evolution I, which included the singles “Good Girl” and “Paper-thin”. She will follow that up with her second album, imaginatively titled Evolution II, due for release in April.
Pænda says she loves Eurovision because it shows Europe at its best and stands for cultural diversity and tolerance. Pænda cites Loreen and Alf Poier as her favourite Eurovision artists.
Pænda – “Paper-thin” (2018 single)
Austria at Eurovision
While Austria struggled at Eurovision in the early years of this decade, they made spectacular comeback in 2014. Conchita Wurst gave Austria its second Eurovision win with the now iconic “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
From 2017, ORF has internally selected its act, with decent results. In 2017, Nathan Trent placed 16th with his folky-pop song “Running on Air”. Last year, Cesár Sampson topped the jury vote with “Nobody But You” and placed third overall — giving Austria its third best ever Eurovision result.
With the Pænda having been selected using the same tried and true process, could Austria be in for another successful year?
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