She was announced as Austria’s Eurovision 2019 singer in January. And now, after almost a month of waiting, Paenda has finally released “Limits”.
The ethereal number premiered on Austrian radio station Ö3 at 7.40 CET today.
PAENDA “Limits” Austria Eurovision 2019 (Official music video)
Paenda 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 “PAENDA is a conscious tightrope walk, right between listening experience and the force to dance.”
Paenda’s name — which can also be spelled Pænda — comes from the giant panda, as she says she resembles one when she wakes up first thing in the morning. Paenda is also known for her colourful hair, sporting a bob dyed in ever-changing tones of blue.
Paenda’s Eurovision journey
Last month, Eberhard Forcher, Austria’s musical scout, revealed that Paenda was almost ruled out!
Eberhard is a radio host at ORF and since 2016 has been the scout responsible for finding suitable candidates for Austria at Eurovision. Thanks to him we’ve seen Zoe, Nathan Trent and Cesár on stage.
Austria wants to go in a different direction this year and he says it was looking “for something special, but at the same time radio friendly.”
“If there was a recipe to win the contest, it would be one of the most wanted. But there is none. Every year is different and what might have worked two years ago, can be boring today.”
“Paenda is an artist who knows exactly what she wants. And this led to some conflicts with us who know more about Eurovision. But conflicts are there to be solved.”
Of course Pænda wasn’t the only artist who had negotiations with ORF and he confirmed contact with Hyäne Fischer, the long rumoured satire group. At one point Pænda was already out, because she originally competed with a different song. Forcher then contacted her team again to listen to her new album Evolution II for suitable tracks, finding the divisive “Limits”.
Her album will drop just before Eurovision, on 26 April.
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