Pandas love bamboo.

And at Austria’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019, Austria’s Paenda proved she is no exception.

She began her performance amongst a forest of light-up bamboo-like sticks alone on stage.

Paenda wore a simple black outfit, sat on a stool and nailed her vocal.

In one run she even shed a tear, which communicates the emotional impact of the song, and shows her strength of feeling.

This did elevate to a degree from the studio cut, but a greater sense of progression will help.

Initial runs were actually black and white, which was not intentional.

Paenda had one of the best voices today, but there is room for the production to be improved.

Paenda — “Limits”: Reviews and Reactions

Austria: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019

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Jo.
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Jo.

I’d love to see this qualifying, but I don’t think it will happen.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Austria just got themselves some jury votes.
Don’t know if it’s enough to pull an Anja but it might not have to. In a SF with the likes of Ireland, Latvia and Moldova…this might not come in the bottom three of the televote. Could sneak in!

Loin dici
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If you guys actually watched the music video, there is only some room left for complain. That’s the exact piece she is wearing from the MV, and I think she feels proud wearing it. Plus, this feels more wecoming and vulnerable rather than the zebra suit or the floral dress she wore at Dancing Stars.

Loin dici
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On the other hand, I just want to change her pants, and her pants only. A black denim might suit better.

Alex
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Alex

Nice visuals but please change the outfit, cmon guys tell her to find something that looks better! It’s distracting and not suiting the song’s mood.

It doesn’t stand any chances to qualify unless juries go crazy again with Austria.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

…Is that really what she’s planning to wear?

Jeez, why is everyone this year dressing in such unfitting clothing?

I get she wore that in her music video, …but it legit looks like something you’d lounge around your house in

Yana
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Yana

Don’t like her outfit at all

Cesar's salad
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Cesar's salad

I am Austrian and I don’t know what will happen. But ORF does me proud with their professional approach year after year. I am so worried that the new management, which is in charge soon and delegated by the right-wing government, won’t care anymore about song contest by 2021. So I hope and pray that we will slay.

Btw. Limits hit me like a truck. I teared up like a grief-stricken widow when I heard this for the first time. Love my paenda gurl so much.

LiliWood
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LiliWood

The best of the day. And it was a surprise for me too

marty
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marty

that looks very promising.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It looks minimalist, gentle and ellegant, just as the song. The way William and Angus described it got me curious. I’ll probably like it (you were right this time, Zena), the jury may respect it, but don’t know if the televote will respond.

Anita
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Anita

It is my winner of today and ESCUnited who saw it had it also as a winner of today..

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’m glad to know it did well with people who were there. It gives me hope that the audience still can connect to the song as much as I do.

zzxxz
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zzxxz

Nice staging, her vocal on the point, I pretty like this song but, chorus could to be effective.

Ezal
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Ezal

Nice effort, but I don’t know if this could qualify, maybe when I see complete staging. That “costume” ruins the performance.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I won’t say the costume ruins it, but it’s not very flattering.

Tusán
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Yeah the forest setup worked for Germany in 2016 as well. Lol

Alex
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Alex

The problem was the ridiculous appearance of the artist. Don’t blame it on the background

Komentator
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Komentator

I expected much more from her…Song and vocal deserve much better stage performance and suitable costume…I’m sorry but bookmakers didn’t make a mistake…

NickC
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NickC

Great staging, but again, the song is not strong enough to qualify me thinks.

Karl Fradgley
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Karl Fradgley

This 100 percent deserves the final – I have a bad feeling that North Macedonia will have similar staging and they wil cancel each other out. Austrian entry one of my personal favourites

Denis
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Denis

Neither the song nor staging is convincing. It’s OK

miramax09
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miramax09

Odds are droping already 🙂 I knew it, well done ORF, you did everything right this year. Cheers

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Fake crying yes well done.

Henry
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Henry

Really? are you here just to tear down EVERY country except Russia?? poor you.

Hector
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Hector

Don’t know about the camera angles, but the staging looks very promising!

Loin dici
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From the looks of it, people were not convinced yet. But we haven’t seen camera angles yet — some of the other game-changing factors are in the camera angles. If Austria does it right, we might see it snatching some other people’s spot.

Colin
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Colin

I have a strong hunch that semi 2 will have at least one surprising qualifier and Austria is likely it. The juries will eat this up and honestly, it’s more engaging than Latvia when it comes to simplicity.

PP77
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PP77

My prediction surprising qualifier can be Romania,Ireland intead Armenia, N.Macedonia ,if we looking betting odds who will qualify. And maybe Lithuania took place instead Norway. Lithuania have UK,Ireland,Latvia plus other ex Soviet Union Moldova,Armenia,Azerbaijan,Russia, and they will get some points from Nordick Sweden, Denmark,Norway.

Conor K
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Conor K

Austria will qalify quite comfortably in my opinion. Its a charming song and the staging is great

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Austria is qualifying this year with THAT staging. I said it.
Hear me out: it’s simplistic, but super effective and moving. Juries are gonna go crazy once this song is on, and I think that the televote will respect her talent and the rawness of the performance.

Polegend Godgarina
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juries might fall for this, but the public ? nah

IVANOV
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IVANOV

No way they have already the NL for sob stories.

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

Televote will kick this one out for sure.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

On a weak SF maybe but Austria is on the same league as The Netherlands, North Macedonia. No way all three of these songs will qualify together.

Minerva
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Minerva

I also think there is something about the singing & staging that grabs the attention. We’ll have to wait and see the full dress rehearsal before the semi-final.