Earlier this week, speculation arose that Austria‘s broadcaster ORF had selected singer-songwriter Thea Devy as their act for Eurovision 2020. But now the speculation continues, as Austrian media reports that R&B singer Vincent Bueno is, in fact, the act who’ll be heading to Rotterdam in May.
The Austrian newspaper Österreich reports that singer-songwriter Vincent Bueno has been internally selected to represent Austria at Eurovision 2020.
Vincent is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. In 2017, he supported Nathan Trent on backing vocals for “Running On Air”. Vincent also produced the remixed Spanish-language version of the song for Nathan, titled “Aire”.
Broadcaster ORF has not yet made any statement regarding their artist for Eurovision 2020. Based on previous years, it is possible that the broadcaster will announce their act for Rotterdam sometime in coming weeks.
Watch Vincent accompany Nathan Trent on an acoustic performance of “Running On Air” in Kyiv:
Who is Vincent Bueno?
Vincent Bueno is an Austrian-born singer of Filipino ethnicity. He came to fame in 2008 when he won the Austrian talent show Musical! Die Show. The show aimed to find the next Austrian star of musical theatre.
The following year, he competed on Dancing Stars, where he placed seventh. In 2010, Vincent travelled to the Philippines where he appeared on the popular variety show ASAP XV.
Vincent also had a previous attempt at representing Austria at Eurovision. In 2016 he competed in the last Austrian national final with the dance song “All We Need Is that Love”. It received a mid-table score from the jury and didn’t make it to the superfinal.
Vincent has released plenty of solo material, including recent single “Into You”. It has a cool, contemporary R&B sound and could be a sign of the sort of song Vincent might take to Rotterdam. And it’s evidence that he can rap as well as sing.
There’s another side of Vincent — the family man. Earlier this year, Vincent and his wife Charity Grace — performing as The Buenos — released the hilarious but sweet song “I Still See You”. The song celebrates a relationship surviving despite the demands of parenthood.
Austria has had mixed fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. After Conchita Wurst’s win in 2014, The Makemakes went the other way with nil points in 2015. Zoe and Nathan Trent placed 13th and 16th respectively in their years. Cesár Sampson enjoyed a triumphant third place in 2018, but Paenda failed to qualify in Tel Aviv.
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