Speculation has been mounting as to who will represent Austria at Eurovision 2020. But now broadcaster ORF has confirmed that R&B singer Vincent Bueno will be Austria’s man in Rotterdam. He will sing the uptempo song “Alive”.
Austrian broadcaster ORF made the announcement this morning. Vincent shared his excitement for the opportunity, saying:
“Wow, even thinking about the fact that I am going to participate in the song contest gives me goosebumps. The Eurovision Song Contest is like the Eurocup for musicians and singers. The huge stage, all those artists doing their absolute best, all the songwriters and producers of Europe gathering in one place to celebrate their work while at the same time stepping into the ring – it is breathtaking and formidable. Let’s go, Austria!”
Vincent may be best known to Eurovision fans for his previous attempt at representing Austria. 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.
The R&B star is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. In 2017, Vincent 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”.
Watch Vincent accompany Nathan Trent on an acoustic performance of “Running On Air” in Kyiv:
When will Vincent Bueno’s song “Alive” be released?
“Alive” will be released sometime in 2020, however ORF has not given a specific date. But Vincent has dropped several clues about the song with five hashtags and a brief explanation of their meaning.
“I love to laugh. I’m a motivated guy. ‘Troubleshooting’ is my personal motto! I love my family above all, have a deep faith and both give me strength in my life. I love music, I love people. I’m very sensitive, which can sometimes be a disadvantage – ‘open-hearted’.”
“From the moment I let go of the fast-paced confirmation of social media and its pressures to be something specific, I reconnected with my identity. That makes me feel alive.”
“My happiness comes from deep within. It is something that no fame or money in this world could ever give me. I would like to use this energy purposefully.”
“All of us fight our own egos. An ego is like a high wall. If you break it down you realize how much easier and freer life can be.”
“Each and every one of us has the DNA of a hero or a heroine.”
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.
He has also released two albums — the German-language “Wieder leben” from 2016 and the English “INVINCEBLE” in 2018.
Vincent has released plenty of singles, including recent release “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 enduring despite the demands of parenthood.
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