He was among the first acts confirmed for Eurovision 2020. Now Austria‘s singer Vincent Bueno has released his song for Rotterdam, “Alive”.
The song was debuted this morning on the Austrian radio station Ö3 — the usual home of Austria’s Eurovision announcements.
The song is a funk-inspired pop track, with a Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars feeling — and of course there’s some Michael Jackson in there. The song is upbeat and the lyrics are positive, with Vincent singing “You make me feel like I’m alive again”. In Eurovision terms, it’s along similar lines to Guy Sebastian’s 2015 hit “Tonight Again”.
Vincent is playing to his strengths as both a singer, songwriter and an experienced Eurovision performer. The song builds and lets Vincent show off his vocals.
The song has been released with a music video where Vincent shows off his dance moves and ease as a performer. Set in an abandoned warehouse, Vincent performs the song both on his own and surrounded by a group of people wearing black masks. It’s stylish and smooth and may offer hints of the staging that Vincent will bring to Rotterdam.
Vincent Bueno – “Alive” (Austria Eurovision 2020)
What is behind “Alive”
In December, Vincent 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 was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He is of Filipino ethnicity. Vincent 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.
Vincent has also released two albums — the German-language Wieder leben (Being Alive Again) from 2016 and the English INVINCIBLE in 2018. He is already experienced when it comes to Eurovision. Vincent competed in Austria’s 2016 national selection and in 2017, he provided backing vocals to Nathan Trent.
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