After Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam was cancelled because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Eurovision fans wondered which countries would keep their artists for Eurovision 2021.
Several have already declared their intention to stick with their 2020 acts, and on Thursday Austria became the latest to do so. Vincent Bueno will represent the country at Eurovision 2021.
#Eurovision Song Contest: Vincent Bueno wird Österreich 2021 beim #ESC mit einem neuen Lied vertreten. UND: "Mr. Song Contest proudly presents – Der ‚kleine‘ Song Contest“ mit den ESC-2020-Songs am 14., 16. und 18. April in #ORF1.https://t.co/mW1D40XsQ1
— ORF (@ORF) March 26, 2020
Vincent Bueno will represent Austria in Eurovision 2021
Vincent is very happy to be extended the opportunity to represent Austria at Eurovision 2021. He said: “I am incredibly happy that I can be there next year and thankful for ORF’s trust in me.”
The Austrian broadcaster ORF, who chose Vincent internally, is happy to continue the collaboration with Vincent. ORF Program Director Mag. Kathrin Zechner said:
“We chose Vincent Bueno last December because he is a unique performer who took every stage with his passion and would have swept Europe away with his incredible energy. In the past few months, he has fully met our expectations regarding the commitment, creativity and artistic implementation of his song, the video and his planned performance.”
Austria’s Eurovision 2020 replacement
ORF also revealed their plans to broadcast a replacement ESC2020. The Austrian broadcaster will organize the ESC Video Edition Challenge on April 14th, 16th and 18th at 8:15 p.m.
A jury with knowledge of Eurovsion will rank the videos of the 41 songs produced for Rotterdam in three shows. After the third and final show, the jury will announce their top 3. After this, the audience will be asked to vote for their favorite artists. Based on the jury votes and the audience votes, the video winner of ESC2020 will be announced.
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.
He has also released two albums — the German-language “Wieder leben” from 2016 and the English “INVINCIBLE” in 2018.
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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