In 2007, she won the talent show Starmania and went on to represent Austria at Eurovision 2011. Now, almost a decade on, Nadine Beiler has another achievement under her belt. Last night she won The Masked Singer Austria, where she was unmasked as the Yeti.
It’s been a short six-week series, but in that time, Nadine has made quite an impression as the cute and furry Yeti.
After a shaky start in the first week with her cover of Reamonn’s “Supergirl”, Nadine went on to win every one of her weekly duels. She covered Duffy’s “Mercy”, The Zutons’ “Valerie”, Sia’s “Elastic Heart” and also paid tribute to Austria’s Eurovision queen Conchita Wurst, with a performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
Despite all the different songs, one thing remained the same. Nadine’s powerful R&B vocals stood out and made her a frontrunner early on.
In this week’s grand final, the Yeti performed Radiohead’s “Creep”, then in the superfinal she reprised “Rise Like a Phoenix”. It was enough to impress the voting audience, who crowned the Yeti the inaugural winner of The Masked Singer Austria.
The Yeti received her trophy and then removed her furry mask and revealed to the audience that she was Nadine.
Nadine’s Yeti costume weighed six kilograms but was made using lightweight techniques to keep the weight down. The Yeti fur was made of six different types of synthetic fur as well as hundreds of flakes of snow glitter. Adding a glamorous touch, Svarovski crystals were used to add sparkle to the Yeti’s eyes.
The first episode of The Masked Singer Austria debuted in March. However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, production was put on hold for six months. The series resumed in mid-September and ran uninterrupted for the rest of the series.
Austria’s Eurovision stars on The Masked Singer
Nadine Beiler represented Austria at Eurovision 2011. Her song “The Secret is Love” placed 18th in the grand final, but impressed juries who ranked her fifth overall.
And Nadine isn’t the only Austrian Eurovision star to feature on The Masked Singer Austria. Earlier in the series, Trackshittaz rapper Lukas Plöchl was revealed to be the Climate Hero. While he’s known for rap, Lukas showed off a different side with heartfelt vocal performances.
Austria’s Eurovision 2017 singer Nathan Trent has a regular place on the judges’ panel. He was joined in week four by guest judge and Eurovision 2018 star Cesár Sampson. As well, the show is hosted by one of the glamorous hosts of Eurovision 2015, Arabella Kiesbauer.
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