They’re Austrian A-listers who perform to sell-out crowds and who are known throughout the German-speaking world for their unique blend of rock and art pop.
But despite their massive hits like “Softdrink”, “Rosen zum Plafond”, and “Feinste Seide”, even Bilderbuch suffers from a “fear of failure” at Eurovision.
That’s just some of the tea from our hour-long interview with Austria’s Eurovision scout Eberhard Forcher, which we’ll publish in full in the coming week.
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Bilderbuch said no to Eurovision 2022 over “fear of falling”
Eberhard, who has worked with broadcaster ORF for several years to coax top talent to Eurovision, says he spent seven weeks speaking with the band’s manager.
“They’re like the Måneskin of Austria, with a different musical style, but they are so cool,” he says of his dream Eurovision act, who he thought might be interested after the global success of Italy’s most recent winners. “They are playing shows in Austria with 20,000 people. I thought, ‘This time I’ll get them.'”
Eberhard phoned up the band’s manager immediately after Eurovision.
“I had two long calls. He understood my arguments. I said, ‘What can you lose? What can you effing lose — you can only win!'”
Their manager understood the massive opportunity before them and kept the band in the mix for seven weeks. Ultimately, though, not even their management could win them over.
“He said, ‘I’ve done everything to convince them.’ As the lead singer said it, it’s the fear of falling.”
Want to know more about Austria’s Eurovision 2022 internal selection? Eberhard tells us about the four acts still in the running. Click here!
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