Austria’s top rock act Bilderbuch may have passed on Eurovision 2022. But the country’s Eurovision scout is still feeling better than ever about his country’s chances at ESC in Torino.

Speaking about this year’s selection process in our to-be-published interview, Eberhard Forcher struck an upbeat tone, saying that he felt “anything was possible” for Austria.

He’ll present the final demos to management next week and anticipates an artist announcement in December.

From an internal selection of around 20 acts, just four remain — and he says each of them brings passion and enthusiasm for ESC.

“They really want to go there. I have not experienced this before — even with Cesar [in 2018], and even with Nathan [in 2017]. They opened their heart, but this time I have four acts that are really, really into it.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Austria: The four possible acts for Eurovision 2022

We’ll publish our full interview with the delightful Eberhard in the coming days. But for now you can swipe through our gallery above to hear some snippets of Eberhard teasing the four acts still in the race.

Act #1: “An electronic duo with origins in southern Tyrol” that lives in Vienna. They have  a “very distinctive sound.”

Act #2: An act that plays “a combination between electro-swing and EDM” with a “charismatic female singer”.

Act #3: An act from Styria who are a “very cool pop act, but not in the usual average radio-pop idiom.” They’re “very funky, but not too aggressive.”

Act #4: A young, male DJ-producer with a young female singer. “This guy is the most successful Austrian DJ act ever” with like 80 million Spotify followers and videos with 180 million YouTube clicks. 

Are you excited by everything Eberhard has to say? Do you think Austria can secure its first win since Conchita? Let us know in the comments box down below.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bryn Collins
Bryn Collins
12 days ago

I’m tired of the Electro swing slander Electro velvet gave it a bad name

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  Bryn Collins

All genres have good and bad entries.

roxy
roxy
12 days ago
Reply to  Bryn Collins

Austria will not send electro swing. dont worry.

Alex
Alex
14 days ago

I would love an act like Parov Stelar and Deladap although we all know Stelar has rejected Eurovision and he will never do it. electroswing is cool!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago

Whatever Austria chooses in the end, I appreciate that they’re not immediately thinking of doing rock just because of rock song won last year. They could stand out And getting to the final for the first time since 2018, but it all depends on the song. I look forward to see who they choose in the end.

Nils
Nils
15 days ago

It’s great to see so many countries putting so much effort into it this year. The Turin contest looks set to become one to remember for decades.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago
Reply to  Nils

The 2021 contest may have set the bar, but 2022 might have the potential to surpass it.

Nils
Nils
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yes, exactly! 🙂

lbod
lbod
15 days ago

#4 is kinda weird because for example Parov Stelar is almost at 1 million followers on Spotify. Who could be more successful in Austria and beyond ?

ales
ales
15 days ago
Reply to  lbod

maybe its LUM!X he is probably the biggest Austrian act internationally

Last edited 15 days ago by ales
GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
15 days ago
Reply to  lbod

If the mentioned DJ is actually the most successful Austrian DJ ever, then it might be DJ Ötzi (I just googled “Most successful Austrian DJ” and he popped up. I am not Austrian). I am not Austrian so don’t take my words for granted.

Last edited 15 days ago by GojoSatoru
roxy
roxy
15 days ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

It is LUM!X, he is not that well known even in Austria, because he is quite new. But when you hear his songs you will at least think you have heard them somewhere.

Meckie
Meckie
15 days ago

Act, so 4 groups or what? No so singers???

Meckie
Meckie
15 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

No solo singers?

Whisker
Whisker
15 days ago

All four options sound interesting. I’m looking forward to this.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
15 days ago

I wish some DJs joins ESC in the future. Rock has rightfully won and it’s time for EDM to shine!

Jonas
Jonas
15 days ago

There’s nothing for them to actually do, though.

Una
Una
16 days ago

Artist reveal in December? It’s nice to read about artists being enthusiastic about their eventual participation.
As per the description in the article, I would think that 3/4 write their music themselves.

roxy
roxy
16 days ago

#1 is ANGER
#2 is DELADAP (i guess)
#3 not sure, maybe GRAND NIGHTS
#4 is LUM!X i guess, which would be great!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
15 days ago
Reply to  roxy

Lum!x is italian

roxy
roxy
15 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Lumix is Austrian, Anger is Italian 😉

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
15 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Nvm, wikipedia is lying to me

roxy
roxy
15 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

He worked with Gabry Ponte

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
15 days ago
Reply to  roxy

Yeah when you type in lum!x wikipedia automatically links you through to the page about gabry ponte which makes you think they are one and the same person. Not smart on them

Lulu
Lulu
16 days ago

Act 4 sounds like DJ Ötzi – although I would not exactly describe him as young…

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
15 days ago
Reply to  Lulu

Yeah i’m searching and there isn’t a single succesful young austrian dj with a lot of spotify streams. I guess ‘young’ was meant with a flair of sarcasm.

Liv
Liv
15 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Parov Stelar has q huge amount of apotify streams. Maybe him?

Alex
Alex
14 days ago
Reply to  Liv

Parov Stelar does not have the number of streams/followers they mentioned in the article, plus he has rejected Eurovision.

roxy
roxy
15 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Lumix is 19 years old

T.J.
T.J.
16 days ago

number one is clearly „Anger“
The description is quite clear and there are not that many southtyrolian musical duos living in Vienna.

T.J.
T.J.
16 days ago

This is act one (not the song though):

https://youtu.be/O3U-cKrCQ3M

There are not that many southtyrolian duos living in Vienna and making music.

ZMG
ZMG
16 days ago

Could #2 not be Parov Stelar??? He’s Austrian, and tours with a female singer (who’s Moldovan by the way)

Lucky
Lucky
16 days ago

Out of these four, #2 is the one that catch my curiosity the most, hopefully it’s a good one that will bring more diversity in 2022’s genre.

“Electro-swing” isn’t always mean Electro Velvet. There’s many good electro swing musicians like Caravan Palace or Caro Emerald.

Alex
Alex
16 days ago
Reply to  Lucky

Caro Emerald would be amazing. The essence of Hooverphonic but electro swing

Alex
Alex
14 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Caro is Dutch…

roxy
roxy
16 days ago
Reply to  Lucky

It is Deladap and they are not that much into electro swing anymore

Lucky
Lucky
15 days ago
Reply to  roxy

just listening to Deladap and Parov Stelar, both sound good despite not being like 100% pure electro swing, so it’s pretty safe to assume #2 will be excellent if its either one of them.

Last edited 15 days ago by Lucky
roxy
roxy
15 days ago
Reply to  Lucky

The recent songs of both of them are not electro swing.

Joe
Joe
16 days ago

So none of these sound like Mathea sadly

Alex
Alex
16 days ago

Whenever I hear electro swing I either think of Caravan Palace, which would be fierce to see them at Eurovision (except most likely for France), or Electro Velvet which…was not a success. I mean Malta’s song last year was in-between the good and the bad, but hopefully this one will be better

Joe
Joe
16 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I was thinking Caravan Palace too. Watch a performance of Lone Digger on YT – I saw them perform it on Jools Holland and they are FANTASTIC live. France could do great with them.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
16 days ago

Act 2 mentioning electro swing immediately reminds me of Electro Velvet from 2015, which is obviously not good news.

Also I don’t know much about Austrian DJs but Act 4 should be relatively easy to figure out given the large number of Spotify followers and YouTube views.

The best part of the article is that it looks like all four acts will have upbeat pop songs, which is nice! (Not that there is anything wrong with ballads or anything that isn’t upbeat pop)

Last edited 16 days ago by ESCFanGA