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Austria: National final for 2016

The Austrian national broadcaster ORF will organise a national final once again in 2016, its director Kathrin Zechner has confirmed. From the experience of hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest the format is expected to place further importance on the Austrian music industry and the broadcaster is expected to work with the industry on finding an entry in 2016. Other …

People of all participating nations live in Vienna – including San Marino

Time for some fun statistics! It has been evaluated how many people from the Eurovision 2015 countries currently live in Vienna. While Austria is unsurprisingly topping the list, there’s only one single Sammarinese citizen living there. Which of the participants will get the most local support? Will countries like Serbia, Germany and Poland get a significantly bigger hall reaction? We’ll …

Austria: Watch Conchita’s new music video

Austria’s beloved winner of Eurovision 2014, Conchita Wurst, has today released the music video for her latest single “You Are Unstoppable”, a noticeably more upbeat song compared to “Rise Like A Phoenix” or the follow-up single “Heroes”. The single is the third to be lifted from her upcoming album, Conchita, which will be released on 15th May (18th May in …

TONIGHT: Eurovision in Concert

So aside from the main show in May what would you say is the biggest event of the Eurovision calendar? Melfest? The semi-final draw? Some would in fact argue that the first big meeting of the cast of the year would be that moment, and tonight sees just that happening in the Dutch capital. 24 of the 40 performers in …

Eurovision Village: Details announced

Today the host broadcaster ORF has revealed further details regarding the Eurovision Village this year. An extensive Eurovision-related programme will be offered to all fans and citizens of Vienna. As we already know, the location of the Eurovision Village will be Rathausplatz, a large square in front of the town hall in the heart of the city. Edgar Böhm, the …

Stage construction begins today

Today things are getting serious in Vienna: This morning the host broadcaster ORF started occupying the Eurovision arena Wiener Stadthalle. Before any construction work could begin the whole complex had been scanned for anything suspicious by police dogs this morning. For increased security airport scanners have been installed as well. In the afternoon the first technical works in the arena …

The 2015 “Expert” Panel – AUSTRIA

The ESC United “Expert” Panel is back once again reviewing all Eurovision songs and rank them accordingly. You are probably asking yourself on how we pick our panel and the criteria. We looked at people from all walks of life to bring together a unique group of panelists with a wide range in taste. They all bring different skills and …

Austria: The Makemakes win WSFÖ

After three prerecorded shows and a live final, the Austrian national selection Wer singt für Österreich? has come to an end – The Makemakes will represent Austria on home soil with their song I am Yours. In the first round the votes of 10 international juries (Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain & United Kingdom) were combined …

TONIGHT: Austria decides

After three prerecorded shows, the Austrian national selection Wer singt für Österreich? will be concluded in a live final tonight. The 6 remaining acts will strive for the opportunity to represent Austria on home soil. The show starts at 20.15 CET – you’ll be able to watch it on the ORF livestream or on eurovision.tv. These are the six participants …

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