RtD14: Looking Back at Austria
Hey hey – I’m back! I’m so stoked to be going to Eurovision next year, that I’m reflecting back on my years of ESC fandom, country-by-country, entry-by-entry. Let’s continue our series looking back at the Eurovision entries of each country since 2007 by turning our gaze to Austria!
Oh, Austria. As we all know, this central European nation is not as good at ESC as most other nations, but it’s not the worst. Excuse me if I am not as reverent towards Austria as I am to most participating nations; I dislike the fact that they have set out several times because they didn’t think the others played fairly. I have very little sympathy for whiners and quitters.
2007 – Get A Life – Get Alive – A very decent entry that was derailed by an absolutely abysmal presentation. The outfits, the feathers, the bright lights – it took a year before I was able to watch this all the way through without cringing or turning away.
2011 – The Secret is Love – Austria returned from a few years of pouting with a powerful ballad that was wonderfully sung with a magically appearing choir. And Nadine Beiler joined an elite group of performers who performed a capella (the first verse was sung without accompaniment).
2012 – Woki Mit Deim Popo – Party rap in a fairly unknown dialect of German: only at Eurovision. This song won the Austrian selection due to its bright spirit, stage act, and raunchy performance – all of which were toned down to comply with EBU standards – taking away the awe and leaving us just with the shock.
2013 – Shine – A fairly typical pop song performed admirably. Unfortunately, it’s early spot in the running order and lack of any kind of major catching point made it quickly forgotten in the First Semi-Final in Malmö.
Let’s Take a Closer Look At: Austria 2011. So far, this is the only time that Austria has qualified out of the semi-final into the Grand Final. Granted, though, Austria has set out of four Contests since 2004. In my opinion, The Secret is Love is probably the strongest Austrian entry in recent memory – the lyrics are not as trite as Shine, the performance is understated and appropriate, unlike Get A Life – Get Alive, and no one can be offended about love – something that can’t be said about Woki Mit Deim Popo. If Austria hopes to qualify for the Final again, it needs to go back to basics, like they did in 2011.
Austria has now competed three consecutive times – let’s all hope and pray that they keep up their participation!