There have been huge developments in the race to fly the flag for Austria at Eurovision 2022, as the country’s Eurovision scout Eberhard Forcher has been chatting to Wiwibloggs about the four potential acts to take the stage in Turin. He describes these as below:
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.Interview with Eberhard Forcher from Wiwibloggs // Descriptions from Wiwibloggs Instagram
There are some very exciting acts here with loads of potential – it seems like the team at ORF and considering a wide range of styles, sounds and the overall package at next year’s contest. With a 12th place semi-final finish for Vincent Bruno’s “Amen” in Rotterdam 2021, we’re looking forward to seeing what Austria do next. Can Austria make it back to the grand final with one of these four acts? Austria got it spot on with their 2014 win with “Rise Like a Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst, and with 2018 jury winner Cesár Sampson with “Nobody but You”. Both of these songs have a mixture of incredible stage presence, vocals and overall performance, it looks like they are hopeful for this in Turin. The takeaway here is that Eberhard Forcher wants to try something different from recent years and is really considering what it takes to have a lasting impression on the night – a big thumbs up to him!
Who are out of the four acts are most excited for? Any guesses as to who is who? What do you think of this direction for Austria? Let us know in the comments!